Tabetha Anderson
Tabetha Anderson (Courtesy of San Juan County Adult Detention Center)

FARMINGTON — A 32-year-old homeless woman is being held on a $10,000 bond after being accused of robbing the Giant convenience store on East 20th Street using a toy gun.

Tabetha Anderson was charged Tuesday, June 17, in Farmington Magistrate Court with robbery, assault with intent to commit a violent felony and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the police report, a Farmington police officer was dispatched to the Giant, 609 E. 20th St., at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, June 16, in regards to a robbery complaint.

The officer found Anderson standing outside the convenience store smoking a cigarette. She allegedly admitted to robbing the store, telling the officer through tears that she was homeless and desperate. She said she wished to be arrested, the report states.

Store clerk Alberta Yazzie told police that Anderson demanded cigarettes, stating, "I have a gun and I'm going to shoot all of you." She then went around the counter and grabbed several items before exiting the store, according to the report. Yazzie told police that Anderson waved through the window at her several times as she waited for police to arrive.

The officer searched Anderson and found a broken toy gun, a prescription bottle that smelled like marijuana, two cigars and a bottle of soda. The stolen items were valued at about $5.

Anderson faces six years in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted of robbery and assault with intent to commit a violent felony, both third-degree felonies.

According to court records, Judge Stanley King found probable cause that Anderson committed the crimes alleged and set her bond at $10,000.

A preliminary examination is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

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