Man accused of pointing handgun at three people

Steven Schmidt accused of three counts of aggravated assault with deadly weapon

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times
  • Steven Schmidt is also facing a tampering with evidence charge for allegedly disposing of a handgun.
  • Schmidt allegedly accused one of the victims of stealing a rim for a bicycle that was owed to him.
  • He waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning.
Steven Schmidt

FARMINGTON — A Farmington man accused of pointing a handgun at multiple people last month has waived his preliminary hearing, moving the case into district court.

Steven Schmidt, 56, was charged in Farmington Magistrate Court with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a charge of tampering with evidence, according to court records.

He had not secured legal representation as of this afternoon and waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning. The case was bound over to district court.

Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched around 5:30 p.m. on June 28 to the 1800 block of North Knudsen Avenue on reports of a man allegedly pointing a handgun at another man, law enforcement officials wrote in the probable cause statement. 

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Schmidt was not at the residence when officers arrived, and one of the victims told them he left in a light tan-and-maroon pickup truck.

Two men and a woman interviewed by police said Schmidt had pointed a silver handgun at them before he left the residence.

Schmidt allegedly entered the residence with the gun in his hand, pointed it at one of the male victims and accused the male of stealing a bicycle rim, according to court documents.

When another man entered the room, Schmidt then allegedly pointed the handgun at the other man. The second man then left the room and called the police.

The man who Schmidt originally pointed the handgun at then grabbed a wooden baseball bat and argued with Schmidt before striking Schmidt's left arm with the bat, according to court documents.

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Schmidt then proceeded to leave the residence through the backyard.

As Schmidt exited the residence, he allegedly pointed the handgun at a female in the backyard as he left the property.

When detectives caught up with Schmidt during a traffic stop in an alley off Francis Avenue, they observed Schmidt placing a "dark object" in a trash bin, according to court documents. Officers recovered a handgun from the trash bin and took Schmidt into custody.

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He told police he was "baited" into the situation and didn't remember much of the encounter.

Schmidt was released on a $5,000 unsecured appearance bond Wednesday.

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