Cedar Hill man arrested after 4-hour standoff

Steve Garrison
Members of the Farmington police SWAT team approach a home on Wednesday in the Lee Acres subdivision east of Farmington.

FARMINGTON — A 32-year-old Cedar Hill man was arrested without incident Wednesday evening after an approximately four-and-a-half-hour standoff at a residence in the Lee Acres subdivision east of Farmington.

Detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln of the San Juan County Sheriff's Office identified the man Wednesday night as Chris Privette.

An arrest warrant was issued for Privette on charges of armed robbery, false imprisonment, auto burglary, interference with communication and vandalism, among other offenses.

Lincoln said the man barricaded himself in a residence at No. 4 County Road 5468 in San Juan County after robbing a man at gunpoint in the SunRay Park & Casino parking lot earlier in the day. The victim told deputies the suspect attempted to force him into a vehicle, but he was able to escape.

Members of the Farmington police SWAT team surround a home Wednesday in the Lee Acres subdivision east of Farmington.

The suspect led local and state law enforcement on a brief chase through the Lee Acres subdivision before barricading himself in the residence on County Road 5468 at approximately 12:45 p.m.

Lincoln said a woman was also in the residence with the suspect. She exited at 2:10 p.m. and is not believed to have been involved in the incident, according to Lincoln.

Both the sheriff's office and Farmington police SWAT teams were dispatched to the location, and armored vehicles arrived at approximately 2 p.m. The suspect did not comply with orders to exit the residence, and police eventually breached the home at approximately 5:15 p.m.

The standoff disrupted school busing services in the subdivision and left several residents stranded outside the police perimeter waiting to enter their homes.

Privette was previously charged July 1 in Aztec Magistrate Court with violating a restraining order, possession of a firearm theft by a felon and three counts of criminal trespass.

According to court records, the firearm offense was dismissed on July 30 by the San Juan County District Attorney's Office. The other charges remain pending, records state.

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

The SWAT team responds on Wednesday to a man who barricaded himself inside a home on County Road 5468 in the Lee Acres subdivision east of Farmington.