Man charged in sexual battery at Farmington motel

Steve Garrison
Alexis Marquez

FARMINGTON – Police allege a 33-year-old Nageezi man attacked his girlfriend Monday at a Motel 6.

Alexis Marquez was charged Tuesday in Farmington Magistrate Court with aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, criminal sexual contact, interference with communications and misdemeanor battery.

He was being held Wednesday at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $30,000 bond. He had not retained legal representation, according to court records.

Farmington police officers were dispatched at about 6 p.m. Monday to the Motel 6 at 1600 Bloomfield Blvd. after receiving reports of a battery, according to court records.

Police met with alleged victim, Lavonne Kaye, outside the hotel, records state. Kaye, 40, had bite marks on her face, and she was crying, according to records.

The Daily Times does not name sexual assault victims, but Kaye consented to an interview and agreed to have her name used in this story.

Kaye said in an interview Wednesday that she left work 28 minutes late and walked back to the hotel to meet with Marquez. She said she pounded on his room door, but there was no reply. So Kaye said she yelled through a motel room window and awoke him. She said Marquez seemed disoriented and did not seem to recognize her.

"He was pretty intoxicated," Kaye said.

Marquez became upset and accused Kaye of cheating on him, according to the affidavit. He punched her repeatedly, pulled her hair and bit her cheek, the affidavit states.

Kaye told police she attempted to call 911, but Marquez ripped the phone from the wall. She said Marquez then held her down and violently groped her, according to the affidavit.

Marquez was found inside the motel room and placed under arrest, the affidavit states. He told police he did not remember what happened earlier in the evening.

Marquez's father then arrived at the scene and told detectives he had rented the room, and his son was not supposed to be there, according to the affidavit. The father accused his son of breaking into the room through a window, the affidavit states.

Marquez is scheduled to appear April 13 at a preliminary examination hearing.

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

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