Suspect sought in alleged robbery, stabbing

Victim was stabbed multiple times during home invasion

Joshua Kellogg
  • The second suspect is described a bald Native American male in his late 30s.
  • Suspect Derek James, 34, of Farmington, was taken into custody and charged on Monday.
  • The victim was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries at San Juan Regional Medical Center.
Derek James

FARMINGTON — Farmington police are searching for a second suspect involved in an alleged armed robbery that left a 33-year-old man with multiple stab wounds.

Farmington police describe the at-large suspect as a bald, Native American male in his late 30s. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477.

The first suspect in the incident, Derek James, 34, of Farmington, was charged Monday with two second-degree felonies for aggravated burglary and armed robbery along with a third-degree aggravated burglary felony, according to a Farmington Police Department press release.

James is accused of stabbing Pete Kimball, 33, multiple times at Kimball's home in the 2300 block of West Apache Street on Monday, according to the probable cause statement.

He has no legal representation, according to court records.

Officers were dispatched to the San Juan Regional Medical Center around 1:02 p.m. Monday after Kimball walked into the emergency room with injuries consistent with stab wounds.

Kimball told police he was lying on his bed at home when James and another unidentified male entered his bedroom and demanded money from him, according to court documents.

James allegedly stabbed Kimball in the left thigh area, left shoulder and right and left hands. He also allegedly was beaten with brass knuckles by James at the same time, according to court documents.

The two suspects allegedly took $3,000 in cash and an unspecified amount of jewelry before leaving the residence, according to the press release and court documents.

Kimball caught a ride to the hospital and was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries, according to the press release.

James was taken into custody when police located him in a unit in the Brentwood Manor Apartments at 610 E. 30th St. He was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, according to court documents.

He also has a case pending in district court for a possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm/destructive device by a felon charges, according to court records. While being patted down by police, James told them he had a knife in his front, left pants pocket. A knife, "which was disguised as gray brass knuckles" was retrieved from James' pants, according to court documents.

He was being held today on a $100,000 cash-only bond at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

His preliminary hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Farmington Magistrate Court.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.