Cops seek fugitive in Wild Horse Valley shooting

The Daily Times staff
Randy Armenta

FARMINGTON — A warrant was issued today for 22-year-old Randy Armenta in the nonfatal shooting of a man Thursday in the Wild Horse Valley subdivision, according to a press release from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

Armenta, a resident of Bloomfield, has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and shooting at or from a motor vehicle for allegedly shooting 28-year-old Edgar Lopez during a dispute outside a home on County Road 5777, the release states.

Armenta's cash-only bond has been set at $50,000, the release states.

Sheriff's office detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln previously identified Armenta as a suspect in the shooting.

Lincoln said Thursday that Lopez was shot in the leg and rushed by the home's owner to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Armenta was already wanted by police on a warrant for allegedly receiving, disposing or retaining stolen property. The bond in that case was set at $20,000.

He was also wanted on suspicion of failing to comply with the terms of his probation set in a credit card theft case.