FARMINGTON — Farmington police arrested a man Thursday night on suspicion of stabbing another man several times during an argument at a party in south Farmington.

It was the third stabbing in San Juan County in the last 10 days.

Jameson Labranche, 38, was charged with aggravated battery for allegedly stabbing Juan Valencia, 32, three times on the left side of his face and neck, Sgt. Casey Malone said.

The stabbing was reported at 1203 S. Griffin shortly after 10 p.m. on Thursday. The residence is south of Old Bloomfield Highway in Farmington.

The stabbing was during a party at the residence there. Both Labranche and Valencia were intoxicated, Malone said.

When police entered the home they quickly found Valencia. He didn't appear to have life-threatening injuries and he was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center.

Labranche was hiding in a back bedroom and surrendered to police, Malone.

While Valencia was being treated at the hospital he became combative with staff. He was arrested for suspicion of battery on a health care worker, Malone said.

Two of the three recent stabbings stemmed from alcohol-related arguments. The other stabbing took place during an alleged kidnapping that spawned from a money dispute.

On Monday night, Chavez Charles Martin Jr., 49 , allegedly stabbed Anthony Norberto, 34. Norberto was stabbed near his home at 600 Melba Lane while he was a passenger in Martin's truck.


Norberto died later Monday night.

Martin was charged with an open-count of murder.

Norberto's neighbor said Martin and Norberto spent the three days prior to the stabbing drinking and working in Norberto's yard.

Police said the men were intoxicated and arguing over something from Norberto's childhood when Martin stabbed him in the back and neck.

Matthew Harrison, of Crouch Mesa, was stabbed Wednesday April, 10.  San Juan County Sheriff's Office Lt. Cory Tanner said Harrison was in his bedroom when a group of men broke into his house. Harrison started fighting with the men and a woman in his kitchen and he was stabbed in the back.

Tanner said Harrison owed two of the suspects money. The suspects forced him into a car and took him to a residence in Farmington before they released him the next morning.

Harrison received 31 stitches and was treated at the hospital for injuries to his head.

Matthew Russell, 24, Thomas Salazar, 21, Jeanie Sanchez, 25 and Mark Hinojos, 24, have all been arrested in connection to the case. They were charged with second-degree felonies for kidnapping and armed robbery and other charges.

They are all being held in jail on $100,000 bonds.

Ryan Boetel can be reached at rboetel@daily-times; 505-564-4644. Follow him on Twitter at @rboetel.