Woman Stabbed in Face and Head; Perpetrator Indicted in Court for Horrific Attack in New Mexico

A woman from Fruitland has been indicted by a federal grand jury for her alleged participation in an assault that occurred in 2023.

A 24-year-old woman named Richelle R. Upshaw was taken into custody on May 24 and placed in the San Juan County Detention Center. Detention center records indicate that she has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

According to the federal indictment, Upshaw allegedly caused “serious bodily injury” to a woman by stabbing her in the head and face during an attack on February 21, 2023.

If found guilty, Upshaw could potentially be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has mentioned that she will be held in custody until the trial takes place.

In a January 2021 incident at Motel 6 in Farmington, Upshaw was charged with engaging in a physical altercation with Jessica Benally in the pool area of the hotel. Additionally, she allegedly caused damage to a motel room window using a baseball bat, as stated in the probable cause statement from the Farmington Police Department.

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According to reports, Upshaw reportedly hurled the bat at Benally after being requested to vacate the motel room. According to reports, Benally was struck by the bat in both of her arms. According to the statement of probable cause, Upshaw allegedly pulled Benally’s hair from her head as reported by TricityrecordNews.

Upshaw faces multiple charges including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage to property. According to court records, she entered a plea agreement in that case where she admitted to resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer.

She was then placed on 363 days of probation, but unfortunately, she repeatedly violated the terms.

Upshaw is now facing another criminal damage to property charge related to an incident that occurred on April 18, 2021, at Motel 6. According to the affidavit for arrest warrant, Upshaw allegedly threw two rocks through the windshield of a 2018 Chevrolet Cruze and also threw rocks at the car. This act of vandalism was reportedly motivated by Upshaw’s anger towards the owner of the vehicle.

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