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19-year-old arrested for another stabbing in Santa Fe

SANTA FE — A young Santa Fe man is charged with his second knife attack in less than a year after he sent a woman to the hospital with nine stab wounds early Friday morning.

Matthew Culley, 19, is charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, one count of tampering with evidence and two counts of larceny after stabbing the woman near Galisteo Street and West DeVargas Street downtown.


Matthew Culley

The victim is in stable condition, Santa Fe Police Department spokesman Greg Gurule said Friday afternoon.

According to a criminal complaint, the woman walked into Hotel St. Francis around 3 a.m., covered in blood, and said she needed medical attention. Police later found Culley under a bridge at Galisteo and West DeVargas and arrested him after finding that he matched the woman’s description of the attacker and had blood on his pants.

Culley is already facing charges for stabbing a man in Santa Fe in October. He was out of jail on an unsecured bond and electronic monitoring, according to court records.

Culley also faced felony charges for the 2017 beating and kidnapping of Michael Willms, who was found dead in his apartment earlier this year. The 2017 case involving Willms was dropped after Willms’ death by stabbing at his midtown apartment in late June.

Santa Fe County jail records indicate that Culley was locked up when Willms was killed.