Las Cruces homeless woman accused of stabbing security guard

LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) - A 26-year-old Las Cruces woman suspected of stabbing a private security guard Wednesday night is behind bars today, charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

Maritza L. Rodriguez, who is reportedly homeless, approached a private security guard in the parking lot of the old Pro's Ranch Market on El Paseo Rd. around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night and reportedly asked him if she could sit inside his car to escape the heat.

The guard allowed Rodriguez inside and gave her a couple of dollars when she asked. However, after he refused to give her more money, she allegedly became irate and pulled out a knife and tried to stab him as he sat in the driver's seat.

The guard blocked her during her first attempt to stab him and allegedly tried to get out of the car when she reportedly stabbed him in the back.

A passing Codes Enforcement officer stopped to help the guard followed quickly by a LCPD officer who took Rodriguez into custody.

The guard was taken to Mountainview Regional Medical Center with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Rodriguez was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and several outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court. She is being held without bond at the Doña Ana County Detention Center without bond.

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