Suspects allegedly tried to break into wrong residence


FARMINGTON — A man shot in the arm with an arrow from a compound bow during an alleged criminal trespassing incident last week is also accused of an attempted aggravated burglary.

Eric Tillerson, 38, and Jared Jacquez, 41, are accused of four charges, including a third-degree felony count of attempted aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and a fourth-degree felony count of breaking and entering, according to court documents.

Jacquez and Tillerson are accused of attempting to break into a residence in the 600 block of Leighton Avenue in Farmington on the morning of May 30.

Tillerson did not have legal representation today and was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a no-bond hold. A warrant has been issued for Jacquez's arrest.

Tillerson was taken into custody on the afternoon of May 30 after he fled the ICU at the San Juan Regional Medical Center, according to court documents.

He was arrested around 3:12 p.m. that day when a deputy for the San Juan County Sheriff's Office found Tillerson hiding in the area of County Road 5018 near Bloomfield, according to detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln of the Sheriff's Office.

In a separate case, Tillerson is accused of trespassing and shooting a dog with a pellet gun at a residence near Bloomfield around 10 p.m. on May 29, according to a San Juan County Sheriff's Office press release.

The dog's owner shot Tillerson in the arm with a compound bow as Tillerson allegedly advanced toward him with the pellet gun.

The affidavit for the attempted aggravated burglary case stated Tillerson was taken to the hospital for surgery and fled the ICU.

In the alleged burglary case, a woman called dispatch around 9:45 a.m. May 29 reporting individuals were attempting to kick in the front door of her home in the 600 block of Leighton Avenue in Farmington, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

She was at work and was watching the two males later identified as Tillerson and Jacquez on her home doorbell camera system.

An officer was shown the video by the victim.

The video showed Tillerson and Jacquez attempting to force the door open by ramming and removing the screen door, according to court documents.

Jacquez is accused of carrying a handgun in his back, left pocket during the alleged incident.

Neighbors told police the two men left the residence and fled the scene in a small, white pickup truck.

After Tillerson was arrested, he spoke to Farmington police detectives. Tillerson told the detectives he had been drinking with Jacquez and that Jacquez wanted to confront people he believed were responsible for his brother's death.

When told by police the victim did not know who Tillerson or Jacquez was, Tillerson responded the people they were looking for must have lived next door.

The San Juan County District Attorney's Office on Friday filed a motion to hold Tillerson at the county jail pending trial.

The motion cited his convictions for robbery, aggravated battery and attempted residential burglary, and stated prosecutors believe Tillerson is a flight risk because he allegedly fled the ICU.

A hearing regarding the motion is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Friday in Aztec District Court.

Tillerson's preliminary hearing in the attempted aggravated battery case is set for 8:30 a.m. on June 13 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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