Fruitland men arrested in armed home invasion

Steve Garrison
Cory Redding

FARMINGTON — Three men were arrested Sunday night on suspicion of committing an armed home invasion on County Road 6100 near Kirtland.

Two men are accused of entering a home in the 700 block of County Road 6100 armed with an air-powered pistol and a metal baton while a third man served as lookout, according to a San Juan County Sheriff's Office press release.

The armed men threatened two elderly women in the residence, the release states, and rummaged through the house. The men then ordered an 81-year-old woman at the house to lay face-down on a bed while they made their escape, according to the release.

Sheriff's detective Sgt. Candice Montoya said the home invasion was reported to San Juan County dispatch at 6:38 p.m. She said both women used oxygen tanks, and one was required to use a wheelchair.

One woman told detectives she recognized one of the suspects as their neighbor, Cory Redding.

Jacob Sandoval

Redding, 19, was located by detectives in the company of two friends — Dillon Smith, 18, and Jacob Sandoval, 18.

All three men were interviewed and admitted to participating in the robbery, the release states. Detectives obtained a search warrant and found the women's money and jewelry at Redding's residence.

The suspects are residents of Fruitland, the release states.

Dillon Smith

Redding is charged with armed robbery, tampering with evidence and false imprisonment. Sandoval is charged with accessory to commit armed robbery and tampering with evidence. Smith is charged with accessory to commit armed robbery.

Redding is being held on a $40,000 bond, Sandoval is held on a $30,000 bond and Smith is held on a $20,000 bond, according to the release.

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