Alleged victim held suspect at gunpoint until police arrived


FARMINGTON — A Nageezi man accused of aggravated burglary was held at gunpoint by the alleged victim until Farmington police arrived on the scene.

Tom Padilla, 24, is accused of a second-degree felony count of aggravated burglary, along with misdemeanor counts of use or possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting an officer, according to court records.

He is accused of barging into a room at the Motel 6 in Farmington, striking a man in the head and attempting to steal luggage, according to the probable cause statement.

Padilla did not have legal representation today and was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 cash at 10 percent or surety bond.

Farmington Police Department officers were dispatched around 4:08 p.m. on July 5 to the Motel 6 at 1600 Bloomfield Highway on a report of a burglary.

The victim was pointing a handgun at Padilla while the suspect was on his hands and knees when officers arrived at the scene. The handgun was lowered by the victim at the request of an officer.

Padilla then exited the room by walking on his hands and knees. He allegedly ignored police commands and started to stand up and reach his hands toward his waist.

An officer held onto Padilla as he allegedly attempted to tense his muscles and pull away from the officer. Padilla was secured by an officer, and handcuffs were placed on the suspect. A metal pipe was found in one of Padilla's pants pockets.

The victim told police Padilla had approached him outside his motel room and started talking to him before Padilla pushed his way into the room.

Padilla allegedly grabbed the victim by the neck and started striking the back of the victim's head.

The victim told police Padilla then attempted to grab his luggage, and he responded by grabbing a handgun and pointing it at Padilla.

Padilla had an warrant issued for his arrest after failing to appear at a June 5 hearing for six traffic-related charges, according to court records.

His preliminary hearing is set for the morning of July 18 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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