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Hearing set in stabbing case

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 28th, 2012

Joseph Earl Bailon and Robert Cody McGuire

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — Two men who were allegedly involved in a recent stabbing incident outside a local bar are scheduled to appear in Alamosa County Court on Dec. 20, following their apprehension in New Mexico on unrelated charges.

Joseph Earl Bailon and Robert Cody McGuire reportedly fled the scene of a bloody Oct. 7 altercation on State Avenue that left one man with serious injuries and another man with knife wounds to his left arm.

Both defendants are now in custody at the Alamosa County Jail, after they were arrested last month in Española, N.M., on charges stemming from a separate alleged assault. (Rio Arriba County prosecutors subsequently dismissed those charges without prejudice.)

Bailon, 34, currently faces two felony charges in Alamosa County: assault in the first degree and assault in the second degree; he has also been charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

McGuire, 24, faces a felony count of conspiracy to commit assault in the first degree and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

The charges against the two defendants date back to Oct. 7, when they allegedly got into a fight with brothers Angel Nieto and Leonel Burciaga in the 500 block of State Avenue.

When authorities arrived at the scene, they found that Burciaga was bleeding from his left arm. They noted that Nieto also sustained serious injuries to his left arm and left shoulder.

Both men said at the time that Bailon stabbed them, and according to a report from Alamosa Police Corporal John Vasquez, Bailon later admitted that he stabbed Nieto during the fight.

“He said that he was so mad that he snapped,” Vasquez reported.

However, the suspect reportedly said he did not remember stabbing Burciaga.

McGuire, meanwhile, allegedly told Vasquez he was involved in a fight with one of the two brothers, but added that was the extent of his participation in the incident.

The mother of the two injured men was also present at the scene, and according to her official statement, Bailon pushed her to the ground when she tried to break up the fight.

According to Vasquez’s report on the incident, Burciaga initially arrived at the scene to pick up his family members, only to find that McGuire was allegedly fighting his brother.

When Burciaga tried to stop the fight, Bailon reportedly punched him in the face. But the dispute didn’t end there.

After Burciaga returned to his vehicle, authorities allege that Bailon stabbed him with a folding knife. Once the fight between McGuire and Nieto was over, authorities say Bailon stabbed Nieto.

Both suspects allegedly ran away from the scene when they heard sirens blaring in the distance. Their whereabouts were unknown until an Española Police detective informed Vasquez the two men were being held in New Mexico on local charges.

Bailon’s bond currently stands at $50,000; McGuire’s bond has been set at $20,000.

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