Farmington man accused of battery, stealing ex's car

Matthew Pilavjian was charged on allegations of robbery, aggravated stalking and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times
  • A warrant with a $100,000 cash-only bond has been issued for Pilavjian.
  • He is accused of fighting the victim's mother and stealing the victim's car.
  • Pilavjian also has two separate outstanding warrants.
Matthew Pilavjian


FARMINGTON — A Farmington man with three warrants out for his arrest was recently accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend and stealing her vehicle. 

Matthew Pilavjian, 25, was charged on May 30 in Farmington Magistrate Court on accusations of felony robbery, aggravated stalking and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

He also faces a misdemeanor battery charge, according to court records. 

A warrant was issued on these charges with a $100,000 cash-only bond, according to court documents.

Pilavjian also has two outstanding warrants on a felony non-residential burglary charge filed on May 1.

He was on probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge on April 25, according to court records and documents.

In the most recent charges, he is accused of fighting with the victim's mother and stealing the victim's Buick Regal after an alleged domestic violence incident, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Farmington police were dispatched at 9:32 a.m. on May 30 to the home of the victim's mother on Browning Parkway.

Pilavjian allegedly attempted to stop the victim from getting her two daughters — a three-year-old and an eight-month-old – into her mother's house. 

Pilavjian is the father of the eight-month-old girl.

The victim told police she has an active restraining order against Pilavjian but he still shows up at her Farmington home.

Pilavjian allegedly tried to grab the infant out of the victim's hands as she knocked on the door of her mother's house, according to court documents. 

The mother opened the door and allegedly pushed Pilavjian away from the victim, allowing her to put the eight-month-old girl into the home. 

While the victim was in the house, Pilavjian allegedly struggled with the victim's mother as she tried to get the three-year-old out of the car. 

The officer observed scratches on the mother's left knee, left wrist area and left upper chest area, according to court documents. 

After the victim's mother got the three-year-old child in the house, Pilavjian allegedly took the victim's keys from her mother's hand and drove off in the Buick. 

While the victim was being interviewed by police, Pilavjian called her phone and briefly spoke with an officer, according to court documents. 

He told the officer he was fighting with the victim when the victim's mother attacked him, and he was defending himself. 

Anyone with information is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at 505-334-6622 or San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477.

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