Farmington bank robber allegedly took $3,300 in cash, went shopping
Suspect bought a bus ticket to Albuquerque
FARMINGTON — The man accused of robbing a bank earlier this month took about $3,300 in cash and stopped at a Farmington electronics store following the robbery.
Justin Watchman, 26, of Farmington, is facing one count of bank robbery in federal court, according to court documents.
Watchman allegedly robbed the First Convenience Bank inside the Walmart located at 4600 E. Main St. on Aug. 17.
Wayne Baker, Watchman's attorney, could not be reached for comment.
The criminal complaint filed in federal court and the probable cause statement filed in Farmington Magistrate Court shows what Watchman did before and after the alleged robbery.
Documents say Watchman handed a note to the bank teller which stated "I'm Christopher, I need $5,000 or else nobody will get hurt," according to the criminal complaint.
He then told the teller "This is for my daughter."
The bank teller gave Watchman $3,316 and Watchman left the bank.
Before the robbery, Watchman entered the Walmart and spoke to someone described as a man who had known Watchman since they were children.
The witness helped investigators identify Watchman.
The suspect allegedly purchased various items from the Best Buy at 3520 E. Main St. following the robbery, including a Nintendo Switch video game console, according to the criminal complaint.
As part of the investigation, authorities discovered Watchman had purchased a bus ticket to Albuquerque.
It was around 12:35 p.m. when Watchman entered the Navajo Trading Post at 126 E. Main St. through its rear entrance and was taken into custody by Farmington Police Department officers.
Cash was found in Watchman's front, left pants pocket and inside of a large rolling duffel bag. He claimed the money was from a withdrawal at a local bank.
During an interview at the FBI office in Farmington, Watchman was read his Miranda warning and stated he wanted a lawyer.
Watchman made his first appearance in front of Federal Magistrate Judge Paul Briones on Aug. 22, according to court documents.
Watchman waived his preliminary hearing on Friday and he was remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.