Flora Vista man faces new set of charges

The Daily Times staff
Ronnie James


FARMINGTON — A Flora Vista man faces a new set of charges for allegedly breaking into and taking a vehicle from an auto dealership in Farmington.

Ronnie James, 43, was charged Tuesday in Farmington Magistrate Court with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault with a firearm, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and criminal damage to property, according to a Farmington police press release.

The release states officers were dispatched at approximately 9:47 p.m. on Oct. 26 to the 4 States Auto Center, 809 E. Main St., on reports of a man armed with a gun.

After arriving to the location, officers found a broken window on the east side of the building, and the reporting party told police he had returned to the business after running errands and saw James exiting the back door.

The individual told police that James pointed a gun at him and verbally threatened him.

The release states James was holding a bank bag that contained the keys to vehicles on the property. James left the business in a yellow Mustang, which belonged to the dealership, before police arrived, according to the release.

James and the vehicle were located this month by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

Farmington police detectives interviewed James on Nov. 22 about the Oct. 26 incident and obtained an arrest warrant on Tuesday.

The warrant was served to James at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center, where he has been incarcerated since Nov. 15 on a no-bond hold for previous charges.