LAS CRUCES — A man suspected of stabbing his girlfriend twice after she used a knife on him during a heated argument has been charged with a third-degree felony.
The Las Cruces Police Department reports Jesus Moreno Jr., 21, is charged with one count of aggravated battery against a household member.
Police report they were dispatched to a report of a double stabbing about 4 p.m. Sunday, March 26, in the 1000 block of West Picacho Avenue. Officers found Moreno with a single stab wound to a leg and his 18-year-old girlfriend suffering from two stab wounds to her right leg, police said.
Both were transported to MountainView Regional Medical Center with not life-threatening injuries, police report.
An LCPD news release said investigators learned the couple got into an argument after Moreno accused his girlfriend of stealing a marijuana cigarette. Investigators learned the two argued for a while until Moreno grabbed the woman from behind and began to strangle her, the release said.
The woman indicated that, at some point, she felt as though she was about to pass out, the release said. That’s when she allegedly grabbed a folding knife that she carries and stabbed Moreno once. As the woman tried to crawl away, police said, Moreno allegedly grabbed another knife and stabbed her twice.
Moreno was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center where he’s initially being held without bond.
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