A San Juan County woman was stabbed 24 times by a man and left to die Thursday evening, but is in stable condition at an area hospital.

The 37-year-old woman was found in the road on CR 3000 around 7:45 p.m. Thursday. A passerby called police.

San Juan County sheriff’s deputies found the woman, who said she had been stabbed by a man wearing a grey shirt.

Meanwhile, Farmington police subsequently found the woman’s car abandoned in the intersection of Browning Parkway and Bloomfield Highway, blocking traffic.

Sheriff’s office detectives got a lead on a suspect identified as AJ Diaz.

Friday, they found Diaz at his mother’s house. Upon interviewing him, he confessed to stabbing and robbing the woman, saying he wanted her to die, so he took her phone and vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.

The knife was recovered upon a warranted search of Diaz’s mother’s house.

He is charged with first-degree attempted murder, tampering with evidence and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

He is being held at the San Juan Co. Detention Center on a $500,000 cash bond.

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