Warrant issued for man charged with kidnapping

Aaron Eaton, 36, remains at large in connection with incident

Noel Lyn Smith
Aaron Eaton

FARMINGTON — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Farmington man wanted in an alleged kidnapping that resulted in the victim escaping near the Northern Edge Navajo Casino in Upper Fruitland.

Aaron Eaton, 36, was charged Thursday in Aztec Magistrate Court, according to a San Juan County Sheriff's Office press release.

He faces two counts of child abuse, aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon, tampering with evidence, aggravated battery against a household member causing great bodily harm, assault against a household member, possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon and battery on a household member, the release states.

Deputies contacted a 33-year-old woman who alleged Eaton, her boyfriend, abducted her and her 5-month-old daughter at gunpoint on Thursday just south of Farmington, according to the release.

The release states the victim told deputies she had been pistol whipped and dragged out of a house.

She said Eaton drove toward the Navajo Nation . At the intersection of West Murray Drive and the Bisti Highway in Farmington, she opened the car door and tried to escape.

Eaton then grabbed her, pulled her back into the car and choked her until she became unconscious.

She told deputies that when she woke, the car was in motion, and her leg was hanging out the open door. She said her daughter was lying in her lap at the time of the incident.

Eaton continued driving toward the reservation, then drove to a small cemetery on Navajo Route 36 near the casino, the release states.

At the cemetery, he started digging by a tree. While he was digging, the victim ran to the casino for help, according to the release.

The car was located near the cemetery, but Eaton was not located, and a gun was found in the disturbed dirt, the release states.

Deputies also found the victim's shoe at the intersection.

The victim was treated for minor injuries at the San Juan Regional Medical Center and released. Her daughter was not injured, the release states.

Anyone with information about Easton's whereabouts is asked to call the dispatch center at 505-334-6622 or San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477.