Man stabbed at cheese plant

Freedom Newspapers

A Clovis man was stabbed Saturday at Southwest Cheese Plant by a 40-year-old man who delivered milk there, Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray said.

Jeffrey Boatwright of Clovis was arrested at the scene, Murray said, and was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
He is being held on a $10,000 bond, jail officials said.

Deputies responded to the scene around 5 p.m. when a call reporting the stabbing was made to 911.

Murray said an altercation occurred at the plant, resulting in Fermine Arguijo, 20, being stabbed once in the abdomen. Arguijo was treated at the hospital and released.

The incident is under investigation, Murray said.

According to an arrest affidavit filed Monday in magistrate court, the victim told police it was the third or fourth altercation he had with Boatwright in the last nine months, and Boatwright had threatened him with a folding knife before. He said the argument occurred in an unloading station at the plant.

Arguijo said he grabbed and threw Boatwright’s cell phone when he pulled out the knife. That is when he was stabbed, records show.
Southwest Cheese Spokesman Maurice Keane said the plant’s management had no comment on the incident.