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Ex-jail employee charged in baseball bat attack

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — Police say a former jail employee struck a man on the head with a baseball bat last week during a fight near Bloomfield.

Donovan Andrew Armenta

Deputies with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office were dispatched at 8:43 p.m. Tuesday to Blanco Boulevard just east of Bloomfield after receiving reports of a fight in progress, according to a sheriff's office press release.

Deputies located several men at the scene, including one man who was bleeding from the head, the release states.

A preliminary investigation indicated an initial dispute occurred at the 7-2-11 convenience store at 418 W. Broadway Ave. in Bloomfield and then the parties moved to Blanco Boulevard, the release states.

Donovan Armenta allegedly produced a baseball bat during the fight and struck another man over the head with it, which caused the bat to splinter, the release states.

Armenta, 19, of Bloomfield, was charged Wednesday in Aztec Magistrate Court with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony.

Armenta was a probationary employee at the San Juan County Detention Center at the time of the fight, the release states.

The sheriff's office today continued to investigate the incident and more charges are pending, according to the release.

Armenta will appear Wednesday at a preliminary examination hearing.

His attorney, Steve Murphy, did not respond today to a request for comment.