Stab victim being held on forged ID charge

By Jim Osborn/josborn@columbustelegram.com
COLUMBUS - A 23-year-old Columbus man who was stabbed three times early Sunday is behind bars this morning while the suspect in the case has been released from the Platte County Detention Facility pending a court hearing later this month.

Raul Villanueva-Sosa was arrested this week for possession of a forged document in connection with Columbus Police Department officers' investigation of the stabbing incident.

Villanueva-Sosa used a driver's license from another state to identify himself as Juan Salomon to officers during the investigation. Officers later learned his real identity during the course of the investigation.

Since Villanueva-Sosa's arrest, the U.S. Homeland Security Department's Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division has placed a detention hold on the stabbing victim.

The federal agency will take custody of Villanueva-Sosa when his involvement with the local stabbing case is completed.

The federal agency typically places a detainer on an individual because he or she is in the country illegally or has been charged with a crime that could result in deportation, a spokesman for the agency's Bloomington, Minn., office said this morning.

Meanwhile, the suspect in Sunday's stabbing, Silviano Juarez, 26, was freed Tuesday after posting a $2,500 bond at the county jail. The Columbus man's bond had been set at 10 percent of $25,000.

Platte County Judge Patrick McDermott has scheduled Juarez, who is charged with second-degree assault, for a felony first hearing at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24. Second-degree assault is a Class IIIA felony, punishable by a maximum of five years imprisonment, $10,000 fine or both and no minimum sentence.

Villanueva-Sosa was stabbed three times in the back with a screwdriver during the 3 a.m. Sunday fight. Juarez was not a resident of the mobile home park.

Villanueva-Sosa was treated for the wounds, which were as much as 2 inches deep, and released from the Columbus Community Hospital emergency room on Sunday morning.

When police officers arrived on the scene at the mobile home park, they observed three men involved in a dispute, with Juarez striking the victim in “more of an overhand stabbing motion, not a straight-on fist punch,