EPPD: Late night stabbing leaves one man dead, suspect in custody


    El Paso police are investigating a stabbing death in the 1000 block of Nevada Way in central Wed. Feb 20, 2019.

    El Paso police identified the man killed in a stabbing early Wednesday morning.

    It happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of Nevada Avenue, south of El Paso High School.

    "We're all very close neighbors. We've been around the neighborhood for very many years," Sylvia Duran-Melendez, a neighbor, said.

    The El Paso Police Dept.'s Crimes Against Persons unit said Carlos Alberto Elia, 21, got into an altercation with someone before he was stabbed.

    Police said Elia died at the hospital.

    Investigators are looking into the incident as a murder. They said people inside the home were using drugs when an argument occurred and Elias was stabbed.

    A suspect turned himself in late Wednesday night and was booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility, according to a news release.

    28-year-old Nikko Edwardo Mata was charged with murder and booked under a $2,000,000 bond.


    The release said 28-year-old Nikko Edwardo Mata was charged with murder and booked under a $2,000,000 bond.

    Some neighbors tell KFOX14 that they didn't know the people who live at the Nevada all too well.

    "I didn't know about them, you know, how they behaved," Pedro Veloz, a neighbor, said. "They have been about six or four months since they rented the house. That's it. I never talked to them."

    El Paso police began clearing the scene around noon after being on-scene for about 15 hours.

    “The only contact we have with them is that their dogs sometimes attacked our dogs. They keep to themselves. We keep to ourselves. They never really have had anything where we had to go and talk to them about much.” said Samantha Melendez.

    Duran-Hernandez said this will make her and her family more cautious.

    "I kind of would like my kids to be, you know, a little bit more careful when they are going to school and coming home.," Duran-Hernandez said. "That you know just to keep an eye out; just be on the look out."


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