Suspect in South Valley stabbing told deputies he was defending himself

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A criminal complaint gives insight into what led up to a fatal stabbing inside an Albuquerque grocery store Saturday.

The victim’s wife and the suspect in custody give two different accounts of what took place. 

The complaint says, Lucas Herron told authorities, ‘I did it, it was me,’ claiming he was defending himself as he was being arrested 

 “They were crying,  they were out there supporting each other, I could see the police, too, were supporting them,” said Joseph Taylor. 

“It was scary, we were in shock. We never expected anything to happen like that,” Tania Gonzalez said. 

Those who work near the Albertsons on Isleta and Rio Bravo say they’re stunned. 

“This is really shocking,” Taylor said.

Daniel Sandoval, 48, died after being stabbed in the store. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office arrested 27-year-old Lucas Herron in connection to the crime. 

“We’ve had trouble with robberies and the homeless but this is a first for me,” Taylor said. 

The criminal complaint tells two stories, Sandoval’s wife told deputies her husband pointed at Herron because he looked like her brother. Herron told deputies it looked like Sandoval was talking bad about him so he confronted him inside the store. 

The complaint states their conversation turned physical; Sandoval landed a punch and Herron pulled a knife and stabbed him in the torso. 

A woman shopping in the store posted on Facebook that she heard a man yelling and that his wife was crying as he was laying in a pool of blood. 

Witnesses say Herron went into the McDonald’s across the street. He was later found in a nearby ditch, he told deputies he was defending himself as he was being arrested. 

According to BCSO, Herron threw the bloody knife over a fence in an attempt to hide evidence. 

They also say Herron fled the scene with a 14-year-old. The teenager was released to his parents and is not facing charges. 
 

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