Suspect accused of two separate batteries on May 7, 14

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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of two counts of aggravated battery for attacking his brother two separate times with the brother's wooden cane.

Gerald Tewangoitewa, 25, is accused of two third-degree felony counts of aggravated battery (use of a deadly weapon) in two separate cases, according to court records.

The two charges were filed on May 15 and 16, according to the arrest warrant affidavit and the probable cause statement.

Tewangoitewa is accused of striking his brother on May 7 and May 14 with the brother's wooden cane, causing injuries to his head and arms, according to court documents.

Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched around 11:11 p.m. on May 7 to a residence on the 2900 block of East 18th Street on reports of two brothers fighting, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

When police asked if he got in a fight with his brother, Tewangoitewa denied that.

The victim told police Tewangoitewa started arguing with him after he asked Tewangoitewa to leave his room. Tewangoitewa then allegedly picked up the victim's cane and struck him in head twice with it.

The officers observed a large bump on top of the victim's head and a bump on the left side of his forehead.

Tewangoitewa later told police the victim fell on the stairs on the porch, and then changed his story, stating the victim was hitting him with the cane.

Tewangoitewa allegedly changed his story again and told police nothing happened, according to court documents.

The second alleged incident took place around 9:55 p.m. on May 14 when Farmington police were dispatched to the same residence on the 2900 block of East 18th Street on reports of a domestic fight, according to the probable cause statement.

The victim was observed with blood on his shirt along with lacerations and bumps on both sides of his head and both of his arms.

He also had blood running down both sides of his face and head, according to court documents.

The victim told police Tewangoitewa started fighting with him while he was sitting in the back of a truck bed.

He added both him and Tewangoitewa where both drinking that night.

The victim requires the use of a cane to walk, according to the affidavit. 

Tewangoitewa told police the victim had fallen on the outside steps leading to the front door, then changed his story, stating the victim hit himself in the head with this cane.

Medics arrived on scene and examined the victim before transporting him to San Juan Regional Medical Center. The officer observed what appeared to be blood in the bed of a white pickup truck, according to court documents.

Tewangoitewa is incarcerated at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a no-bond hold.

His preliminary hearings are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court.

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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