Farmington man charged in machete fight

Steve Garrison

FARMINGTON — A 23-year-old Farmington man has been accused of fighting another man outside a convenience store on 20th Street over access to a garbage bin.

Shayne White

Shayne White was charged Dec. 7 in Farmington Magistrate Court with burglary of a vehicle, robbery and aggravated battery on accusations he attacked Timothy Smith outside the Giant convenience store at 2603 E. 20th St.

White has not yet retained legal representation, according to court records.

Farmington police officers were dispatched to the convenience store at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 after receiving reports that two men were involved in a fight involving a machete, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. 

Smith told detectives he was at the convenience store to purchase a beer when he noticed the store had changed its alcohol advertising signs.

Smith said he collected beer signs and thought he could find the old signs in the convenience store's trash bin. While he was rummaging through the store's trash bin, he said White and another man confronted him and asked him why he was looking in the trash can, according to the affidavit.

Smith said he felt threatened by White and ran to his van, but the men continued to harass him, the affidavit states. Smith told police he threatened the men with a machete he had in his vehicle, but White grasped the weapon by its blade and yanked it away from him.

Smith said he and White grappled over the weapon, but he eventually locked himself in his van and waited for police, according to the affidavit.

Smith was treated at the scene for two cuts on his right hand, both of which required stitches, the affidavit states.

White, located by police outside the convenience store, was also bleeding from a cut to his hand. According to the affidavit, he smelled like alcohol and provided a confusing and slurred statement regarding what happened between him and White.

Officers indicate in the affidavit that White claimed Smith harassed him "for nor reason," which police determined was not credible. White became defensive during the interview with police and refused to perform a breath test to determine his blood-alcohol concentration, the affidavit states.

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

He is expected to appear at a preliminary examination hearing on Dec. 23.

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