Police: Beer pong leads to throat slashing - Albuquerque Journal

Police: Beer pong leads to throat slashing

Matthew Duran, 20. (MDC)
DURAN: Faces attempted murder, other charges

An Albuquerque man was in critical condition after, police say, another man cut his throat with a broken whiskey bottle during a fight over beer pong at a Northeast Albuquerque hotel.

The suspect, 20-year-old Matthew Duran, was later arrested in the attack and faces a slew of felony charges.

Officers were called to Hotel Cascada near Carlisle and Interstate 40 on Sunday and found 20-year-old Isaac Cobos-Alvarado sitting outside one of the rooms holding a towel to his neck.

Paramedics discovered that an artery in his neck had been cut and he lost 2 liters of blood before being taken into surgery at the University of New Mexico Hospital. He was in critical condition Sunday, and police spokesman Tanner Tixier said he was still alive Monday, but didn’t know his condition.

Officers who remained at the hotel were left with a gruesome crime scene. “The crime scene can only be described as where a bloodbath or slaughter took place,” an officer wrote in the criminal complaint filed against Duran.

Witnesses said Cobos-Alvarado told them Duran hit him over the head with a bottle over a $20 bet while the two were playing beer pong.

Police allegedly found 13 grams of cocaine in Duran’s pants, which were left at the scene, along with 19 grams of marijuana and 180 oxycodone tablets in his bag, according to the complaint.

When officers interviewed Duran, he told officers he started wrestling with the victim, who hit him in the head, but said he didn’t remember the victim being hit by a bottle.

He was charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and two counts of trafficking a controlled substance, and was booked into the county jail.

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