San Juan County, NM – On August 23, 2013 at approximately 2139 hours San Juan County Sheriff’s deputies responded to San Juan Regional Medical Center in reference to a female victim with a stab wound. The victim had been taken to the emergency room by a neighbor.
When deputies interviewed the victim she reported that she and her husband, Lawrence Salazar, age 59 of Aztec NM, had been married for the past two years. The victim said the couple had arrived at their home, located on County Road 3000 at approximately 6 pm. When they got home, the victim informed her husband that she was going to Gallup and “he could not stop her”.
“According to the victim, Salazar then went into their kitchen, retrieved a knife and returned to the living room,” said San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Detective Connie Johnston. “Salazar then grabbed the victim by the hair, held the knife to her throat, and told her repeatedly that he was going to kill her.”
The couple struggled and at one point Salazar dragged her down the hall by her hair and into their bedroom explained Johnston. “He ordered her from one room of the home to another,” said Johnston. “Eventually he called a neighbor and had her come to the home. The neighbor was able to convince Salazar to allow her to take the victim to the hospital.”
After interviewing the victim, deputies went to the couple’s home where they found Salazar. He was arrested without incident. Salazar was charged with: Kidnapping, Aggravated Battery with a deadly weapon on a household member, Aggravated Assault with intent to commit a violent felony on a household member, Tampering with evidence and Domestic Violence Battery.