A man who allegedly assaulted another man while high on methamphetamine in March pleaded not guilty Monday to two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Saiejonn Huntsman, 34, of Roswell entered the not guilty plea at his arraignment hearing in Fifth Judicial District Court. The charges are for attacking a man with a machete and later a gun on the afternoon of March 4 at a 1200 block of North Washington Avenue residence.
Police were called to the scene the day of the incident at 4:03 p.m. in reference to an unknown problem, according to an affidavit.
The victim, who was the owner of the house where the incident occurred, later told investigators that days before Huntsman — a friend who he had known from jail — walked to the house. Huntsman had just gotten out of jail, and the homeowner said he let Huntsman stay at the house for the weekend until he could find another place to stay, according to the affidavit.
Huntsman, the homeowner and three other people that afternoon were at the residence using methamphetamine when, according to the affidavit, Huntsman “completely changed.”
After he pulled out a Bible, and started reading from it, he told the people at the house they were “all going to Hell” and that they were “living terrible lives.”
The homeowner told Huntsman to calm down. Huntsman then punched the man, knocking him to the ground. Huntsman then got on top of the man and began punching him repeatedly, according to the affidavit.
As he was being punched, the homeowner reached for a nearby machete, which Huntsman ripped from the man’s hands. The man later told investigators that Huntsman then told him to “beg for his life.”
Huntsman later slashed a woman and another man at the house with the machete, the affidavit states.
The homeowner then left the house and tried to seek help. Huntsman then walked out, approached the passenger seat of the silver minivan, pulled out a gun, pointed it at the man and threatened to shoot him.
The homeowner then fled back into the house and Huntsman and the woman left the scene.
Huntsman was spotted in the silver minivan on March 7 east of Roswell, about a half mile south of U.S. 380.
Officers with the RPD, deputies with the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies responded to the call.
Huntsman — who at the time was naked — fled law enforcement, who proceeded to search an area outside of Roswell and near the Pecos River for about an hour before Huntsman was found and arrested.
The woman, believed to have been attacked by Huntsman, was also found. She had what was described as a serious laceration on her hand, but no other serious injuries.
Huntsman remains held without bond at the Chaves County Detention Center, according to a May 13 Jail Population Summary Report.
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