Regional
9:40 pm
Mon July 13, 2009

Las Cruces Man Allegedly Stabs Girlfriend

Las Cruces, NM – A Las Cruces man was taken into custody for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend multiple times with a kitchen knife.
According to the Las Cruces Police Department, Vincent Mata, 22, of west Hadley Avenue, attacked his girlfriend shortly before two a.m. on Monday.

Las Cruces Police Spokesman, Dan Trujillo, says Mata initially lied to responding officers, blaming the attack on an unknown group of men.

He says, "Mr. Mata was outside the residence. He told us that there were some men who came in and stabbed his girlfriend multiple times. When inside, officers asked her what happened and she said my boyfriend stabbed me. They verified who her boyfriend was and sure enough it was the man who was outside."

Trujillo says the twenty-four year old girlfriend was stabbed more than six times. Fortunately, he adds, the kitchen knife was small and had a bent tip.

The victim was transported to University Medical Center of El Paso and is expected to recover. Mata was taken to the Dona Ana County Detention Center. He's charged with aggravated battery using a deadly weapon and false imprisonment.