SAN JUAN COUNTY ADULT DETENTION CENTERNancy Easley
SAN JUAN COUNTY ADULT DETENTION CENTER Nancy Easley

FARMINGTON — A 46-year-old woman was accused last week of threatening another woman with a knife in east Farmington.

Nancy Easley was charged Thursday in Farmington Magistrate Court with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony.

A Farmington police officer was dispatched at about 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday to the intersection of East Pinon and East Cedar streets after receiving reports of a fight involving a knife, according to a police report.

The officer met with a sergeant from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, who said he observed Easley threaten another woman, later identified as Racheal Russell, with a large knife. The sergeant told the officer that Easley was standing with the knife lowered at first, but lifted it up as if she was about to use it. The sergeant confiscated the knife, which was about 8- to 10-inches long with a 4-inch blade.

Easley told the officer that she was walking along the Riverwalk when she encountered Russell. Her pants were wet from having been in the river and Russell accused her of urinating herself, she said. Easley told the officer she tried to leave, but Russell threatened to kill her. She pulled out the knife to defend herself, she said in the complaint.

Russell told the officer that she had pointed out Easley's wet pants to help her and was surprised when she pulled out the knife.

Easley was transported and booked at the San Juan Regional Detention Center. According to court records, Magistrate Judge James Mosberger found probable cause that the offense was committed on Thursday and a preliminary examination is scheduled for Wednesday.

Easley faces up to 18 months in prison and $5,000 in fines if convicted.

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.