Stephen Freeman
Stephen Freeman (Courtesy of San Juan County Sheriffs Office)

FARMINGTON — The San Juan County Sheriff's Office earlier this month arrested a man who, deputies said, threatened to kill a woman he previously assaulted by trying to run her vehicle off the road in Flora Vista.

Stephen Freeman, 52, was arrested Feb. 14 on suspicion of aggravated stalking, failure to register as a sex offender and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

It was the second time in three months he was arrested for suspicion of committing a felony against the same woman.

On Nov. 20, Freeman was arrested after he allegedly chased and rammed his truck into Patricia Moore's vehicle when she was driving with two 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old on County Road 3664 in Flora Vista, according to the sheriff's office. Moore is Freeman's ex-girlfriend, and she told police she kicked him out of her home earlier that day because she suspected he was on drugs.

Moore tried to leave the residence and Freeman allegedly tried to block her in her driveway. She drove around him and as she was driving, Freeman twice rear-ended her and also pulled alongside her and tried to sideswipe her off the road, according to court documents.

Freeman denied that he struck Moore's car and told investigators he was trying to get her to pull over.

Deputy David Aeschlimann said in a news release that the vehicles had paint transfer on them, which indicated Freeman had crashed his vehicle into Moore's.

Freeman was charged with aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault against a family member with a deadly weapon, child abuse and reckless driving.

The sheriff's office said Freeman posted bond and was released from jail a week after his November arrest.

A month after his release, Freeman contacted Moore and told her if she didn't drop charges he would kill her, sheriff's office Detective Lt. Cory Tanner said in a prepared statement.

A warrant for Freeman's arrest was signed Feb. 11, and he was arrested three day's later, according to the sheriff's office. He had methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in his car at the time of his arrest, according to the sheriff's office.

He was also charged with failing to register as a sex offender.

Freeman was convicted in 2003 of two counts of criminal sexual contact against a child.

San Juan County Sheriff's Office Deputy Robert Tallman, who oversees the sheriff's office's sexual offender registration and tracking unit, said the victim in the case was a six-year-old girl. Freeman was sentenced to three years for each count, plus an additional year on each charge for having a prior felony conviction.

The sentences ran consecutively, giving Freeman a total prison sentence of eight years in the case, Tallman said.


Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and rboetel@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.