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Deputies find murder suspect in restaurant

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A suspect wanted in a Sunday stabbing that left one man dead was found and arrested Tuesday at a Roswell restaurant.

Armando Joya (Photo courtesy of the Chaves County Sheriff’s Department)

Mike Herrington, Chaves County Sheriff, said Tuesday that Armando Joya, 31, was apprehended at about 2:30 p.m. at Church’s Chicken on North Main Street. He said a citizen called in a tip to the Sheriff’s Office claiming Joya was at the restaurant.

“So we went there and sure enough there he was,” Herrington said. Joya was then arrested without incident and taken to the Chaves County Detention Center. He was booked on one count each of murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, Charles Yslas, chief deputy with the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, said Tuesday evening.

Joya was wanted for allegedly stabbing two men Sunday at 8615 Vineyard Road, believed to be his roommates and who worked with him at a local dairy. One of the victims — a 62-year-old male — was already deceased when deputies arrived at the crime scene. Herrington still declined to release the name of the deceased man Tuesday, explaining he was not sure that all of the victim’s next of kin had yet been notified.

A second man who sustained stab wounds was later airlifted to a medical center to receive treatment for his wounds. Yslas said a motive for the crime has not yet been determined.

A message with an image of Joya was posted on the official Facebook page of the Sheriff’s Office Monday, announcing that he was wanted in connection with Sunday’s homicide. The post described Joya as armed and dangerous, warning people not to approach him but instead call the Sheriff’s Office if they saw him.

Herrington said Tuesday that he was confident Joya would be caught fairly quick with the assistance of an engaged public.

“I knew he was going to get caught because once we put that out on Facebook, I knew citizens of Chaves County would come forward and do what we hoped they would do, and that is to turn him in, and they did,” he said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.