Argument Over Monopoly Game Leads To Stabbing


SANTA FE, New Mexico ~ (Santa Fe New Mexican) ~ An argument over a game of Monopoly led to knife assault by a woman who went to Jail, Went Directly To Jail. She did not pass Go or collect $200.

Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office reports that 60-year-old Laura Chavez was arrested after repeatedly stabbing her boyfriend in the early hours of Wednesday, October 26th. Deputies responded to a 911 call around 1:21am in the Casa Villita Apartments off Airport Road in Santa Fe. Deputy Kurt Whyte arrived at the apartment where he found the unidentified 48-year-old male victim, “bleeding heavily from his head and right wrist area,” according to Whyte.

According to a statement of probable cause filed for Chavez’s arrest, written by Detective Andrew Quintana, Chavez and her boyfriend were playing a late-night round of the board game Monopoly with her 10-year-old grandson. The young boy would later tell police the couple began fighting because Grandma thought Boyfriend was cheating at the classic Parker Brothers game. The court document states, “[Boyfriend] informed Deputy Whyte while at his girlfriend’s apartment they were playing a board game of Monopoly. [Boyfriend] stated Laura then hit him over the head with a glass bottle while sitting at the table. [Boyfriend] stated Laura then grabbed a knife and began cutting him causing injuries to the top of his head, neck, left eyebrow and right wrist area.”

Deputies reported that both adults appeared to be intoxicated; Chavez told police that her boyfriend had pushed her and then she asked him to leave her apartment “and informed Deputy Whyte she may have stabbed” the man, although she had no idea why she had his blood on herself. In a later conversation with a different officer, Chavez reportedly said the blood was in fact that of her boyfriend. The police report also states that deputies “observed large amounts of suspected blood patterns on the floor and walls of the living room and kitchen area” of the apartment. Chavez’s 10-year-old grandson, who had been spending the night with his grandmother, told police he had gone to bed before the stabbing and had not witnessed any physical violence between the two. The child did tell police that the two “were both drinking beer from the same can” during the long-running game, and over time began to argue because she thought her boyfriend was cheating. The kid went to bed around 11:00pm and woke up when police arrived on the scene.

Santa Fe Sheriff Lieutenant Adam Mendoza said Boyfriend remains hospitalized but in stable condition and Chavez, who allegedly admitted stabbing the man with a kitchen knife, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a household member with a deadly weapon, battery upon a peace officer, assault on a peace officer and resisting or evading a police officer.She remains in jail on a $5,000 bond, but it was unclear when she will be arraigned. The report did not say if she had a Get Out Of Jail- Free card.

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