One suspect accused of two counts of child abuse, aggravated battery

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FARMINGTON — Two Nageezi men were arrested after one of them allegedly chased two juvenile males near a Bloomfield park while armed with a knife.

Larry Wilson, 40, is accused of two third-degree felony counts of abuse of a child and two fourth-degree felony counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Albert Armstrong, 60, is accused of three charges, including a third-degree felony count of aggravated assault upon a peace officer, according to court documents.

Wilson is accused of chasing two youths near Bishop Park in Bloomfield while holding a knife. Armstrong is accused of refusing to comply with an officer's orders while the officer responded to a report of an armed subject, according to court documents.

Tyson Quail, one of Armstrong's attorneys, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Bloomfield Police Department officers were dispatched around 6:21 p.m. on May 19 to Bishop Square Park near the intersection of North First Street and West Broadway Avenue on reports of an armed subject with a knife, according to the probable cause statements for Wilson and Armstrong.

The first officer on scene ordered three men to show their hands and get on the ground.

Two of the men, including Wilson, complied. A third man later identified as Armstrong is accused of not responding to commands and walking away from the scene.  

The officer started to follow Armstrong as the suspect walked away.

Armstrong allegedly turned around and started walking toward the officer with his hands in his pockets.

The officer told Armstrong he would fire his stun gun at Armstrong if he did not get on the ground.

Fearing the man might be armed with a deadly weapon, the officer fired his stun gun at Armstrong, but it did not incapacitate him, according to court documents.

Armstrong was taken to the ground by the officer as another officer arrived on scene and Armstrong was taken into custody. A knife was not found on Armstrong, only an open bottle of mouthwash.

Later on, one of the officers spoke to one of the juvenile males.

The child told police Wilson had chased him and another juvenile male around with a knife

The children were riding their bikes around the parking lot of a nearby church when Wilson allegedly started yelling at them to come over to the park.

Wilson then allegedly started to charge toward the two juveniles with a knife while they were riding along a sidewalk, according to the probable cause statement.

A knife was later recovered on the northwest side of the gazebo in the park.

Wilson posted a $100 cash bond and was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center. Armstrong remains incarcerated at the county jail on a $3,000 cash at 10 percent bond.

Wilson's preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. on Wednesday and Armstrong's on 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday in Aztec 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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