Father and son arrested in flea market robbery

Steve Garrison
Larry Dunsworth

FARMINGTON — A father and son were arrested this weekend on suspicion of robbing a man at knife-point at the Farmington Flea Market.

Deputies from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office were dispatched at 10:24 a.m. Saturday to the flea market at 7701 E. Main St. after receiving reports two men had threatened a vendor with a knife, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

The vendor told deputies a younger man attempted to stab him after he asked an older man to remain in front of his booth, the release states. The vendor said he defended himself by pointing a gun at the younger man, and the older man responded by displaying his own gun, according to the release.

"Don't mess with us," the older man allegedly told the vendor, according to the release.

Baxter Dunsworth

The vendor claimed the older man distracted him so the younger man could steal a knife from his table, the release states.

A witness took several photographs of the two men and their vehicle. The sheriff's office posted the photos to its Facebook page, and the men were eventually identified as Bloomfield residents Larry Dunsworth, 58, and his son, Baxter Dunsworth, 30, according to authorities.

The men were arrested Saturday at their residence in Bloomfield and booked into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center, according to the release.

They have since been released on bond, the release states.

Both men were charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and larceny, according to the release.

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