A Tucumcari man stabbed on Sunday may have been targeted for revenge after his assailants believed he had reported a crime, court records show.
Dustin Raines on Sunday was visiting a resident at 318 E. Turner when the incident occurred, police said.
Raines told police that Frank Salas, Jr. confronted him inside the residence, claiming that Raines reported Salas’ father to police.
Police records show that Frank Salas, Sr. was arrested Jan. 7 on a magistrate warrant for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Lt. Charles Newman of Tucumcari police said he does not know how the senior Salas came to be arrested. “It could have been that a police officer simply arrested him,” Newman said.
Raines said Frank Salas, Jr. stabbed him in the back and that the stabbing continued while he was being kicked and hit by others in the room, court records show. Raines was stabbed seven times and he reported $163 was stolen from him during the incident. An off-duty police officer found him about 4:45 p.m., bleeding and walking near Main Street
Frank Salas Jr., Andrew Gutierrez and Vince Molinas are all charged with attempted murder and armed robbery, police said. They were each in Quay County Detention Center on $500,000 cash bond.
The three men were arrested at the East Turner residence.
Lt. Newman said others may have also been involved in the incident and police are looking for several individuals to interview. Newman said police will question Raines more as he recovers from his wounds.
Newman said Raines was transported to Northwest Texas Medical Center in Amarillo.
“We think he will be alright,” Newman said.