Suspects were wanted on outstanding felony warrants

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FARMINGTON — A U.S. marshal suffered injuries after a vehicle struck him and ran over his left leg as authorities attempted to take a Farmington couple into custody earlier this week.

In connection with that incident, Joshua Saiz, 41, faces five counts, including aggravated battery and assault on an officer, aggravated fleeing of an officer, and receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, according to court documents.

Nakrista Saiz, 31, is facing six charges, including three counts of aggravated battery on an officer and aggravated assault on an officer, according to court documents.

The husband and wife are accused of ramming a vehicle occupied by a San Juan County Sheriff's Office detective and a Deputy U.S. Marshal, then striking the marshal with the vehicle and running over his left leg, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Both made their first appearance in Aztec Magistrate Court Friday morning and did not have legal representation.

The alleged incident took place Monday in an area east of Farmington as local law enforcement officials and a Deputy U.S. Marshal were attempting to arrest the couple on outstanding felony warrants, according to court documents.

Joshua has four pending cases in Aztec District Court that include 15 charges. His charges include vehicle theft, possession of a controlled substance and bribery of a witness.

Nakrista has two probation violations and is an alleged out-of-state fugitive, according to the affidavit.

The marshal was transported from the scene to the San Juan Regional Medical Center after the incident. He was diagnosed with injuries including internal damage to his left knee, a sprained left ankle and numerous scratches on his left arm and leg, according to court documents. He was treated and released that day, according to San Juan County Sheriff's Office detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln.

Nakrista was identified as the driver of the vehicle, and Joshua allegedly was in the passenger seat.

Law enforcement officials had received information about the couple's possible location and surveilled a residence east of Farmington.

Three occupants entered a vehicle and left the residence. A male passenger not charged in the case exited the vehicle as officers attempted to make a traffic stop.

One of the patrol vehicles turned onto a county road and observed the suspects' vehicle approaching them. The suspects' vehicle initially slowed down before speeding up and allegedly ramming the front of the vehicle.

The Sheriff's Office detective and the marshal exited their vehicle with guns drawn and ordered the suspects to stop and exit the vehicle. Nakrista then allegedly drove toward the detective and the marshal, hitting the marshal. The detective jumped out of the way to avoid being hit by the vehicle.

The detective went to the driver's side of the vehicle, opened the door and ordered Nakrista to not move. Joshua allegedly exited the vehicle and attempted to flee the scene. He later was taken into custody.

The vehicle had been reported to the Farmington Police Department as stolen.

Preliminary hearings in Aztec Magistrate Court for the husband and wife are set for Thursday morning.

The San Juan County District Attorney's Office filed a motion to hold the couple without bond pending trial.

The hearing on the motion is set for Tuesday in Aztec District Court.

The suspects were being held Friday at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a no-bond hold.

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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