Two men face robbery charges in separate cases

Noel Lyn Smith

FARMINGTON — Two San Juan County men face multiple charges, including robbery, for separate cases in Farmington Magistrate Court.

Matthew Myers

Matthew Myers, 35, has been charged with robbery, aggravated battery against a household member and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

Each charge stems from a Jan. 16 incident involving a domestic violence situation at Farmington Lake.

A patrol officer with the Farmington Police Department was dispatched to a residence on Kayenta Drive and interviewed the victim. The victim told the officer that Myers and she were talking about their relationship in her vehicle at the lake when he became upset, then hit and strangled her, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The affidavit states Myers ripped off the victim's silver necklace and a white gold bracelet, both valued at $150, then left the scene in the victim's black Nissan Frontier truck.

The officer reported the truck as stolen and obtained a warrant for Myers' arrest from magistrate court, the affidavit states.

Myers was booked into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on Jan. 18.

He waived a preliminary hearing in magistrate court on Wednesday, and the case was bound over to the district court, according to court records. Myers remained in custody today at the detention center.

In a separate case, 19-year-old Adrian Commanche was charged on Jan. 13 with armed robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, tampering with evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Adrian Commanche

Commanche is accused of beating a 48-year-old man with a skateboard near West Apache Street on Jan. 13, according to the statement of probable cause.

In the statement, a witness told a Farmington police officer he was driving east on U.S. Highway 64 when he saw four individuals hitting and kicking a man, and saw one of the subjects digging into the man's pockets.

Another witness told the officer that he rendered first aid to the victim, who was later transported to the hospital.

While providing first aid, the witness said the man mumbled about a wallet and a skateboard, according to the statement.

Commanche was found after officers searched for him in the area of La Plata Highway and U.S. Highway 64, according to the statement.

A preliminary hearing was waived on Wednesday, and the case was bound over to the district court, court records state.

Commanche remained in custody today at the detention center.

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