Two men accused of kidnapping teen girl at Farmington birthday party

Steve Garrison The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Two men were accused last week of kidnapping and beating a teen girl during a birthday party in Farmington.

Aaron Rarrick, 19, and Malachi Maura, 20, were each charged June 2 in Farmington Magistrate Court with first-degree felony kidnapping, attempting to commit first-degree felony kidnapping, child abuse and false imprisonment.

Rarrick was also charged with aggravated battery against a household member, causing great bodily harm.

Rarrick is being held at San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $90,000 bond, and Maura is being held on a $75,000 bond, according to court records.

According to an arrest warrant, Farmington police detectives were alerted on May 30 that a juvenile girl reported that she had been tied up and possibly raped the previous night.

The girl told police that she got into a verbal argument with Rarrick during a birthday party held on May 29 at a residence on East 30th Street in Farmington.

She said Rarrick punched her, pulled her hair and wrapped his hands around her neck, according to the warrant. He then held her down and his friend, Maura, helped in binding her hands and ankles with duct tape, according to the warrant.

The girl told detectives that Rarrick held his hands over her mouth throughout the night to keep her from screaming, which caused her to black out.

She said in the morning she was able to chew through her bindings and attempted to escape, but Rarrick and Maura chased her down and forced her into Rarrick's vehicle.

They then went to Rarrick's house, according to the warrant, and the girl escaped after Rarrick fell asleep.

Another girl at the party provided a statement to police that matched the alleged victim's account of the night. The party goer told police that everyone at the party was drunk, and late in the evening, the girl accused Rarrick of cheating on her, which started the argument.

Officers noted that the girl had multiple bruises on her face and arms. Glue from the duct tape was also found on her wrists, according to the warrant.

A search warrant was executed at Rarrick's residence, and police located 4 inches of duct tape and the girl's shoes.

Rarrick waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, and an arraignment date has not yet been scheduled, according to court records. Rarrick's attorney, Ruth Wheeler, did not respond to a request for comment.

Maura was scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing Wednesday, but it was postponed. His attorney, Mark Curnutt, also did not respond to a request for comment.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.