Release Date:  03/04/2013
Incident Type: Clovis Man Arrested In Sunday Stabbing Incident In 1800 Block of Debra Street In Clovis
Contact Person:  Captain Patrick Whitney, (575) 763-9436


Clovis – March 03, 2013 – A Clovis man identified as 65 year-old Phillip Montoya was arrested Sunday for Felony Aggravated Battery With a Deadly Weapon, Felony Child Abuse and Resisting and Evading Arrest. Clovis Police Officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the 1800 Block of Debra Street at 1:59 pm, Sunday, March 03, 2013. Upon the Officers arrival they found 43 year-old victim Gabriel Lopez laying in the back yard bleeding from the chest and unconscious from apparent stab wounds. Clovis Fire Department Ambulance arrived and transported Lopez to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Lopez was then transported to a Lubbock hospital for further treatment by air ambulance.

Two witnesses at the scene that live at the residence identified Phillip Montoya as the person that had battered and stabbed Lopez. According to the witnesses, Montoya and Lopez were constructing a brick pillar in the back yard and began to argue. An argument had already been broken up once by a family member when a 4 year-old came in the house to tell that the two men were fighting again. A few minutes later another argument started between Lopez and Montoya escalated when Montoya pulled a box cutter and cut Lopez in the chest area and the two fought on the ground. The four-year old was witness to this and near the men as the fight took place. A family member pulled Montoya off of Lopez and took the box cutter from Montoya and tossed it over a fence. When Clovis Police Officers arrived at the scene Montoya took off running from Officers and was quickly apprehended and placed under arrest. Mr. Montoya is being held on bond at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on the above listed charges.

At last update, Mr. Lopez had regained consciousness, was in stable condition and due to be released from the hospital in Lubbock, Texas today.

Anyone having any information about this case is asked to contact the police department at 575-769-1921, Citizens may use TipSoft to provide this information and remain anonymous. Text users can send their tip to: "CRIMES" (274637) with the keyword TIPCPD.  In other words, citizens can text “TIPCPD plus their crime tip" to 274637 (CRIMES).  Citizens can submit anonymous tips using their PC or mobile phone by going to, or Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000. Photos of the suspects are attached.

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