Men arrested on armed robbery charges
Dionsanio Neal is accused of robbing a Farmington Walgreens
- David Carter is accused of robbing a man of his backpack at knifepoint.
- Bottles of alcohol were stolen in each robbery.
- Both men have a preliminary hearing scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court.
FARMINGTON — Two men in separate cases have been arrested and charged with armed robbery this week, with one of the men accused of robbing a Farmington Walgreens location.
Dionsanio Neal, 23, is accused of armed robbery, a second-degree felony, and petty misdemeanors charges for shoplifting and disorderly conduct, according to court records.
Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched around 5:30 p.m. on Monday to the Walgreens at 701 E. 20th St. on reports of an armed robbery, according to the probable cause statement.
An employee told police a man later identified as Neal entered the liquor area and started to shoplift bottles of alcohol, then stepped behind the employee and pulled out a knife. Two bottles of Fireball whiskey and a bottle of E&J brandy were taken.
Neal allegedly kept the knife pointed at the employee as he left the business, according to court documents. Officers reviewed the video surveillance to obtain a description of the suspect.
Neal was later arrested in the parking lot of a Giant gas station at 609 E. 20th St.
He was released on a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond Tuesday morning but was arrested again on Wednesday on a battery upon a police officer charge, according to court records.
Neal was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 cash/surety bond as of this afternoon. He did not have any legal representation listed, according to court records.
In the other case, David Carter, 47, is accused of armed robbery and a petty misdemeanor charge for assault for allegedly stealing a backpack at knifepoint on Tuesday afternoon, according to court documents.
Police were dispatched around 4 p.m. to the 1000 block of Glade Lane on a reported breaking-and-entering incident, according to the probable cause statement.
The victim and a witness told police Carter entered an apartment and started yelling at the victim, then pulled a knife on the victim, according to court documents.
Carter is also accused of taking a backpack as he left the apartment.
Police found a bottle of shampoo, a bottle of whiskey and an unopened bottle of soda in the backpack.
Carter told police he had no recollection of the alleged breaking and entering, stating he "confiscated" the backpack.
Carter previously had been arrested and charged with aggravated battery on June 16, but the charge was dismissed by the San Juan County District Attorney's Office on Aug. 16, according to court records.
He was being held without bond at the adult detention center as of this afternoon. Carter did not have any legal representation listed, according to court records.
Both men have a preliminary hearing 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.