Man accused of pistol-whipping girlfriend

Jason Reed, 34, sought on warrant in woman's beating

Steve Garrison
Jason Reed

AZTEC — The San Juan County Sheriff's Office is seeking a 34-year-old man on allegations he pistol-whipped his longtime girlfriend at a house near Farmington.

Jason Reed was charged Thursday in Aztec Magistrate Court with false imprisonment, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, aggravated battery and aggravated assault, among other, lesser offenses.

A warrant has been issued for Reed's arrest. His last known address was 605 Taos Ave. in Farmington, according to court records.

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched at 10:36 p.m. Wednesday to a residence on County Road 3956 after receiving reports Reed had beaten his girlfriend of 22 years at gunpoint and then fled in a vehicle, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The girlfriend, Jesse Ponder, told deputies she had not seen Reed in several days, but he wanted to meet with her earlier in the day. She told him to meet her at a residence in south Farmington, but she instead went to the Northern Edge Casino, the affidavit states.

Ponder said Reed found her at the casino and ordered her to come with him. She refused and Reed allegedly punched her in the face, causing him to be thrown out of the casino by security, according to the affidavit.

Ponder told deputies Reed waited outside the casino for her and then followed her to SunRay Park & Casino, where another altercation took place. The girlfriend eventually fled to a friend's residence on County Road 3956 and Reed again followed her there, according to the affidavit.

Ponder's friend allowed Reed into the residence and he immediately pulled out a semiautomatic pistol and threatened to kill Ponder, the affidavit states.

Ponder told deputies Reed struck her in the head with the butt of the gun and then punched her in the ribs and face. Deputies noted in the affidavit Ponder had dried blood on her face and a quarter-sized bump on the back of her head.

Reed was charged in September 2014 in Bernalillo District Court with possession of a narcotic drug, a felony offense, but the charge was dismissed on Nov. 2 after prosecutors failed to provide discovery to Reed's defense attorney in a timely manner, according  to court records.

Reed's bond is set at $31,800, according to court records.

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