2 charged in stabbing case

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By Karl Moffatt
Las Vegas Optic

Two Las Vegas men are behind bars after allegedly stabbing another man at a house party on the 2000 block of Church Street early Saturday morning.

Joshua Lucero, 23, of the 300 block of Santa Fe Street and Johnathan Vigil, 21, of the 1500 block of Romero Street, both in Las Vegas, are charged with aggravated battery and conspiracy in the stabbing of Keith Tarr, according to a probable cause statement filed in the case at San Miguel Magistrate Court.

Las Vegas police learned of the stabbing after coming across a crowd of 10 to 15 people fighting in the street. They followed the fleeing group to a nearby home on the 2000 block of New Mexico Avenue where officers then broke up a house party.

A short time later police learned that a stabbing victim had checked himself in at the Alta Vista Regional Hospital where responding officers were able to interview Tarr.

Tarr, no age given, told police he and some friends were partying at his place that night when they decided to check out a house party they had heard about on New Mexico Avenue.

Shortly after they arrived several men approached Tarr and asked if he “wanted to get his (expletive) beat” before one of the attackers pulled out a black handgun and stated “let’s get it,” according to the court records.

The men then jumped Tarr,  who said the beating only lasted a couple of minutes because the cops showed up so quickly, the statement noted.

Tarr said all of his assailants fled the scene and that he knew he was hurt pretty badly but not how badly until he got home and discovered his shirt covered with blood.

Tarr told police he was hesitant to go to the hospital where they’d call police because his attackers had done this to him before and gotten away with it, according to investigating officer Luis Ortega’s statement.

But upon feeling faint and having trouble breathing Tarr went to the hospital where responding officers were able to show him photos of suspects whom Tarr then identified as his attackers.

Tarr was airlifted to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe where he was treated and has since been released.

Lucero and Vigil are being held in the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 cash bond each following their arraignment before Magistrate Chris Najar on Monday.