LLPD look for evidence in assault

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Police are trying to figure out who cut a man's throat while trying to steal his vehicle at a local car wash Tuesday morning.

Los Lunas Lt. Naithan Gurule said an injured 48-year-old Los Lunas man walked into the Bella Vida Primary Care Clinic after 10 a.m. Tuesday with injuries to his neck.

"He showed up to the clinic with a wound to his neck," Gurule said. "When our officers got there, they tried to get as much information from him as they could. (The victim) told them two individuals were trying to take his car at the Valley Laser Car Wash, and cut his throat with an unknown object."

Gurule said as the man was talking to the officer, the victim lost consciousness and could not provide further details. The man was transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. The lieutenant said while officers initially thought the victim's injuries were serious, they later learned it was not a life-threatening wound and he will be OK.

While officers were talking to the victim, Gurule said other officers were dispatched to the car wash, located at 1159 Main St.

"They weren't able to locate any evidence that this is where the incident happened," Gurule said. "They checked all the other car washes in town, and again didn't find any evidence. This is not to say that it didn't happen, or where the victim said it did."

Gurule also said officers didn't find any witnesses and, because the car wash where the incident might have taken place is under new management, the video equipment was not functioning.

Los Lunas police detectives are currently investigating the case and will be processing the victim's vehicle, a small four-door passenger vehicle, and re-interviewing the victim in an attempt to get more information.

If anyone has information about this incident, call Detective Denise Romero at 839-3855, or Text-A-Tip to 274637 (start your text keyword: LLPD) or report the information online at www.loslunasnm.gov/reportcrime.


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