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APD: Customer beat, stabbed motel manager

Juan Gonzales (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When an Albuquerque motel manager told a homeless man he couldn’t stay another day, police say, he beat her, stomped on her and stabbed her with scissors Tuesday before running off.

Juan Claudio Gonzales, 43, is charged with assault and two counts of aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm.

The woman, who was working the front desk at a Days Inn, was hospitalized in critical condition, but police say she is expected to survive.

Reached by phone Wednesday, another manager of the motel refused to give any details about the incident or his employee.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court:

Police responded to the stabbing at the Days Inn on Central near Interstate 25 after paramedics took the woman to a hospital with severe injuries to her face, head and neck.

Arriving officers found a large amount of blood and obtained security camera video from the motel that showed the incident.

In the video, the woman is seen speaking with Gonzales, who was dragging a “large assortment” of belongings, at the front desk before he walks out, according to police. The woman looks through the window and “appears to be scared or concerned” as she watches Gonzales leave.

Police say Gonzales walked back in a “short time later” and confronted the woman before attacking her, throwing her to the floor and stomping on her face, neck and head several times.

Gonzales then went behind the counter, grabbed a pair of scissors and stabbed the woman as she lay on the floor, according to police. Gonzales put the scissors on the counter and left the motel on foot.

Police arrested Gonzales around 3:30 p.m. outside the Good Shepherd homeless shelter Downtown, and he agreed to speak with them.

Gonzales told police he stabbed the woman in the neck and “killed her” because she would not let him stay at the motel another night. He said he knew of the shelters available in the area but “reiterated his desire” to kill the woman because of her refusal.

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