Bloomfield man charged with battery, car theft

Steve Garrison
Mark Sanchez

FARMINGTON — Mark Sanchez, 31, of Bloomfield, was arrested earlier this week on allegations that he battered two women, stole a vehicle and then fled from deputies on county roads east of Farmington.

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

Deputies from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office were dispatched at 2:45 a.m. Monday to a residence on U.S. Highway 64 near County Road 5173 after receiving reports of a battery, according to the police report.

A deputy met with two women, one of whom had a small cut on the bridge of her nose and a golf ball-sized knot in the middle of her forehead, the report states. The women told the deputy Sanchez attacked them outside their friend's residence and then fled in one of their vehicles, a 2003 Ford Escort.

As he was speaking with the women, the deputy spotted the vehicle leaving a nearby residence, according to the report. Deputies pursued the vehicle as it fled west on U.S. Highway 64 and then north on County Road 5290, the report states.

The driver abandoned the vehicle on County Road 5584 and fled on foot, according to the report. Sanchez was located hiding behind a residence in the neighborhood and placed under arrest.

Sanchez initially denied he stole the vehicle, but then admitted he did so because he wanted to leave the residence, the report states.

Sanchez was charged Tuesday in Aztec Magistrate Court with robbery, vehicle theft and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, along with several lesser offenses.

He is being held on a $25,000 bond, according to court records.

Sanchez is scheduled to appear at a preliminary examination hearing on March 31.

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