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"Physical Altercation" in Marfa Leads to Man Being Stabbed 17 Times


A late-night confrontation in Marfa over the weekend resulted in one man being stabbed 17 times, and the 20-year-old Marfa resident who allegedly committed the act charged with a second degree felony.

According to the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrived at 300 W. Galveston Street in Marfa just after 2 AM Sunday morning and found that a "physical altercation” between two men - Paul Baeza and Luis Aguilar - had escalated into Aguilar stabbing Baeza 17 times.

Authorities said Aguilar initially fled the scene on foot, but was later apprehended at his home on W. Sacramento Street just before 3 AM.

Aguilar was booked into the Presidio County Jail and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony. He was still in custody as of Tuesday afternoon.

Baeza was taken by Marfa EMS to Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine, and later transferred Odessa for further care, where authorities said he was in stable condition as of Monday.

Emma Rogers on the same street where the stabbing allegedly took place. She said she heard people loudly partying near that location late into the night on Saturday.

"It was just pretty much like a really, really rowdy get-together," she said. "The cars were just filling the streets."

Rogers said she went to sleep and later woke up and saw police lights flashing outside. She said the next morning cars were still lining the street near the party, and at least one deputy was back on the scene.

Authorities said Aguilar was taken into custody by Presidio County Deputies John Subia and Mitchell Garcia “without incident.”

Citing the “open case with litigation pending,” Sheriff Danny Dominguez has not released any further details on the incident.

Travis Bubenik is All Things Considered Host and Big Bend Reporter at Marfa Public Radio.