Alleged suspect was found hiding near scene of suspected crime


FARMINGTON — A Shiprock man is accused of beating a male relative with a flashlight at a Farmington apartment complex.

Shay Tsosie, 28, is accused of a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to court documents.

He is accused of beating a male relative with a flashlight in the early morning of May 24 at the Mesa Village Apartments on 1750 E. Elm St. in Farmington, according to the probable cause statement.

Tsosie did not have legal representation today.

Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched around 2:20 a.m. on May 24 to the apartment complex on a report of a fight.

A female witness asked police arriving at the scene for an ambulance for a victim. The victim was covered in blood when he exited an apartment, according to court documents.

He was observed by police with multiple lacerations on his face, which was bleeding heavily. His nose also was sliced.

The victim would not tell police where the alleged incident occurred or who committed it.

An officer arriving on the scene contacted a male later identified as Tsosie who was found hiding behind a car near the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Southside River Road. Tsosie allegedly tried to walk away, but the officer stopped him and noticed he had blood on him. He was taken into custody.

A large flashlight with blood on it was found near the site where Tsosie was located by police, according to court documents.

The officer wrote in the probable cause statement that Tsosie appeared heavily intoxicated and could not give him a straight story about the alleged incident.

One male witness told police he had seen Tsosie on top of the victim in one of the apartments and that Tsosie was hitting the victim. The witness then grabbed Tsosie and pulled him off the victim.

An officer was shown photos of blood splatter on the blinds and walls of the apartment where the alleged incident took place. 

Tsosie was taken to the San Juan Regional Medical Center to be examined before he was incarcerated at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center. He was released on a $5,000 cash at 10 percent bond from the county jail.

Tsosie's preliminary hearing is 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

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