Lukacema Yazzie is accused of four counts of battery and assault on a police officer



FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of four counts of battery and assault on a police officer, along with facing charges of child abuse, resisting arrest and criminal damage to property.

Lukacema Yazzie, 31, is accused of eight charges after being arrested on Aug. 24 in Farmington, according to court records and documents.

The charges include two counts of felony battery on a peace officer, two misdemeanor counts of assault on a police officer, a third-degree felony count of child abuse and a misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property, according to the criminal complaint.

Yazzie did not have legal representation as of this afternoon, according to court records. He made his first appearance in front of Magistrate Judge Rena Scott Monday morning.

Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched around 4 a.m. on Aug. 24 to an apartment complex in the 300 block of East 28th Street on reports of a man breaking and entering, according to the probable cause statement.

The victim told police Yazzie was throwing rocks at her apartment window, and two of the rocks broke her window. The glass fell into the apartment and nearly landed in her child's bed, according to court documents.

Yazzie also is accused of shattering the back window of the victim's vehicle.

When officers arrived at the scene, Yazzie fled, but he was taken into custody later.

He is also accused of resisting arrest while being placed in the back of a patrol vehicle.

While in the back seat of the vehicle, Yazzie allegedly kicked an officer in the chest and attempted to head butt another officer by throwing his head and upper body backward, according to court documents.

One of the officers later stated that Yazzie spit on him, and it landed on his face, near his mouth and ear, according to court documents.

While Yazzie was being escorted out of the patrol vehicle into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center, he allegedly grabbed the pants of a correctional officer. A restraint chair was used to transport Yazzie into the jail.

Yazzie already had a warrant out for his arrest in a case in which he pleaded no contest to four misdemeanor charges, including driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, according to court records.

A probation violation hearing on that case is set for Sept. 12 in Aztec Magistrate Court.

Yazzie was incarcerated at the county jail as of this afternoon on a no-bond hold.

A preliminary hearing on his latest case is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 6 in Farmington Magistrate Court.

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

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