Siblings face felony battery charges after back alley assault

TORRINGTON - Siblings Amy and Adam Palomo are behind bars after allegedly stabbing two Torrington residents the morning of Dec. 6 in the alley behind the Mint Bar on Main Street.

Amy and Adam Palomo, of Scottsbluff, Neb. and Cheyenne respectively, each face a single felony count of aggravated battery after they allegedly attacked Jennifer Loveland and Juan Gutierrez, both of Torrington, with what law enforcement officers described as “throwing knives,” according to court documents filed in the case. If convicted, Amy and Adam Palomo could each face up to 10 years in prison.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Torrington Police Department Patrolman Jeff Ryall, officers were dispatched to the Mint Bar a little after 1 a.m. in response to a report of a stabbing.

When officers arrived, the affidavit said, they found Loveland and Gutierrez with knife wounds.

“Loveland had lacerations to her right leg and upper left arm,” the affidavit said. “Loveland advised that she had been stabbed by Amy Palomo.”

Loveland told officers that she knew Palomo, and that Gutierrez had a relationship with a relative of Palomo’s in the past, the affidavit said.

“We were told by several witnesses that Gutierrez was stabbed by Amy’s brother, whose name they did not know…. Gutierrez was stabbed in the abdomen, just below the sternum,” the affidavit said.

In the affidavit, Loveland told law enforcement officers that Amy had attacked her with two knives in her hands. The affidavit states that in the alley, Goshen County Sheriff’s Deputy Herbert Irons “located a black nylon sheath with a throwing knife in it laying on the ground in the alley, along with a hair tie with some black or brown hair in it laying about two feet away. The sheath had a slot for two more knives in it, which were missing.”

After the victims were transported to the hospital, Loveland told police that “she did not know why Amy had attacked her. Amy had told Loveland, ‘I knew I’d find you someday, b****,” the affidavit said.

The affidavit said Gutierrez “stated he attempted to intervene between Loveland and Amy Palomo and while doing so he was stabbed by the male that was with Amy… Gutierrez said at first he thought he had just got punched in the stomach and then realized he had been stabbed and observed that the male had a knife in one hand and a beer bottle in the other.”

Later that morning, Scottsbluff, Neb. police were able to locate Amy Palomo’s car outside of her last known address. The affidavit states there was a knife in the backseat, and Amy Palomo and Adam Palomo were arrested.

According to a press release issued by the Torrington Police Department, Loveland and Gutierrez were transported to the Community Hospital emergency room and are in stable condition.

Amy and Adam Palomo were being held in the Scottsbluff County Adult Detention Center, and will be transported to the Goshen County Detention Center. As of this writing, an arraignment date has not been set.


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