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La Plata County woman arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

Patricia Loaiza is accused of stabbing her husband in neck, back
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A La Plata County woman has been arrested on suspicion of stalking, domestic violence and attempted murder in connection with a pattern of harassment that culminated with stabbing her husband in the back with a knife, according to court records.

Patricia Loaiza, 58, was being held Wednesday at the La Plata County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bail. She is formally charged with attempted murder, assault, burglary, aggravated intimidation of a witness or victim, violation of a protection order, stalking and domestic violence.

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment Wednesday about the cases involving Loaiza, saying they remain under investigation.

Loaiza’s troubles began in mid-September when she allegedly violated a civil protection order preventing her from contacting her husband, Samuel Navarro.

According to an arrest affidavit, Loaiza sent Navarro 28 threatening text messages from Sept. 13 through Sept. 19, despite the no-contact order. The text messages were riddled with profanities and threatening language, according to an affidavit.

“I hope you enjoy crucifixion … mother of God style. Blood and guts little patty cakes,” read part of one text message that was 120 words long.

The affidavit said there are “numerous other lengthy texts which contain bizarre references to religion, race and sexual predilections.”

Navarro moved out of his house and into a hotel because he felt threatened by the messages, he told law enforcement. Loaiza also made phone calls to Navarro, including two phone calls that went unanswered while Navarro was speaking with law enforcement at his hotel room.

The Sheriff’s Office arrested Loaiza on suspicion of stalking, domestic violence and violation of a protection order.

About 10 days later, while free on bail, Loaiza allegedly stabbed Navarro in the back and neck, according to a second affidavit.

At about 1:18 a.m. Sept. 30, deputies were called to the 34000 block of U.S. Highway 550 north of Hermosa. A caller said a man was outside a residence screaming and saying he had been stabbed in the back by his wife.

Navarro told law enforcement he received multiple phone calls that night from an unknown number. When he finally answered his phone, it was Loaiza, who was making threats and saying she had nowhere to go.

Navarro said he hung up.

About an hour later, Navarro said he went outside to check on his cat near the entrance of his residence. He reported feeling a “tap” on his back. When he reached toward his back, he felt a wetness and turned around to see Loaiza standing on the porch, “looking at him and smiling,” according to the affidavit.

Navarro said he could not see the knife, but he could see Loaiza’s right fist clenched.

Loaiza ran past Navarro and into the house, according to the affidavit.

Navarro said he ran to a neighbor’s house. He and the neighbor told law enforcement they could hear Loaiza screaming Navarro’s name.

Navarro was stabbed three times: once at the nape of the neck, once to the right of the nape of the neck, and once near the spine at the top of his back, according to the affidavit. At least one of the cuts was 2 to 3 inches in length and exposed a muscle under the skin, according to the affidavit.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Deputies stood back and watched the house that Loaiza had allegedly entered. They were able to see shadows of Loaiza walking back and forth and could hear her screaming, according to the affidavit. They found blood on the porch, presumably from Navarro being stabbed.

Deputies eventually gained entry to the house and arrested Loaiza on suspicion of domestic violence, violation of a restraining order and second-degree attempted murder.

It was at least the third time in September that law enforcement has responded to the Whispering Pines area for calls related to Loaiza and Navarro.

On Sept. 25, the sheriff’s office responded to a report of a man yelling and firing two gunshots into the air. In that case, Navarro is suspected of firing the gunshots and causing a neighborhood disturbance. He also allegedly demanded a woman’s phone while holding a gun.

He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery, prohibited use of a weapon, violation of a protection order and resisting arrest.

In an interview with The Durango Herald, Navarro said he had a psychotic break and that he had good reason to be upset.


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