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Las Cruces man stabbed girlfriend in the leg, attacked another woman, police say

Jarvaughn Coleman was charged with one count each of kidnapping, aggravated battery against a household member, tampering with evidence, false imprisonment and a misdemeanor count of battery against a household member.

A Las Cruces man accused of stabbing his 19-year-old girlfriend attacked another woman before his arrest, police said.

Police learned that Jarvaughn Lamont Coleman, 38, and his girlfriend were staying at 1550 W. Picacho Ave., and on Thursday, Coleman punched the woman and accused her of infidelity, police said.

Coleman then grabbed a fixed-blade knife and stabbed the woman once in the leg and threatened to kill her while he held her against her will, police said.

Later that day, Coleman took the woman to a friend’s home on the 1000 block of McFie Avenue, and allegedly hid the knife near the home and armed himself with a serrated knife, police said.

The two went back to the Picacho Avenue residence, and the victim was later able to call a friend for help as the two were walking to a store on Picacho Avenue, police said.

When Coleman saw the victim’s friend, he slapped his girlfriend before leaving, and the victim’s friend took her to the hospital, police said.

Police found out about the incident after the woman was taken to the hospital, and officers went to locate Coleman around 7:30 p.m., police said.

As officers arrived, Coleman grabbed a 26-year-old woman by the throat to keep her from talking, police said.

After an hour, the woman escaped the residence and two men inside pushed Coleman out the front door to officers, police said.

Coleman was charged with one count each of kidnapping, aggravated battery against a household member, tampering with evidence, false imprisonment and a misdemeanor count of battery against a household member.

He was booked into the county jail and is initially being held without bond.

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