JEMEZ INDIAN RESERVATION, N.M. (KRQE) - Police are investigating an extremely disturbing murder in the Jemez Indian Reservation.
Warning: The following story contains graphic information that is not suitable for all ages.
According to police reports, Lucas Michael Ray Steven Toledo, 21, killed Matthew Panana, 21, in a ruthless way. Police said that while at Toledo's mother's home, Toledo and his mother got into an argument, which Panana was witness to. Panana left the scene, allegedly because they wanted to "avoid becoming involved" in the argument. Toledo's mother left a short time afterwards.
Once Toledo's mother left the home, Toledo went to his bedroom to fall asleep. However, Toledo claimed that Panana knocked on his bedroom window several times and then ran away. When Toledo had enough, he allegedly grabbed a box-cutter and a kitchen knife to confront Panana.
Panana and Toledo squared off in the lawn outside of his mother's home. Toledo stabbed Panana several times in the back, causing Panana to fall down. When Panana fell to the ground, Toledo kicked and stabbed him in the face several times, according to reports. Toledo told police that, at this time, Panana was still conscious.
According to police, at this time, Toledo reentered the home and got another knife. He also picked up a nearby shovel. Toledo allegedly used the shovel to hit Panana repeatedly and used the knives to slit Panana's throat and stab him several other times.
After this happened, Toledo said he proceeded to disembowel Panana with his bare hands. Toledo allegedly went back inside the home and applied black-and-white paint to his face and put on long, metal-spiked bracelets.
While applying the paint, Toledo's mother returned to her home and saw Toledo exit the house with the paint and bracelets and with reddish stains on his clothing and arms. According to reports, "[she] was intimidated, so they returned to the vehicle. While backing away from the house, [the car passenger] saw [Toledo] pick up the shovel and hit [Panana] in the head several times." They rushed to the sheriff's house to report the incident.
After Toledo's mom left, Toledo said he went back inside the home, drank a soda and made a phone call as he waited for police to arrive.
The FBI is handling the case since it is a violent crime on an Indian reservation. Jemez Pueblo police officers and FBI special agents arrested Toledo on Thursday. He is expected to appear in federal court Thursday morning.
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