Chad Tahy
Chad Tahy (Courtesy of San Juan County Adult Detention Center)

FARMINGTON — A 39-year-old man is being held on a $6,000 cash bond after being accused of trying to burn his house down over a missing dog.

Chad E. Tahy was charged on Friday in Farmington Magistrate Court with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, interference with communications and possession of marijuana, a first offense.

An officer from the Farmington Police Department was dispatched shortly after midnight on Friday to a home at 762 Hope Ave. to investigate a possible structure fire, according to a police report.

The officer made contact with Tahy outside the residence and he appeared intoxicated, according to the report. Inside the residence was Alfred Begay, who told police that his roommate "went crazy" and started squirting lighter fluid all over the house.

"I'm gonna do what I have to do to find Carlos (the dog)," Tahy said, according to Begay.

Begay, 42, said in the report that he managed to wrestle the lighter fluid away from Tahy, but Tahy pulled the plug on his phone when he tried to call police.

Tahy was uncooperative, the report states, and was placed under arrest. The officer found a small bag of marijuana in his pocket during a routine search, according to the report.

Judge James Mosberger found probable cause that a crime was committed on Monday. A preliminary examination has been scheduled for June 25.

Tahy faces up to 18 months in prison and $5,000 in fines if convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and stgarrison@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT.