ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Chaves County Deputies say two brothers accused of beating and stabbing a man at a New Mexico dairy are illegal immigrants who acted out because one had been fired.
It was around 4:00 a.m. Tuesday when deputies say a 35-year-old man working at the Cheyenne Dairy near Roswell was attacked.
“Struck with like a baseball bat or something like that. He was struck in the head and on the body had some cuts some stab wounds,” said Chaves County Chief Deputy Britt Snyder.
The victim was stabbed in the arms, chest and head.
“It would appear they were trying to kill him,” Snyder said.
The dairy’s manager says Ismael Chairez, 21, and Esequiel Chairez, 18, waited for the victim in a shed and attacked him.
According to investigators the victim was able to get away and call for help. He told detectives he recognized the two because of their voices and he says they did it because he had fired Ismael a few weeks prior.
“He definitely was the person they believed was responsible for getting them fired,” said Snyder.
When deputies searched the suspects house they found knives, a bat and clothing they believe was covered in the victim’s blood.
Ismael and Esequiel were arrested.
News 13 also learned the two are living in the U.S. illegally and neither have been put on an immigration hold.
Deputies say they tried to to get them on a hold, but Immigration and Custom Enforcement wouldn’t let them unless a federal warrant was issued.
KRQE asked ICE officials about their hold policies Wednesday, but they did not get back to us.
Neither brother has much of a criminal history in New Mexico.
Federal officials wouldn’t say how long they’ve been here illegally or where they’re from.
They’re in jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond.
The dairy manager says Ismael Chairez was fired because he wasn’t showing up for work.
Deputies say the victim is still in the hospital.