A Las Cruces man allegedly chased and stabbed the boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend and then tried to wash the blood off in a church restroom.
Police said Nicholas Bravo, 22, was arrested after a group of parishioners stopped him from leaving the church.
The stabbing occurred at about 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 800 block of Foster Road, a Las Cruces Police Department news release said. He is facing a count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.
Police said the victim and his girlfriend were walking on Foster Road when Bravo came up behind them. A pursuit ensued and the victim fell to the ground before being stabbed at least three times. He was taken to MountainView Regional Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries, the release said.
Following the incident, Bravo allegedly went into Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and tried to wash away the blood from either his clothes or hands before a group of churchgoers stopped him, the release said.
Police found a knife with blood on it when they arrested Bravo. He was booked into Dona Ana County Detention Center where he is being held without bond, the release said.