Police: Man stabs wife several times

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Valencia County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who they say stabbed his wife multiple times with a pocket knife Monday morning at their Las Maravillas home.

Deputies say Dale Nielson, 43, stabbed his wife, Rebecca, after the couple had a disagreement in their bedroom at their residence on Chamisa Cove about 7:40 a.m.

Nielson is alleged to have stabbed his wife in the throat and the chest area.

"We are not sure what (the disagreement was about)," said Valencia County Sheriff's Capt. Gary Hall.

As of Tuesday, Hall said he was not sure of the woman's condition. She was listed in critical condition Monday at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

The captain said she was hooked up to an intubation machine to help her breathe. The treatment also will help with the swelling in her throat, he said.

Hall said Nielson fled from the area immediately following the incident at an unknown direction of travel.

He said the man's father, who lives at the residence, called police. Hall said deputies, who were in the area at the time, responded to the home within one minute.

The woman was airlifted by helicopter to UNM-H.

Nielson is described as 6-feet tall, weighing about 220 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

He was last seen driving a 2002 gold four-door Honda Accord with the New Mexico license plate of MMF-131. There is also a CNM sticker on the left corner of the rear window.

On Monday afternoon, detectives searched the home and collected evidence.

Hall said he doesn't know of any domestic disputes between the couple in the past.

"To my knowledge, we haven't been there in the recent past," Hall said. "I'm not sure if (deputies) have ever been there."

An arrest warrant has been issued for Nielson, who is expected to be charged with attempted murder.

Neighbor Kevin Dalton has lived across the street from the couple for the past three months. He said he doesn't plan on changing his routine due to the incident in his neighborhood.

Dalton said he sees the neighbors sporadically.

Dalton first learned of the incident on Monday afternoon.

"It concerns me," Dalton said. "I was waiting to see if the cops were going to come talk to us."

Rick Muehlhausen lives next door to where the incident happened. He said the neighbors have been quiet and keep to themselves.

Muehlhausen said he has had "no problems" with his neighbors in the year he has lived at the residence. He said he first knew something was amiss when he saw deputies next door that morning.

Muehlhausen, a former sheriff's deputy from Illinois, said the incident was surprising, but said it's hard to tell where a crime will occur.

"These things happen," Muehlhausen said.

Hall said detectives were going to try to interview the woman on Tuesday.

"We have the crime scene completed," Hall said. "Now we are going to attempt to locate this individual."

If you have any information on this case, call the Valencia County Sheriff's Department at 866-2400.


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