A Los Lunas man is fighting for his life in an Albuquerque hospital after he was stabbed multiple times Thursday evening.
James Garley, 27, was working alone in a fireworks tent located on NM 47 Thursday afternoon when someone stabbed him three times in the chest during a robbery.
Los Lunas Police Lieutenant Detective Charles Nuanes said Garley, who is a village employee, was able to flag down a motorist to report he was hurt.
“When we arrived, we determined there was a robbery,” Nuanes said. “We found that there was an undetermined amount of money taken from the victim.”
Although Garley was alone in the tent and there were no customers around, Nuanes said witnesses saw several people leave the scene at a high rate of speed just before Garley staggered out of the tent. Witnesses told police they saw two or three subjects in a black-colored pickup-truck leave southbound on NM 47 from the parking lot.
“We are following up on information we found out about the vehicle,” Nuanes said. “We also alerted other law enforcement agencies to be on the look-out for the vehicle.”
If anyone has information about this case, call Lt. Charles Nuanes at the Los Lunas Police Department at 865-9130.
Clara Garcia is the editor and publisher of the Valencia County News-Bulletin.
She is a native of the city of Belen, beginning her journalism career at the News-Bulletin in 1998 as the crime and courts reporter. During her time at the paper, Clara has won numerous awards for her writing, photography and typography and design both from the National Newspaper Association and the New Mexico Press Association.