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Victoria A. Arriola
A five-week investigation culminated Thursday in the arrest of a North Platte woman, charged in the stabling of another young woman in late December. The stabbing is believed to resulted from a meth deal that went bad, Police Spokesman John Deal said.Victoria Arriola, 28, is in jail held on a $250,000 bond.
Police went to the emergency room of Great Plains Health at 1:29 a.m. Dec. 23 to check out a report of an injured young woman. Officers found the 20-year-old had a large cut on her scalp/forehead that was several inches long and required multiple staples to close, Deal said.
The woman said the stabbing happened in a room at the Knight's Inn Motel, 501 Halligan Dr. When police checked, they found blood in the motel room.
Deal said a lengthy investigation, including interviews with several people, revealed that Victoria Arriola, 28, and a man owed the 20-year-old money and the woman wanted it back. She asked the man and Arriola to come to the motel room where they had a confrontation. Arriola allegedly took a large, fixed-blade knife from her belt and slashed the woman in the head, then left.
Deal said it became apparent from the people questioned that the incident revolved around the distribution of methamphetamine.
Officers searched for Arriola for several weeks and warrants were issued for her arrest for first-degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony.