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Farmington man accused of attempting to take officer's weapon
Suspect had two outstanding warrants for failure to appear
FARMINGTON — A Farmington man wanted on multiple warrants is accused of trying to take an officer's firearm from his holster while attempting to resist arrest.
Roydale Pete, 27, is accused of five charges, including fourth-degree felony counts of battery upon a peace officer and attempting to disarm a peace officer, according to court records.
He also faces misdemeanor counts of assault upon a peace officer and resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer along with a petty misdemeanor charge of concealing identity.
The suspect is accused of fleeing police, punching and kicking an officer and attempting to take the officer's handgun twice while the officer attempted to take Pete into custody, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
John Beckstead, Pete's attorney, did not respond to a request for comment.
An officer for the Farmington Police Department was dispatched around 3:47 p.m. on Feb. 8 to the 400 block of North Lorena Avenue on reports of a domestic dispute, according to the probable cause statement.
A woman identified as Pete's mother told police her son was arguing with her and that he had warrants for his arrest.
Pete had two warrants for failing to appear in district court on misdemeanor convictions for battery and driving while license revoked along with a petty misdemeanor conviction for speeding, according to court records.
While driving his patrol vehicle, the officer observed a man later identified as Pete in the area of the 7-2-11 convenience store at 800 W. Main St
The officer exited his vehicle and started to follow Pete, who is accused of refusing to answer the officer's questions and later of running away from the officer.
Pete was observed with bloodshot and watery eyes, and documents indicate that the officer believed Pete was possibly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Pete fled from the officer and climbed over a chain-link fence before the officer tackled Pete and took him to the ground, according to court documents.
While on the ground, Pete is accused of shouting threats, stating the officer was going to die as he punched and kicked the officer while the officer attempted to restrain him.
During that struggle Pete Is accused of making two attempts to grab the pistol from the officer's leg holster and telling the officer, "I will get your gun," according to court documents.
The officer kept Pete restrained until additional officers arrived on scene and took him into custody.
An open pocket knife was found in Pete's jacket, which he took off while allegedly fleeing from the officer. A collapsible baton was found in a pocket of Pete's pants.
Pete's preliminary hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning in Farmington Magistrate Court. He is being held on a no-bond hold at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.