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Farmington man accused of robbery, kidnapping woman
Suspect is being held with no bond pending trial
FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of kidnapping and robbing a woman who claims he attempted to rape her and threatened her life.
William Bamfield, 34, is accused of a first-degree felony count of kidnapping, a third-degree felony count of robbery and a fourth-degree felony count of criminal sexual conduct, according to court documents.
Stephen Wayne, Bamfield's public defender, did not respond to requests for comment Friday.
Bamfield has one case pending in Aztec District Court for alleged receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, according to court records.
Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched around 12:58 p.m. on Sept. 21 to the 3800 block of Highland View Drive on a report of a woman stating she had just escaped from her kidnapper, according to the probable cause statement.
The victim gave a clothing and vehicle description of Bamfield to police. He later was detained at a traffic stop at an apartment complex at 3802 English Drive.
Bamfield and the victim told different versions of the alleged incident to police.
The victim told police she was walking toward a Dollar Tree store when the van Bamfield was driving pulled up to where she was walking. Bamfield allegedly exited the vehicle, approached the victim and ask if she wanted a ride.
The victim told him no, and he allegedly grabbed her from behind, telling her not to scream or he would kill her. Bamfield allegedly forced her into the front-passenger seat of the van and drove away with her.
He is accused of driving her to a residence in the area of Murray Drive and ordering her out of the vehicle, threatening her if she ran.
Inside the residence, Bamfield allegedly told the victim he wanted to have sex with her, but she refused. The victim told police Bamfield attempted to have her perform oral sex on him, but he stopped because she was crying.
The victim allegedly was told by Bamfield not to leave his residence until he finished watching a film. She told police she was at the residence for a couple of hours before they left to go to the home of one of Bamfield's friends.
Once the van arrived at the residence, she exited the vehicle and ran away. The victim told police Bamfield had taken her cellular phone and $70 in cash from her.
A female witness at the scene told police the victim told her she had been kidnapped, and then the victim ran to a nearby residence.
When he was stopped by police, Bamfield was ordered to remove a knife stored on his hip and leave it in the van's front passenger seat.
Bamfield told police he had driven up to the alleged victim and asked her if she needed a ride, and she said yes.
He said he drove them to a residence in the area of Animas Valley Mall, adding she did not want to get out of the vehicle when they arrived at his destination. He said he went inside the residence, and when he returned to the vehicle, the woman was gone.
Bamfield was being held Friday at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a no-bond hold pending trial.
District Judge John Dean Jr. ruled in favor of the San Juan County District Attorney's Office motion for pretrial detention during a hearing Thursday in Aztec District Court.
Bamfield's 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.