Shiprock man charged in San Juan County battery

Kendrick Joey, 36, has been jailed on $25,000 bond

Steve Garrison
Kendrick Joey

AZTEC — A 36-year-old Shiprock man has been accused of beating a woman and her father at a residence in San Juan County.

Kendrick Joey was charged Sept. 28 in Aztec Magistrate Court with two counts of aggravated battery, causing great bodily harm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Joey was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $25,000 bond. His attorney, Brad Kerwin, said in an email Tuesday it would be premature to comment on the case.

" ... However, I’d like to point out that our criminal justice system affords everyone the constitutionally protected right to the presumption of innocence," Kerwin said.

A detective from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office was dispatched at 9:35 p.m. on Sept. 26 to the San Juan Regional Medical Center after receiving reports that a woman and her father were being treated for wounds sustained in a fight, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Kimberly Castor Henry was being treated at the hospital for lacerations and severe bruising to her face, the affidavit states. She told the detective she was punched and kicked repeatedly by "Eric," later identified as Kendrick Joey, at a residence at No. 17 County Road 6365.

Kimberly Henry's father, Davis Henry, told the detective he tried to intercede in the fight, but Joey then attacked him, punching him repeatedly in the face, according to the affidavit.

Kimberly Henry said Joey also threatened her with a knife, the affidavit states.

Joey was no longer at the residence when deputies arrived, but the officers noted there was a significant amount of blood in the kitchen and living room, according to the affidavit.

Joey was arrested on Sept. 27, according to court records, and he is expected to appear at a preliminary examination hearing on Thursday.

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