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Cortez man allegedly wounds wife with knife; arrest warrant issued

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for Delfino Rodriguez, who was involved in a domestic violence incident with his wife.
Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office report says Delfino Rodriguez used a knife and BB gun in dispute

A 61-year-old man was issued domestic violence charges after allegedly threatening his wife and cutting her wrist with a knife Aug. 29, according to the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office.

An arrest warrant for Delfino Rodriguez has been issued, but he has not been apprehended, Sheriff Steve Nowlin said Thursday.

He’s wanted on suspicion of six charges: domestic violence, second-degree assault, menacing, theft, first-degree criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.

Rodriguez left the scene before law enforcement arrived Aug. 29 after his wife called “in fear for her life,” a deputy’s repport said.

She last saw him walking north on County Road 25. She told deputies that he is handicapped, and cannot walk very quickly.

Deputies could not find Rodriguez in the immediate area.

He has no current phone number or address, she told deputies.

Deputies found Rodriguez’s wife of about 25 years crying outside when they arrived in response to her call.

The incident occurred about 9:55 p.m. at the couple’s residence on Road 25, where they were granted permission to live in a camper trailer behind a property there.

The couple got into a fight, in which Rodriguez reportedly threatened to kill his wife, she told deputies.

There is a history of domestic violence in the relationship, she said.

She went outside to her pickup truck to put some space between them, and he followed her, yelling.

With a knife in both his left and right grip, he put his hands on the driver-side window frame before slicing his wife’s left wrist.

The cut was paper-thin and about 1½ inches long, the deputy’s report said.

He circled the truck, yelling at her after she rolled up the windows.

Using a Red Ryder BB gun, he struck the passenger side window before walking around the vehicle and shattering the driver’s window inward, the incident report said.

He also stole his wife’s purse.

Deputies did not observe Rodriguez actively attacking his wife or her truck on videos she took on her phone. They had no sound.

She declined going to a safe house, but worried Rodriguez would return to the property.