Marshals arrest stabbing suspect

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No court date has been set for a 43-year-old Las Maravillas man who is accused of stabbing his wife multiple times with a pocket knife earlier this month.

The man, Dale Nielsen, 43, was arrested last week in Albuquerque after he led deputies on a chase that lasted more than eight hours from Mountainair to the Manzano Mountains a few days before.

Nielsen was arrested after he was found sleeping underneath a bridge crossing over I-40 near Eubank Boulevard on Feb 22.

After a short foot pursuit, officials from the U.S. Marshals Service took him into custody between the Walmart and Toyota dealership at Eubank and Copper NE.

On Feb. 20, Nielsen fled from law enforcement officials who attempted to pull over his gold Honda Accord on U.S. 60, according to a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service.

The press release said Nielsen got away and abandoned his car near N.M. 55 and went into the Manzanos by foot.

"Despite the repeated attempts to evade capture by eluding members of the Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team throughout many communities and dense mountain forests, and after several days of intense investigation, the trail ended for this fugitive," said U.S. Marshal Conrad Candelaria in a press release.

Michelle Wells of the Torrance County Sheriff's Department said Nielsen fled into forest land in the area of Tajique Torane, west of Estancia.

She said multiple agencies including the U.S. Marshals Service, Torrance County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico State Police and the Valencia County Sheriff's Office assisted in the pursuit.

About 8:45 p.m., the pursuit was called off due to extreme weather conditions. The chase began around noon, according to Wells.

Nielsen is alleged to have been involved in an incident where he stabbed his wife multiple times after an argument at their Las Maravillas home.

He fled from the area immediately following the incident.

The man's father, who lives at the residence, called police. The woman's current condition is unknown.

Nielsen is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and kidnapping for his alleged role in the Las Maravillas incident.

Nielson was added to the state's most wanted list last week before his capture.


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