Farmington man charged with child abuse

Noel Lyn Smith
Joshua Manzer

FARMINGTON — A 29-year-old man is facing a felony charge on an allegation he hit a male juvenile after consuming alcohol with several juveniles at a Farmington residence.

Joshua Manzer, of Farmington, was charged with child abuse on April 27 in Farmington Magistrate Court, according to court documents.

Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched at approximately 2:04 a.m. on April 25 to the 5200 block of East Hubbard Road regarding a possible fight. At the residence, an officer met a male juvenile who appeared to be intoxicated and who said he had been hit in the face by Manzer.

A witness told officers Manzer had been drinking with the juvenile and that he saw Manzer hit the juvenile with a closed fist, causing him to fall to the ground.

The juvenile was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he is accused of spitting on and attempting to bite a hospital employee while receiving care. The juvenile was charged with battery on a health care worker and was transported to the San Juan County Detention Center, court documents state.

Manzer was arrested on April 29 and remained in custody today at the detention center.

At the time of the April 25 incident, Manzer had an active felony warrant for his arrest for two incidents in March.

A Farmington police officer was dispatched at approximately 11:09 p.m. on March 13 to the Kwiq Stop, 1721 E. 20th St., where a cashier told police that a male, later identified as Manzer, had entered the store with a wooden cane and demanded items because he was hungry, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. Manzer allegedly threatened the cashier with the cane and said he would attack the man for the items.

He then grabbed an energy bar and demanded cigarettes and a lighter. When the cashier told Manzer that he could not have the items, he left the store.

The officer responded to a second call involving Manzer at about 1:04 a.m. on March 14.

The affidavit states Manzer is accused of stealing two snack bars from a Phillips 66 gas station at 2615 E. Main St.

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