Las Cruces police say motel worker was stabbed by a guest during an argument

Cassandra Lujan mugshot

Police said a motel worker in Las Cruces is recovering after being stabbed by a guest.

Investigators said it happened at the Kilby Motel on Main Street in Las Cruces.

Police staying at the motel said Cassandra Lujan got into a physical fight with the janitor after finding out she was being evicted.

They said Lujan was living at the motel for a few weeks and was known to cause trouble.

Randy Smith, the director at the Gospel Rescue Mission, said he’s had to kick Lujan out several times for her alleged drug use and violent behavior.

"She's always confrontational, always has an attitude and it's difficult to try and help people like that.” Smith said. "I had to put her out several times for trying to use drugs here on the property.”

According to the police report Lujan had cut wires at the motel causing some people to lose power.

The report states after being confronted by the motel worker, Lujan slashed him in the stomach and threatened to kill him.

People living at the motel say Lujan is banned from other living centers such as the Gospel Rescue Mission for her violent behavior.

"I'm responsible for the safety and well-being of everybody staying here and I can't compromise that safety for the sake of one individual,” Smith said.

The motel worker was sent to the hospital but is recovering from his injuries.

Lujan is being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Jail.

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