Officers used pepper spray, baton to take suspect into custody

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FARMINGTON — Two men have been arrested in connection with an alleged fight in Farmington, with one of the suspects also allegedly resisting arrest, biting a Farmington officer and burglarizing a residence.

Stanton Lee, 33, faces nine charges, including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, residential burglary and four counts of battery on a peace officer, according to court records.

Theresa Walker, Lee's public defender, could not be reached for comment today.

Lee is accused of stabbing a man, then later entering a residence and stealing a sack of potatoes, along with battering four law enforcement and jail officers, according to the probable cause statement.

Officers were dispatched around 3:18 p.m. July 7 to the Dollar Tree store at 501 E. Broadway Ave. on a report of three men fighting with weapons.

Lee and Al Griego, 37, allegedly were involved in a fight with a male victim, according to Farmington police spokesperson Georgette Allen.

Griego allegedly was swinging a dog leash at the victim, then Lee allegedly pulled a knife from his pocket and stabbed the victim in the right, lower back, according to Allen.

Griego and Lee both left the area, and the victim was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center. His wounds were not life threatening, according to Allen.

Officers later observed Griego at an apartment complex at the intersection of North Wagner Avenue and East Animas Street, where he was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Allen said.

Griego did not have legal representation today and was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center per court order.

Lee was spotted walking toward the apartment complex with a sack of potatoes and asked police why Griego was being taken into custody, according to court documents.

Lee told police he knew what had happened but then allegedly refused to cooperate and refused to give a statement about the alleged incident.

A male approached an officer who was leaving the scene and told the officer Lee had entered his residence and stolen a sack of potatoes from him. The two men started to argue, and Lee started to walk back to his residence as an officer ordered him to stop, according to court documents. Lee allegedly resisted arrest by trying to shut a door from inside the residence.

As officers attempted to take Lee into custody, Lee allegedly slammed the door on an Farmington officer's hand and shoulder, and made contact with another Farmington officer using his hands and chest, according to court documents.

The officers used pepper spray and struck Lee with a baton to get him into custody.

When Lee was transported to the county jail, he allegedly bit a jail officer on the left thigh and spat at another officer.

A glass pipe allegedly was found in one of Lee's pant pockets. It was believed to contain burned residue from alleged marijuana.

Lee was being held without bond today at the county jail. His preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday morning 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 jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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