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Law enforcement seeks stabbing suspect

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 11th, 2013

CONEJOS — A suspect is currently on the run from Conejos County law enforcement agents following a break in that turned into a stabbing.

The suspect broke into a La Jara area home around 4 or 5 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, and stabbed one of the residents.

According to a Conejos County Sheriff’s Office alert issued Monday evening, a husband and wife were awakened at their home in the La Jara area by a stranger wielding a knife saying he needed a car to leave the area. An altercation ensued and the husband received serious laceration injuries, according to the sheriff’s department. 

During the altercation the suspect also sustained an injury to his hand from the knife.

The wife gave the suspect a set of keys to one of their vehicles. The suspect ran out of the house and attempted to flee in the vehicle.

The vehicle did not start.  The suspect then fled to a near-by residence and knocked on the door.  Upon answering the door, the startled neighbor agreed to the suspect’s demand for a ride to the Antonito area, according to the sheriff’s department.

The suspect fled the scene and is currently being sought by Conejos County Sheriff’s Department.

“We have contacted hospitals in the area, both Colorado and New Mexico and told them to contact us if anyone comes in fitting the suspect’s description and injury profile,” said Conejos County Sheriff’s Deputy Howard Galvez.

The suspect will have a severe laceration on the palm of his right hand from a knife wound.

The suspect may be in New Mexico. Law enforcement agencies in Colorado, New Mexico and nationwide have been alerted to be on the lookout for this fugitive.

Law enforcement is looking for a Hispanic male, 20-30 years old, stocky build, 5’4”-5’7” in height, approximately 190 pounds with short, cropped brown or black hair, clean shaven with no visible tattoos. The suspect was last seen wearing dark colored jeans and a reddish brown t-shirt with black lettering. The man is thought to have a slurred speech impediment. The public is encouraged to contact the Conejos County Sheriff’s office if they see a suspicious person fitting the description.

The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous and may have ties to the towns of Monte Vista or Del Norte. Anyone who believes that they can identify this suspect, do not attempt to contact him, contact local law enforcement immediately.

Conejos County Sheriff Robert Gurule would like to remind everyone to be diligent with regard to locking their homes, cars and outbuildings. Also, Sheriff Gurule stated this suspect was not an escapee from the Conejos County Jail.

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