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Gallup, Jan. 24

A Church Rock man is now facing ten charges after reportedly stabbing two people.

Fernando Largo, 24, has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery, three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of abuse of a child and a count each of tampering with evidence and resisting or evading an officer.

On Jan. 24, Gallup Police Officer Michael Eley was dispatched to the Redwood Lodge, 907 E. Hwy. 66, in connection with a stabbing. When he arrived, he saw a man and woman lying in the parking lot.

Nathan King was lying on his side with a visible laceration on his right side. Valicia Ayze had a visible wound to her left forearm.

Ayze said she was outside one of the units when she got into an argument with Largo, who slashed her with a kitchen knife. King was then slashed with the same knife. Her three children were inside the unit and witnessed the attack, she said.

They ran from the unit after the attack. Largo then fled the scene. He was later arrested at the El Rancho Hotel.

The knife used in the attack was later found at the nearby Taco Bell, 914 E. Hwy. 66. King and Ayze were transported to a local hospital for treatment.


Gallup, Jan. 4

Gallup police officers were dispatched to the Joseph Soup Kitchen, 450 Fifth St., about 5 pm on Jan. 4 in connection with a report of two women fighting.

Nobody was found fighting, but during the investigation, police interviewed Chance Castillo, 35, of Gallup. He was visibly intoxicated and became combative and had to be put into handcuffs.

He continued to yell at police and had to be placed in a van to be taken to Gallup Detox. In the van, Gallup Police Officer Ryan Salazar said Castillo continued to yell that he wanted to fight with police.

When police were attempting to remove him from the van at the center, Salazar said Castillo attempted to attack him, so he moved to the side and took him to the ground. Castillo was then charged with assault of a peace officer and taken to a local hospital for treatment for a small cut he sustained when being taken to the ground.

A breath alcohol test was performed at the hospital and he posted a sample of .27. After being treated, he was transported to the county jail and booked.


Gallup, Jan. 5

Gallup Patrolman Michael Eley said he was on routine patrol on South Second Street on Jan. 5 when he was stopped at a gas station to get fuel. While putting gas in his vehicle, he was told of two people fighting at and then leaving the gas station.

He went after them and conducted a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Gianna Chee, 20, of Vanderwagen, had blood on her face. A man, Kasey Benally, was a passenger in the unit. He also had blood onhis face and hands.

Chee got out of her car and said that she and her boyfriend got into an argument that became physical. She admitted to slapping Benally several times in the face, giving him a bloody nose. She said the blood on her face was his.

Benally’s knuckles were red, but he said he did not strike Chee. The redness came from striking the car dashboard several times. Chee also said Benally did not hit her.

Benally said he had several drinks earlier in the day. Chee said she only had one. Chee was arrested for battery on a household member. Benally was allowed to call a friend to drive him home.