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Farmington man accused of attacking gas station employees
Gerald Pena accused of knocking male victim unconscious
FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of attacking two former coworkers at a Farmington gas station after the suspect quit his job an hour earlier.
Gerald Pena, 25, was charged on April 11 with two third-degree felony counts of aggravated battery (great bodily harm), according to the criminal complaint.
Pena is accused of attacking a former male and female coworker at a Farmington gas station in the early morning of April 11, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Jack Fortner, Pena's attorney, said his client overreacted in a physical way, and added Pena is sorry and is remorseful about the alleged incident.
Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched around 3:16 a.m. to the Giant gas station at 4110 E. Main St. near the intersection of East 30th Street and East Main Street, according to the affidavit.
A male employee was found at the scene bleeding heavily from a gash on the right side of his head and was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center for treatment.
A female employee told police she was working with Pena and that he quit his job after getting into an argument with her regarding his work ethic. Pena allegedly told the female employee he was going leave and return to the store with a woman and beat her up, according to court documents.
Georgette Allen, Farmington Police Department spokesperson, said the female suspect is still under investigation and has not been charged.
Pena allegedly left the store and returned with the female suspect about an hour later, and they attacked the male and female employee, the affidavit states.
The officer reviewed the video security footage of the store. Pena and the female suspect allegedly entered the store around 3:13 a.m.
The female suspect allegedly punched the female employee multiple times in the face. As the male employee turned to help his coworker, Pena allegedly punched him in the back of the head.
Pena allegedly punched the male employee multiple times, causing the man to fall to the ground.
Once the male victim was on the ground, Pena allegedly kicked him twice in the head, then stomped on his head, according to court documents.
The officer observed it appeared the male employee lost consciousness after Pena allegedly stomped on his head.
Pena then allegedly grabbed the hair of the female employee and threw her to the ground and punched her once.
The female suspect allegedly continued to punch the female employee while the victim was on the ground.
Before leaving in a black SUV, Pena allegedly threw "a hammer fist striking (female employee) in the head," according to the affidavit.
Pena's first appearance in Farmington Magistrate Court was May 8. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on May 30.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.