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Suspect arrested in Clovis


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The Clovis Police Department has arrested a man wanted for a burglary and non-fatal stabbing committed in Artesia in December.


According to court records, Gonzalo Rodriguez, 25, of Clovis was arrested early Thursday night and is due to make his first appearance in Eddy County Magistrate Court on Monday.

He is charged with aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor larceny charge.

The Artesia Police Department obtained an arrest warrant May 8 after police said that blood on a tennis shoe left at the crime scene matched a DNA sample taken from Rodriguez.

According to police statements, Rodriguez is believed to have entered a couple’s home Dec. 24. He was identified as the brother of a pet sitter given access to the home while the couple was out of town for a few days.

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The criminal complaint states that the couple discovered the man in their master bedroom and began to wrestle with him. As they struggled, he allegedly stabbed the woman in her forearm and the man in his hand with what is believed to have been a hunting knife from the home. The woman grabbed a couple of items for the suspect during the tussle, including the tennis shoe, according to the police statement.

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