FARMINGTON — Three people were arrested Friday on suspicion of robbing and beating a 67-year-old woman who was giving one of the suspects a ride home.
Lasheena Jacquez, 27, of Kirtland; Scott Thompson, 27, of Farmington; and Ashlyn Benally, 19, of Farmington, were arrested Friday on suspicion of robbery, according to a press release from the San Juan County Sheriff's office.
According to the release, Jacquez approached a 67-year-old Fruitland woman on Wednesday in the parking lot of Walmart, 4600 E. Main St. in Farmington, and asked for a ride.
Sheriff's office investigators obtained surveillance video of the Walmart parking lot. It showed a female getting out of a white Mitsubishi Montero and getting into the victim's silver Dodge Ram truck.
Thompson and Benally allegedly followed behind the truck in the Montero. When the victim pulled off U.S. Highway 64 near N.M. Highway 371, Thompson pulled in behind her, according to the press release.
Jacquez then allegedly pulled out a pistol and began to beat the victim.
On Thursday, detectives learned that a white Montero had been reported stolen on Sunday. The owner of the car told police she knew the people who took the vehicle, according to the press release.
Detective Connie Johnston said in the press release that the Montero's owner told police she tried to stop the thieves, but one of the women started hitting her in the face. The owner identified Thompson as the man who stole the vehicle.
Law enforcement officials pulled the white Montero over on Friday. The three suspects were in the vehicle at the time, and they were taken to the sheriff's office for interviews, according to the press release.
Johnston said the three suspects attempted to get a ride from an unknown person in the Walmart parking lot prior to getting a ride from the victim. The initial person drove away, and then the three suspects saw the victim and followed her to her truck.
After beating the victim, they allegedly took her credit card, which they used to buy gas, according to the press release.
Johnston said in the press release that Benally admitted to being in the Montero during the beating. She also admitted to hitting the car's owner while stealing the vehicle.
Jacquez told deputies she didn't remember the Walmart incident or beating the victim, Johnston said in the press release.
"She did say that she remembered being picked up by Thompson on the Bluffs and that she remembered the evening they stole the Montero, but little else," Johnston said in the press release.
All three suspects have been charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, unlawful taking of a vehicle and tampering with evidence.
They also face additional charges, including armed robbery, aggravated battery, intimidation of a witness and fraudulent use of a credit card.