Farmington man accused of kidnapping, raping woman

William Thompson accused of first-degree felony kidnapping and criminal sexual penetration

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times
William Thompson


FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of pulling a knife on a woman, kidnapping her by forcing her into his recreation vehicle and raping her. 

William Thompson, 47, was charged June 9 in Farmington Magistrate Court with first-degree felony kidnapping and criminal sexual penetration (armed with a deadly weapon), a second-degree felony, according to court records. 

Thompson has no legal representation, according to court records.

Farmington Police Department officers were dispatched around 12:35 a.m. on April 29 to the intersection of McCormick School Road and East Murray Driver on a report of a female who claimed she was kidnapped and raped, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The woman was interviewed by police after being transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center to have a sexual assault examination performed. 

She told police she was drinking wine with a friend at the friend's home when Thompson showed up.

He agreed to take the woman to the Texas-New Mexico state line, and she got in his van with him, according to court documents.

The two drove to his RV in the Mom and Pop RV Park at 901 Illinois Ave., where Thompson allegedly pulled a knife out and held it to the woman's throat, according to court documents.

The woman accuses Thompson of holding her at knifepoint and directing her to enter the RV. 

Thompson then allegedly pushed the woman onto the bed, held her face into the mattress and raped her, the affidavit states. 

After Thompson laid down on the bed and fell asleep, the woman told police she grabbed her belongings and ran out of the RV.

Thompson was taken into custody and interviewed by detectives at the Farmington Police Department. 

He told police the woman was looking for a place to stay for the night and that he and the woman had "sexual contact," according to court documents.

When the detective told Thompson the woman accused him of rape, he asked police if they were serious, the affidavit states. 

Thompson then signed waivers for police to search his van and RV, according to court documents.

He was in custody at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center this morning on a $50,000 surety bond.

A preliminary hearing for Thompson is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court.

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