Suspect accused of pointing handgun at 3 employees

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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of pointing a handgun at three employees of a Farmington hotel and firing multiple shots into the air.

Leo Samora, 23, is accused of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of shooting at or from a motor vehicle and negligent use of a deadly weapon (intoxication), according to court records.

Theresa Walker, Samora's public defender, did not respond to requests for comment.

Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched around 1:51 a.m. Sunday to the Brentwood Inn and Garden at 600 E. Broadway Ave. on a report of shots fired, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

A bartender told police a man later identified as Samora pointed a handgun at him and two other employees from a red pickup truck in the hotel's parking lot.

Samora is accused of firing five to six shots in the air before the pickup truck left the parking lot heading westbound on Broadway Avenue.

The employees told police Samora was on the dance floor of the hotel bar when security told him to leave because the bar was closing. He allegedly started arguing with the staff as a man he was with tried to get him to leave.

The two males left the hotel and got in a red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on the west side of the parking lot, according to court documents. The employees were walking through the parking lot to see if all the customers had left when the alleged incident occurred.

Five shell casings were recovered from the scene.

Samora was arrested Monday at his Farmington residence, according to San Juan County Sheriff's Office Detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln.

Samora made his first appearance Tuesday morning in Farmington Magistrate Court and was assigned a $20,000 cash at 10 percent bond by Judge Rena Scott, according to court records. He was released later that day from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center after the bond was posted.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

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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