Suspect faces three new felony charges in two separate cases

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FARMINGTON — New charges have been filed against an Aztec man accused of entering a home and battering a man less than 24 hours after he was sentenced to five years of probation.

Two sets of criminal charges were filed against Robert Walker, 24, on Wednesday for allegedly intimidating a witness and allegedly having a stolen firearm in a vehicle he was driving, according to court documents.

Walker was charged on Oct. 25 with a second-degree felony count of aggravated burglary.

The criminal complaint was amended on Thursday to include a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery, according to court records.

Ruth Baldwin, Walker's attorney on the aggravated burglary case, could not be reached for comment.

Walker did not have legal representation on the two new sets of charges, according to court records.

Dustin O'Brien, San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney, said the district attorney's office amended the criminal complaint to add the aggravated battery charge because there was evidence the victim suffered great bodily harm

Walker is accused of entering a residence on County Road 4865 with an unidentified Hispanic male on Oct. 25 and battering a male victim, according to court documents.

The victim had injuries including a fractured skull and several contusions and lacerations on his face.

Walker was sentenced to five years of supervised probation during an Oct. 24 hearing in Aztec District Court.

The new charges stem from alleged incidents following Walker's arrest.

He is accused of a fourth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property after a stolen handgun was found in the SUV Walker was driving before he was arrested at Bloomfield Municipal Court on Oct. 25, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The vehicle was not registered in Walker's name.

During the investigation by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, a search warrant was executed on the SUV for the firearm and to obtain DNA evidence.

The firearm's owner was contacted, who told detectives the handgun has been missing for about two months.

In a separate case, Walker is accused of a third-degree felony count of intimidation of a witness and a fourth-degree felony count of conspiracy to commit intimidation of a witness, according to the criminal complaint.

He is accused of telling a female witness in the aggravated burglary case to not testify at the preliminary hearing that was scheduled for Nov. 2, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Per a court order, Walker is being held without bond at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

The woman not charged in the case allegedly visited the residence of the witness and gave the witness a phone to speak to Walker, the affidavit states.

Walker is also accused of telling the witness to tell law enforcement she identified the wrong guy, according to court documents.

He waived his Nov. 2 preliminary hearing and the case has been bound over to district court.

The preliminary hearing on Walker's two recent criminal cases is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Thursday in Farmington Magistrate Court.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the aggravated burglary case and is seeking information on the unidentified Hispanic male spotted by a witness leaving the scene with Walker, according to Detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln.

Anyone with information about the aggravated burglary is encouraged to call nonemergency dispatch at 505-334-6622 or call San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives tip line at 505-333-7878.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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