Bloomfield man linked to alleged rape by DNA
Alleged crime occurred in October 2016
- Anthony Lee, 40, is accused of criminal sexual penetration in the second degree and residential burglary.
- Lee is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at her Farmington residence and burglarizing her apartment.
- Lee was released on his own recognizance following his first appearance in Farmington Magistrate Court.
FARMINGTON — A Bloomfield man has been charged with raping a Farmington woman and burglarizing her residence after his DNA was linked to the case.
Anthony Lee, 40, is accused of criminal sexual penetration in the second degree and residential burglary, according to court records.
Lee is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at her Farmington residence and burglarizing her apartment on or around Oct. 8, 2016, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
The suspect did not have legal representation this morning.
The alleged victim spoke to a Farmington police detective on Oct. 14, 2016, and stated that on the night of Oct. 8, 2016, she had been at her apartment with a female friend when the friend called a male friends of hers on the phone and invited him to the apartment.
She described him as a black man, later identified as Anthony, and said he was drinking a bottle of Bud Light.
The victim said she asked her friend and Lee to leave when Lee allegedly put his hand on her legs. She said her friend and Lee became upset, but finally left after Lee put the bottle of beer in his bag.
After they left, the victim said she took her medication and went to bed fully clothed. When she woke up the next morning, she was naked and in the fetal position. She had several injuries, including wrist pain, tenderness in her arms and throat pain.
The victim noticed her cell phone was missing, and her apartment was in disarray. All of her medication was gone, her refrigerator door was open and papers were all over the floor.
A men's ring was found in her bed, and a bottle of beer was found on the floor of the bedroom.
She traveled to the Mercy Regional Hospital in Durango, Colorado, for an examination.
During an interview with a Farmington police detective six days later, she told the detective she suspected Lee of entering her residence after she had gone to sleep, but she did not know how he had gotten in.
The alleged victim's female friend was interviewed on April 13 at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on an unrelated charge.
She told the detective Lee and the alleged victim had been dropped off at the victim's residence on the night of the alleged incident. She told police she had been drinking at another residence that night and that she had not been at the alleged victim's apartment.
The victim spoke to the woman the next day, stating Lee "tried to do stuff to her" and stole items from her residence.
The affidavit details how the sexual assault kit was processed.
On Aug. 8, 2017, a lab report was provided to the detective stating that a foreign unknown male's DNA profile had been found.
The detective got a letter on Sept. 7, 2017, informing him the Combined DNA Index System got a match of Lee in the New Mexico DNA Identification System, according to court documents.
Lee denied knowing the victim or the female witness during a Sept. 14, 2017, interview with police.
Lee did provide a swab of his DNA and stated he had never had sex with the victim.
The detective was notified on Nov. 16, 2017, that Lee's DNA was found on one of the DNA swabs provided by the victim, according to the affidavit.
Lee was released on his own recognizance following his first appearance in Farmington Magistrate Court on Monday.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for the morning of Oct. 3.
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