Man charged with rape at Farmington apartment

Steve Garrison

AZTEC — Harvey Yazzie, 25, was arrested at the Eaton Village Apartments in Farmington on allegations he raped his girlfriend.

Harvey Yazzie

Yazzie has not yet been provided legal representation, according to court records.

Farmington police officers were dispatched at 1:22 a.m. Thursday to the apartment complex at 2550 E. 16th St. after receiving reports of a sexual assault involving a 29-year-old woman and her minor daughter, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The woman told police her boyfriend, Yazzie, was drinking alcohol earlier in the evening after she had gone to bed, the affidavit states. She said she awoke during the night and found Yazzie attempting to pick the lock to her daughter's room with a bobby pin, according to the affidavit.

The woman said she told Yazzie to stop and he began groping her, the affidavit states. She told police she tried to fight him off, but he began choking her and eventually forced his genitals into her mouth, according to the affidavit.

After several minutes, Yazzie ordered the woman to unlock her daughter's bedroom door, the affidavit states. The woman told police she brought her daughter into their bedroom and Yazzie forced the mother out of the room and locked the door, according to the affidavit.

The woman said she heard her daughter screaming and she called 911, the affidavit states.

San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said Monday the child is 10 years old.

Yazzie is charged in Farmington Magistrate Court with two counts of second-degree felony kidnapping, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, criminal sexual penetration in the second degree, child abuse and two counts of misdemeanor aggravated battery against a household member.

Yazzie was also initially charged with child enticement and criminal sexual contact of a minor in the third-degree, according to court records, but a magistrate judge determined Friday that prosecutors did not yet have sufficient evidence to pursue those charges.

O'Brien said the investigation is ongoing and the charges can be refiled at a later date.

Yazzie is being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $150,000 bond, according to court records.

He is set to appear at a preliminary examination hearing on April 6.

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