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Two men accused of battering man near Farmington gas station

Story highlights

  • Jeremiah Jake and Larry Benally are accused of aggravated battery and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.
  • The victim received five stitches on his head and had several bumps and abrasions on his head.
  • The suspects' first appearance in Farmington Magistrate Court is set for Thursday morning.
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Victim allegedly was kicked and struck in head with rock

FARMINGTON — Two San Juan County men are accused of battering a man near a Farmington gas station earlier this month.

Jeremiah Jake, 22, and Larry Benally, 28, are accused of a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery and a misdemeanor charge of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, according to court records.

The suspects allegedly kicked the victim multiple times while Jake allegedly struck the victim with a rock several times, according to the probable cause statement.

Neither of the men had legal representation today.

Farmington Police Department officers were dispatched around 1:29 a.m. on Oct. 4 to the 600 block of East 30th Street on a report of a fight in progress.

A male victim was found at the 7/2/11 gas station bleeding from the head. He was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center. He received five stitches on his head and had several bumps and abrasions on his head, according to court documents.

The victim told police he was walking to the gas station when two men later identified as Jake and Benally started yelling at him from the Brentwood Apartments across North Butler Avenue. He said he yelled back at them, then the men started to walk toward him.

When the men approached the victim, Jake allegedly threw a rock at him. The rock struck the victim in the head and knocked him to the ground, according to court documents.  

The two suspects allegedly kicked the victim while he was on the ground, and Jake alleged struck him on the head with a rock.

Jake and Benally started to leave the scene, but then allegedly started kicking and striking the victim a second time, according to court documents.

Multiple people were around the victim when officers arrived on scene. One of them advised the officers the suspects were entering an apartment across the street. An officer ordered the men to stop, but they allegedly entered an apartment and closed the door.

The officers went across the street to the apartment complex and spoke to witnesses.

Benally allegedly approached an officer as they started to search the apartment complex and was taken into custody. Jake later was found hiding underneath a vehicle in the apartment complex parking lot.

The probable cause statement stated Benally and Jake both appeared to be intoxicated and stumbled over or mumbled their words while speaking to officers.

Benally and Jake were being held today on a no-bond hold at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Their first appearance in Farmington Magistrate Court is set for Thursday morning.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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