Shiprock man charged in violent robbery

Thirty-five-year-old Roscoe Lee accused of beating victim and then stealing his laptop, cell phone

Steve Garrison

FARMINGTON — A 35-year-old Shiprock man has been accused of beating and robbing a man near the Farmington Indian Center.

Roscoe Lee was charged Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court with armed robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and larceny.

He is being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $20,000 bond, according to court records.

Lee has not yet retained legal representation, court records state.

A Farmington police officer was dispatched at 2:36 a.m. Sept. 29 to San Juan Regional Medical Center to speak with Nathan Castillo, who was being treated for several deep cuts to the head and a broken eye socket, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Castillo, 39, told the officer he met with Lee at approximately 7 p.m. the night prior at the Walmart at 1400 W. Main St.

He and Lee went to the Farmington Indian Center at 100 W. Elm St. and spent the night drinking together, the warrant states.

Castillo told police he showed Lee his laptop computer and cell phone while they were together. Lee allegedly responded by pulling out a pair of brass knuckles and beat Castillo into unconsciousness, the warrant states.

When Castillo woke up, Lee was gone and several of his possessions, including the laptop and the phone, were missing, according to the warrant.

A preliminary examination hearing has not yet been scheduled for Lee, according to court records.

According to court records, Lee was previously charged in Farmington Magistrate Court in October 2014 with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A jury trial in that case is scheduled to take place on Jan. 28.

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

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