Farmington man arrested on armed robbery, battery charges
Warrant was issued for suspect's arrest on Monday
- Timothy Jaramillo's girlfriend entered the victim's vehicle after appearing to be in distress.
- Jaramillo allegedly jumped in the back seat of the vehicle and demanded a ride to a casino.
- His first appearance in magistrate court is set for Thursday morning.
FARMINGTON — A Farmington man was arrested Tuesday and accused of armed robbery and aggravated battery in September where he allegedly punched a man with brass knuckles and stole his vehicle.
Timothy Jaramillo, 29, is charged with a second-degree felony count of armed robbery, a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery and a fourth-degree felony count of receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, according to a Farmington Police Department press release.
The alleged incident took place on Sept. 16 at the Bubble City Truck Stop at 3125 Bloomfield Highway.
The male victim was driving in the area of Southside River Road and South Hutton Road when he spotted a woman identified as Jaramillo's girlfriend crying and appearing to be in distress, according to the press release. A man later identified as Jaramillo stood next to her.
The driver of the vehicle pulled up to check on the woman, and she sat on the front passenger seat of the vehicle.
Jaramillo is accused of entering the back seat of the victim's vehicle and demanding to be driven to SunRay Park & Casino.
The victim drove the vehicle to the parking lot of Bubble City and stopped the vehicle.
Jaramillo is accused of grabbing the victim and punching him in the face multiple times with a pair of brass knuckles, according to the press release. The victim exited the vehicle and went inside the car wash to call police as Jaramillo and his girlfriend allegedly stole the victim's vehicle.
Medics transported the victim to the San Juan Regional Medical Center with injuries including bruising and lacerations to his face.
Farmington detectives were able to identify Jaramillo as the alleged suspect, and a warrant was issued for his arrest on Monday, according to the press release.
The woman identified as Jaramillo's girlfriend is not being charged in the case, according to Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen.
Detectives determined there was no criminal activity on her part, Allen said.
Jaramillo was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center this afternoon on a no-bond hold. His first appearance in Farmington Magistrate Court is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
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