Farmington man charged in knife-point burglary

Steve Garrison
Tyson Smith

FARMINGTON — A 24-year-old Farmington man was arrested earlier this week for allegedly forcing his way into a woman's home and threatening her with a knife.

Tyson Smith was being held at San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $30,000 bond.

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

Farmington police were dispatched shortly after 1 a.m. Monday to a home on Maple Street in Farmington after receiving reports of a possible battery, according to arrest records.

A 25-year-old woman at the residence told police Smith appeared at her trailer off Troy King Road earlier in the evening and asked to spend the night there. She said she used to work with Smith at a fast food restaurant, but he was dismissed about a week ago, records state.

The woman said Smith smelled like liquor so she told him to leave, according to records.

The woman said Smith instead punched her in the head several times and forced entry into her home, records state. Smith then allegedly grabbed a knife from the kitchen and jumped on top of the woman, according to records.

The woman told police Smith placed the knife against her throat and ordered her into the bedroom, according to records, but she managed to escape into a bathroom and call her sister.

Smith allegedly fled the residence before police arrived, but he was located near Deer Trail and Main Street and placed under arrest, records state.

Smith allegedly told police the woman had picked him up in a vehicle earlier in the evening, but became upset when he expressed feelings for her.

Smith was charged Tuesday in Farmington Magistrate Court with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and petty misdemeanor battery.

He is expected 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.