A Chaves County man was beaten and stabbed on Tuesday by masked attackers after he was tasked with firing one of the suspected attackers from his job at a local dairy.
Chaves County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Cheyenne II Dairy, located at 185 E. Calusa Road near Dexter at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, where they found a 35-year-old employee of the dairy had been beaten and stabbed.
“We believe this attack was in retribution for one of the brothers being fired,” said Lt. Mike Herrington of the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office. Two masked men attacked the victim and beat him with a baseball bat and stabbed him several times.
“The only way the victim recognized his attackers was by their voices,” Herrington said. “He didn’t know what they were saying, but he recognized the tone of their voices. He was fighting for his life.”
The victim was taken to the hospital where he was listed in stable condition. “He had stab wounds in the head, upper arm and back area, and he had lumps all over from the baseball bat,” Herrington said.
Deputies served a warrant at 1509 Lipan Road, where they recovered the knife, the baseball bat and the clothing worn by the attackers, Herrington said.
Arrested were two brothers, Ismael and Esequiel Chairez, in connection with the attack.
Herrington would not identify which brother worked for the dairy. The victim was also just an employee of the dairy, and not the owner.
“He was just the unfortunate one tasked with delivering the message,” Herrington said.
Ismael Chairez, 21, was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, conspiracy and tampering with evidence.
Esequiel Chairez, 18, was arrested on charges of accessory to aggravated battery, conspiracy and tampering with evidence.
Both brothers are being held in the Chaves County Detention Center.
During interviews with the Chairez brothers, they admitted attacking the victim, Herrington said.
Herrington said the Chairez brothers are illegal immigrants, but noted that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will no longer put holds on illegal immigrants unless they have an outstanding federal warrant.