Man accused of rape, threatening victim with machete

Gilbert Oldfield faces aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal sexual penetration charges

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times
  • A woman has accused Oldfield of raping her at his home on May 26.
  • Oldfield was released on a $40,000 surety bond on May 27.
  • A preliminary hearing for Oldfield is scheduled for June 15 in Aztec Magistrate Court.
Gilbert Oldfield

FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is facing multiple charges on accusations he raped a woman in his home after he threatened to harm her with a machete.

Gilbert Oldfield, 60, was charged on May 30 with a count of criminal sexual penetration in the second degree while armed with deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated assault and a count of false imprisonment, according to court records.

Deputies for the San Juan County Sheriff's Office were dispatched at 10:49 p.m. on May 26 to a home on County Road 3939.

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That was in response to a woman claiming she had been sexually assaulted by a man before running to a nearby residence to get help, according to court documents.

Before the alleged victim was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center, she told deputies Oldfield allegedly held her against her will, injected her with methamphetamine and raped her.

Christian Hatfield, Oldfield's attorney, said there is no merit to the allegations by the alleged victim.

The woman told detectives Oldfield tried to take off her pants while she was in his bedroom, and she "swatted" at him and told him no, according to the affidavit.

He responded by allegedly slapping her in the face, then grabbing a "large black machete" and threatening to slit her throat if she didn't have sex with him.

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Oldfield allegedly tied the woman's hands together with a zip tie and raped her, according to court documents.

Afterward, Oldfield answered a call on his phone, and the woman ran past him out of the house. He allegedly pointed a gun at her while she ran away, according to court documents.

The woman told police she had spent the day with Oldfield before they ended up at his home.

She said she approached him at the Safeway grocery store at 730 W. Main St. in Farmington and asked him to purchase food for her. The woman told police he agreed, and he offered her a place to stay at his home.

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After they got in his vehicle, Oldfield allegedly offered her methamphetamine they smoked together, according to court documents.

At one point, Oldfield allegedly pulled a black revolver on the woman and locked the doors so she could not exit the vehicle.

Hatfield said he plans to introduce video evidence during Oldfield's preliminary hearing that shows the woman was not under duress and that his client did not have a gun.

Oldfield's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 15 in Aztec Magistrate Court.

He was released on May 27 from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $40,000 surety bond.

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