Man stabbed trying to break up argument

ALAMOSA—A bystander trying to break up an argument between a couple outside the Purple Pig Pub early Saturday morning received a stab wound in the leg for his efforts.

Charges are pending against the man and woman involved in the altercation and subsequent stabbing.

According to Alamosa Police Chief Duane Oakes, the incident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, in the 600 block of Main Street in the area near the Purple Pig Pub. The incident began with a dispute between Nicholas Beckwith, 27, Alamosa and Lenora Hijar, 33, Alamosa. When Beckwith became aggressive and physical with Hijar, a bystander stepped in, and a fight began between the two men, according to Oakes.

Beckwith produced a knife during the altercation and stabbed the victim in the leg. Beckwith then fled the area but was caught shortly afterwards, Oakes said. Beckwith suffered minor injuries in the altercation outside the pub and was treated at the hospital and released to law enforcement custody.

The victim was treated for the stab wound, which was not life threatening, and released.

Beckwith was charged with harassment, reckless endangerment and domestic violence in relationship to the initial incident and first-degree assault, tampering with physical evidence, menacing, obstructing and resisting in relationship to the subsequent stabbing. He was booked in the Alamosa County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

Hijar was charged with false reporting to authorities, obstructing and accessory to a crime. She was also booked into jail on a $5,000 bond.