A Santa Fe man was charged with aggravated battery after being accused of stabbing the general manager at a local Walmart on Monday afternoon.

Donaven Vanwijkweijer, 24, was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery and three counts of resisting arrest after he was accused of creating a volatile incident at the Walmart at 3251 Cerrillos Road, according to a criminal complaint filed in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court.

Witnesses told police Vanwijkweijer was seen outside the Murphy’s Express convenience store outside the Walmart at about 2 p.m., threatening people with a pocket knife, the complaint said. Santa Fe police were dispatched to the Walmart about two hours later after callers said Vanwijkweijer stabbed an employee at the store.

When officers arrived, they were told by several witnesses a man, later identified as Vanwijkweijer, had been inside the store “cussing at himself” and “punching meat merchandise,” the complaint said.

According to the complaint, as several employees, including the general manager, attempted to escort the man out of the store, he lunged at the general manager and stabbed him with a knife that had been in his pocket. Vanwijkweijer then discarded the weapon before running out of the store.

Police located the suspect fleeing on foot toward a Walgreens parking lot across Cerrillos Road, the complaint said. After dispatching a K9 unit, police arrested Vanwijkweijer.

The manager sustained two puncture wounds to his chest and was taken to Presbyterian Hospital, according to the complaint. He was able to identify Vanwijkweijer as the man who stabbed him from a photo lineup shown to him by police.

Vanwijkweijer was booked into the Santa Fe County jail, where on Tuesday he was being held without bond.

(14) comments

Lynn k Allen

Mental health & drug addiction not addressed until violence occurs & becomes a police proble. Mr Mayor, is there no plan to intervene in mental health & drug problems??? Mr Mayor, what are you doing to MANAGE Santa Fe?

Nancy Murata

How exactly would you handle mental illness and drug abuse, rampant throughout our country, if you were mayor?

Steph hubley

Oh man. I saw this man approach the Murphy’s Express just after 4 pm on Monday. I had just gotten out of my car and was about to get gas, but he was raging and seemed to be under major drug influence as he approached. Gut instinct told me to get away, so I got in my car quickly and drove off as he went and pounded on the Murphy’s Express glass with his fists. This must have been just after he stabbed the manager, as he headed to Walgreen’s. I’m sad to say that I was phased enough to leave but not enough to call the police because I’ve gotten used to seeing people who seem to be aggressive and on drugs along the Cerrillos corridor. Anecdote: the very same night, a different man stole our blow up/ light up Santa decoration out of our front yard. It’s pretty disheartening as a longtime resident of the city. I hope the manager is okay, and I ask myself what is the root cause of the rampant meth use in our city (and country)? Why are so many people turning to it, destroying themselves and their families and communities in the process?

Miguel Perez

It’s business as usual in the City Different under the Webber regime.

larry hulsey

2 hours for police to show is un acceptable for a city our size.

Richard Reinders

Make you wonder if Webber really wants to hire more police or follow the rest of the progressive Mayors in defunding by not hiring.

Richard Irell

Two incidents two hours apart. We’re the police called for the first one?

David Brown

The coppers we’re having tea with the mayor….

Joe Hick

I totally agree! Let us see how the DA handles this in light of recent events around the country.

Richard Reinders

Keep him in jail before he kills some one, he has shown disregard to life by stabbing some one. The paper needs to be complete and research his history.

Barb Murphy


Diego Mondragon

Agreed. This thing looks like he came straight outta the movie The Dawn of the Dead. Keep his worthless a** locked up for the remainder of his pathetic life.

Richard Irell

We should not be using our jails as mental institutions.

Gerald Joyce

Ask the ACLU how to solve the mental health problem. It was their lawsuit that closed the all the hospitals in the '70s and threw the mentally ill on the streets. Ever wonder how the homeless can afford to buy drugs but not food or shelter?

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