Farmington man charged with assault in double stabbing in Fruitland

Steve Garrison
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON >> A 26-year-old Farmington man was arrested Tuesday in connection to a double stabbing in Fruitland, according to a press release from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

Aaron Thomas was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshal Taskforce at a Farmington apartment on Tuesday afternoon after being identified by the victims, the release states.

Thomas faces charges that include multiple counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and battery.

San Juan County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched shortly after noon Monday to the San Juan County Regional Medical Center after learning that two women were being treated for stab wounds, the release states.

The women — Sharell Smith, 24, of Fruitland; and Summer Poyer, 29, of Farmington — told deputies they were with Thomas at Smith's house in Fruitland earlier in the morning.

The women got into a heated argument with Thomas, the release states, and he pulled out a knife. He then stabbed both women repeatedly and fled the residence, according to the release.

Roberta Rogers, marketing manager at the medical center, said Smith was in critical condition as of Tuesday evening. Poyer was treated and released, Rogers said.

Thomas was booked Tuesday into the San Juan County Detention Center on a $250,000 cash-only bond, according to the release.

According to court records, Thomas was previously convicted of battery upon a peace officer in October 2012.

In January 2011, he was convicted of battery of a household member and assault of a household member, court records state.

Monday's incident was the second stabbing reported in less than a week.

Jacob Alcon was charged Thursday with attempted first-degree murder and two counts of child abuse after being accused of stabbing Victor Escojeda, 28, on Wednesday.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said Escojeda remained in critical condition as of Tuesday morning.

Alcon waived his right to a preliminary examination Tuesday, O'Brien said.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.