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Suspect allegedly lies to police about Las Cruces knife attack
By: Jamel Valencia
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The man who walked into a Las Cruces Walmart store Thursday to report a double-stabbing on South Valley Drive was charged with murder in the death of 55-year-old David Jones.
Samuel E. Miller, 51, was charged with an open count of murder and was arrested Friday afternoon by the U.S. Marshals Service after being released from University Medical Center of El Paso.
Shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, police said they responded to the Walmart store on South Valley Drive where Miller told police he and Jones had been jumped and stabbed behind the K-Bob's restaurant under construction at 1660 S. Valley Drive.
Miller had a small puncture wound on his lower back and was airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso. Behind the K-Bob's restaurant, police found Jones with multiple stab wounds to his upper torso, said police. Jones was declared dead at the scene.
Police said Miller originally told them he and Jones were jumped by four people and that's how he was injured. Miller also told them he escaped the attack and went to Walmart to call for help, said police.
Police said they discovered Miller had three knives, one of which was blood-stained, and all of his belongings. Police also noticed Miller's jacket sleeves were covered in blood.
Miller and Jones, both homeless, were camping behind the construction site and drinking alcohol Thursday evening, said police. An argument between the two, according to investigators, appeared to have led to the deadly stabbing.
After stabbing Jones, Miller collected his belongings and went to the nearby Walmart store with the intention of washing blood off his hands.
Miller will be held at the El Paso County Detention Center pending extradition to New Mexico.