AZTEC — A 38-year-old man was accused last week of attempting to sexually assault a woman at his residence in Flora Vista.
Robert Archuleta was charged July 21 in Aztec Magistrate Court with first-degree attempted sexual penetration, first-degree kidnapping, criminal sexual contact and two counts of misdemeanor battery.
According to the criminal complaint, a San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputy was dispatched at 1:20 a.m. on July 19 to Archuleta's home to investigate a suspected sexual assault.
A woman told the officer she had been trying to leave Archuleta's home for about two hours, but he would not allow her. She told the officer Archuleta instructed her to undress and then forced himself on her.
She said in the complaint he punched her in the face and tried to rape her, but she was able to fend him off. She said at one point she tried to escape when he was in the bathroom, but he slammed the door on her hand and pulled her to the ground by her hair.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 4, according to court records.
A first-degree felony carries a maximum penalty of 18 years in prison and $15,000 in fines.