Farmington man charged with aggravated battery

Noel Lyn Smith
Dameon Smith

FARMINGTON – A 31-year-old Farmington man charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon will have a preliminary examination hearing this week in Farmington.

Dameon Smith was charged Nov. 8 for allegedly striking a man twice with a baseball bat.

Smith also faces a charge for allegedly being an out-of-state fugitive on an arrest warrant in Montezuma County in Colorado, according to the criminal complaint.

Smith made his first appearance in magistrate court on Nov. 10 and requested representation by a public defender, according to court records. An employee with the public defender's office in Aztec said today that the office has not received the request.

A preliminary examination hearing will be at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court.

Smith remained in custody today at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Farmington officers were dispatched at about 8:55 p.m. Nov. 8 to 1209 Bramble Ave. after police dispatchers received a call about a person breaking items with a baseball bat outside the residence, according to the statement of probable cause.

When officers arrived, they learned the suspect had left the scene on foot.

As officers searched the area, they heard screaming coming from Bramble Avenue and returned to the residence, where they saw a man bleeding from his forehead.

The victim told police that Smith was the person who hit him, according to court documents.

Officers continued searching the area and eventually found Smith hiding inside a boat on south Bluffview Avenue. Smith was ordered by officers to exit the boat and officers noticed dried blood and fresh blood on Smith, court document state.

He was handcuffed and escorted to the front of the property, where he told an officer he was injured and medics were called to the scene.

The victim told officers he had been living with Smith, and earlier in the day they argued about money the victim gave Smith. The victim said he wanted to leave and asked for his personal items from Smith, who placed them outside the residence.

According to court records, the victim also told police that Smith struck him in the head with a baseball bat and in the back.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.