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APD seeking suspect following stabbing incident

David Lynch
September 24, 2017 04:44 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M – Albuquerque police are searching for a 27-year-old man they say was involved in a deadly incident Saturday night that resulted in one person dead from stab wounds.

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Court databases show this isn’t the first run-in with the law for the suspect, Jose Casanova Perez, who is being charged with an open count of murder and armed robbery following the incident. His criminal history dates back nearly a decade and includes charges of rape, aggravated assault and burglary.

According to court documents, police arrived at a West Side apartment complex in response to emergency calls and found Christopher Atencio in the parking lot being held by his girlfriend.

Atencio was taken to UNM Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries, police say.

The girlfriend told police Atencio had allegedly arrived at her apartment with Perez, her “baby daddy” earlier in the evening. Both seemed intoxicated, she said, and court documents state she initially said she told them to stay outside.

Later, she said, she found Atencio on the ground outside as Perez allegedly fled the area.

However, court documents show that the girlfriend changed her story to police after being taken into custody, saying that both men were drinking with her inside her apartment. The two men allegedly got into a verbal altercation that later turned physical, with Perez getting hold of a knife and stabbing Atencio in the chest.

Perez also made off with some money that Atencio had allegedly thrown at his girlfriend out of frustration.

In this version of events, she said Atencio then tried chasing after Perez as she was getting a shirt to clean the wound, and ended up collapsed outside.

Police said they searched the apartment and found blood throughout, as well as “a hunting knife with possible blood.”

According to court documents, a witness later told police that they saw a man “on a red bike fleeing the area at a high rate of speed.” The witness’s description of the man, police say, is consistent with Perez’s, which led police to seek an arrest warrant.

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