Farmington man arrested in stabbing

Early Sunday incident sent victim to Mercy

A 26-year-old Farmington man has been arrested on suspicion of felony assault in connection with a stabbing early Sunday morning near East Second Avenue and College Drive in Durango.

Ronald Cummings was being held Monday in the La Plata County jail on $25,000 bail.

Officers with the Durango Police Department drove up on a fight in progress about 2 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Second Avenue Sports, 600 East Second Ave.

Officers discovered that Michael Ruiz, 22, of Cortez, had been stabbed in the abdomen. Ruiz and several witnesses identified Cummings as the person who did the stabbing, according to a news release issued Monday by the Durango Police Department.

Witnesses also said Cummings had a knife and a bat at the time of the assault.

Police contacted Cummings and found him to be in possession of a 3-inch folding pocket knife with blood on it, the release says.

Witnesses told police they were leaving the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 East Second Ave., when they were confronted by Cummings from across the street. They walked across the street and a fight broke out.

Witnesses said no one in the group had prior contact with Cummings before the fight.

Ruiz was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.

shane@durangoherald.com