Suspects accused of battery, attempted robbery
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FARMINGTON — Three people are accused of punching and kicking a man after he refused to purchase alcohol for them.
Nathaniel Peters, 35; Rayanna Watchman, 22; and Fredrick Pioche, 31, each face two felony counts of aggravated battery and attempted robbery, according to court records and documents.
Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched to 600 W. Arrington St. at about 3 p.m. on April 30 regarding a fight near the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions building, according to the probable cause statement. Police found the victim at the scene with his face covered in blood, a large cut in the middle of his face and blood splattered on his sweatshirt.
The victim told police he was walking near the Safeway grocery store at 730 W. Main St. in Farmington when the suspects asked him to buy alcohol for them, according to court documents.
When the victim declined, Watchman allegedly hit the victim in the head with her purse and the three suspects attempted to steal the victim's wallet. Pioche then allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing him to fall to the ground.
The victim told police the three suspects kicked and punched him while he was on the ground, according to court documents. Watchman and Peters allegedly held down the victim while Pioche continued to punch and kick him.
Peters and Watchman also have been charged with a felony false imprisonment count, according to court records.
An officer later drove the victim to the San Juan Regional Medical Center for treatment after the victim identified the three suspects. The officer observed the victim had a laceration on his forehead and a cut on the bridge of his nose, and his right eye was swollen shut.
The victim also stated the suspects allegedly kicked him in the throat and in the back of the head. He also had bruises on the left side of his abdomen.
When Pioche was arrested, a cylinder that smelled of marijuana was found in his backpack, along with a broken marijuana pipe with burned marijuana residue, according to court documents. He was charged with a misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.
During separate interviews with police, Watchman and Peters denied attacking the victim. They said the fight was between Pioche and the victim, according to court documents.
The three suspects were released after their preliminary hearings this morning at Farmington Magistrate Court.
Pioche was released on his own recognizance while Peters and Watchmen were released on bond.
Tyson Quail, Watchman's attorney, did not respond to requests for comment. Peters and Pioche have no legal representation, according to court records.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.