BELEN — An off-duty Belen police officer was stabbed several times last week, and her 18-year-old son is facing charges of assault with intent to commit murder and aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon, both third-degree felonies.

Timothy Perry

New Mexico State Police are investigating the allegations that Timothy Perry stabbed his mother shortly before midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at their residence on the 1000 block of W. Aragon Road.

According to the affidavit for Perry’s arrest warrant, when Belen police officers arrived on the scene a man with blood on his hands, who was later identified as a neighbor who helped bandage the victim’s injuries, directed them to the apartment where Perry lived with his mother.

Officers gave verbal commands for anyone in the apartment to exit with their hands up, which Perry did. He was taken into custody and transported to the Belen police station without incident.

The off-duty officer fled the apartment and sought assistance from neighbors.

When interview by officers with NMSP, the mother said she had been talking to a sibling via Facetime, and Perry could hear their conversation.

“They also mentioned Timothy should get a job as well,” the affidavit reads, to which he responded he wouldn’t get a job unless he had “emotional motivation.”

After the call, the mother was in her bathroom when she saw her son “peeking through his door when he closed distance and (stabbed) her with his right hand.”

The mother told officers she defended herself with her left arm, Perry reached into his pocket and stabbed her with something else on her head.

“While she was being stabbed, Timothy told her ‘I want you dead,’ and she told him, ‘You’re my son,’ to which he laughed and said, ‘I’m your son,’” the affidavit reads.

Believing he was going to kill her, the victim fled the apartment, the document says. Neighbors who helped the officer told investigators they saw two large cuts on the right and left side of her head, on her forehead and her upper left arm.

When he was interviewed after being read the Miranda warning, Perry declined to speak to officers. He was booked into the Valencia County Detention Center early on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 21, and released on his own recognizance to a third-party custodian with an address in West Pueblo, Colo., on Monday, Sept. 26.

Perry will be issued a GPS monitoring device and was ordered to report to pre-trial services after his release.

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Julia M. Dendinger began working at the VCNB in 2006. She covers Valencia County government, Belen Consolidated Schools and the village of Bosque Farms. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande chapter’s board of directors.