Man stabbed while trying to stop shoplifter

Joaquin Holmes
Joaquin Holmes was arrested on multiple charges after police identified in surveillance video.

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A Wal-Mart employee was stabbed and another injured after they attempted to stop a man from stealing merchandise from the store.

APD said Omar Leyba was stabbed multiple times when he tried to stop a man who was trying to leave the store with a cooler full of DVDs. When Leyba approached the man, he was attacked. That is when two other employees, Donne DeLong and Sayed Sahibzada, ran to help.

As the attack continued, Sahibzada suffered a broken nose. The men were finally able to stop the attack and the suspect fled in a gray SUV.

Detectives identified the owner of the SUV as 28-year-old April Mondragon who they say is associated with Joaquin Holmes, 31. APD says Holmes has been tied to previous incidents and was also identified in surveillance video.

Holmes was arrested Wednesday and booked into MDC for two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault, felony larceny and conspiracy.

Mondragon was also arrested on three outstanding warrants, conspiracy and felony larceny. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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