Flora Vista man faces burglary, assault charges

Noel Lyn Smith
Farmington Daily Times
Kyle Baker

FARMINGTON — A Flora Vista man is accused of pulling a knife on two men while stealing a bag belonging to one of the men outside a West Main Street business.

Kyle Baker, 20, was charged in Farmington Magistrate Court on concealing identity, larceny for $250 or less, aggravated burglary and two counts of aggravated assault, according to court records.

He had a warrant for failure to appear in magistrate court for two unrelated charges, court records state.

The recent set of charges were filed after a Farmington police officer responded to a breaking and entering report on Aug. 10 at Casa Hermosa Furniture, 805 W. Main St., according to the probable cause statement.

Two men told the officer they saw Baker on the west side of the business carrying a black bag that belonged to one of the men.

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The owner of the bag told the officer it had tools inside that were valued up to $200 and it had been inside his vehicle, which was parked on the west side of the building.

The men said they confronted Baker about the item and when one of the men took away the bag, Baker pulled out a large knife from his waist then waved it.

The men said in the probable cause statement that Baker took a "fighting stance" and "growled" while waving the knife.

One of the men feared Baker would attack so he advised Baker to leave because the police were going to respond and Baker left the scene.

Officers later located Baker and another man in an alley south of Broadway Avenue.

Baker initially refused to provide his name and birth date to officers, but one officer recognized him from a separate offense.

A records check conducted by the officer revealed Baker had a warrant.

When speaking with officers, Baker refused to reveal his identity after being asked multiple times and was arrested for concealing identity.

During a search, an officer found a 12-inch knife and a cover made from duct tape.

Baker's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 23, according to court records. He remains in custody at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $16,500 cash or surety bond.

On July 23, Baker was charged with concealing identity and pedestrians on roadways, both petty misdemeanors, for walking in the inside lane of N.M. Highway 516 in Flora Vista and for providing false information about his identity to law enforcement.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.