A former shoe salesman in Santa Fe was arrested Monday for allegedly stalking his ex-girlfriend and attempting to slice off her right big toe, in what marks his third alleged attack on the woman's lower digits since last November.

The accused is 27-year-old Daniel Anaya, who according to The Santa Fe New Mexican was ordered by a court to stay away from his ex-girlfriend after being arrested in February for allegedly breaking into her home and biting off chunk of her toe.

According to an arrest warrant the paper examined, that February attack was the second such incident since since last November, when Anaya allegedly ripped the nail off his ex-girlfriend's right big toe in an assault that led to their breakup.

The arrest warrant issued Monday reportedly claims Anaya again invaded his ex-girlfriend's home, this time while she had the door unlocked after returning from work. After a struggle Anaya allegedly pinned his victim to the ground by straddling her torso facing her feet, before finally bending over and biting a piece off of her right big toe. Then he wrapped a cigar cutter around it, the warrant reportedly says.

The woman allegedly responded by stabbing him repeatedly in the back and neck with a metal fork, causing Anaya to stand and declare that his victim was responsible for ruining his life. Sensing an opportunity to flee, the woman reportedly ran out of the house at that point and called police. Anaya was arrested later Monday night in Santa Fe when he sought medical treatment for his injuries.

Spokespeople for the Albuquerque and Santa Fe police departments were not available for comment at time of this story's publication. A request for a copy of Anaya's latest arrest warrant was not immediately met. Court records show that Anaya's charges stemming from the February attack -- burglary, false imprisonment, aggravated battery inflicting great bodily harm and interference with communications -- were all dropped on March 19 when a prosecutor or witness failed to show up for a disposition hearing.


Photo: Courtesy, Santa Fe County Jail.