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Farmington man accused of striking victim with bat
David Carter is accused of a third-degree felony count of aggravated assault
FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of striking a man in the head with a baseball bat and stomping the victim's head.
David Carter, 47, was charged in Farmington Magistrate Court Friday on a third-degree felony count of aggravated assault, according to court records.
He had no legal representation as of this afternoon, according to court records.
Farmington Police Department officers were dispatched at 12:44 a.m. on June 15 to 611 N. Monterey Ave. on a report of a man who had been beaten and was lying on the ground in the middle of the apartment complex, law enforcement officials said in the probable cause statement.
The man told police he was talking to a neighbor while sitting on the balcony upstairs when he felt something hit the back of his head.
When the man stood up, he reportedly saw "stars" and did not have a recollection of what had occurred, he told police.
Medics arrived on the scene and examined the man, determining he had a concussion and bruising on the right-rear side of his head, according to court documents. The man refused treatment from medics and was cleared at the scene.
Officers interviewed three witnesses as part of the investigation.
A woman told police she had been inside a nearby apartment when she saw a man on the ground and a man later identified as Carter standing over him, stomping on the man's head with his right foot multiple times.
She said she also witnessed Carter allegedly strike the man with a blunt object she believed to be a baseball bat, according to court documents.
Two men interviewed by police described Carter as wearing a white shirt and dark pants with a black backpack.
One of the men told police he saw a man matching Carter's description walking down the stairs of the apartment complex with what appeared to be a baseball bat.
The other man told police he did not hear or see the alleged fight but stated he had seen a man matching Carter's description running westbound in a nearby alley north of the apartment complex.
An officer later made contact with Carter near the intersection of Scott Avenue and San Juan Boulevard. He was taken into custody and was driven back to the apartment complex.
At the scene, officers were unable to interview Carter as he allegedly yelled and cursed at the officers as they tried to speak to him, according to court documents.
Carter was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center as of this afternoon on a $10,000 cash/surety bond.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on June 28 in Farmington Magistrate Court.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.