DA's Office files motion to hold suspect without bond


FARMINGTON — A Durango, Colorado, man accused of using an online dating platform in an alleged armed robbery is facing a new set of charges for allegedly burglarizing a woman at gunpoint, stealing her vehicle and property.

Patrick Atencio, 20, is facing eight charges, including aggravated burglary, intimidation of a witness, vehicle theft and assault with intent to commit a violent felony, according to court records.

He is accused of entering a residence with a handgun, punching the alleged female victim in the face, and stealing her Ford Mustang and various property, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Atencio was charged in October along with Amanda Barela for allegedly robbing a Farmington man at gunpoint after Barela arranged a meeting with the victim on the Plenty of Fish online dating platform, according to The Daily Times archives.

Atencio did not have legal representation today.

Deputies for the San Juan County Sheriff's Office were dispatched around 11:59 a.m. on Nov. 4 to the area of County Road 5099 and U.S. Highway 64 west of Bloomfield regarding a woman who said her vehicle allegedly had been stolen by Atencio.

The alleged victim stated Atencio entered her residence armed with a black handgun accompanied by two other men, one armed with a "long gun" and another armed with a handgun.

The other two men identified in the affidavit are under investigation, according to Detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln of the Sheriff's Office.

Atencio allegedly threatened the alleged victim by putting the gun in her face and telling her "she needed to be taught respect."

She stated she attempted to shove Atencio away, but he responded by punching in the face with a closed fist.

Atencio and the males allegedly stole several items, including a Ruger 9mm handgun, car keys, a wallet with $500 to $700 in cash, two tablet computers, two cell phones, a credit and a debit card.

They also allegedly stole her 2000 Ford Mustang from her driveway. Atencio allegedly told the alleged victim if she called the police, she would regret it.

About 30 minutes later, the woman called dispatch to report the incident.

Deputies canvassed the area and were unable to locate Atencio. They later received an anonymous tip about Atencio's possible location at a residence on County Road 3693.

The stolen white Mustang was observed in the driveway of the residence, according to the affidavit. An unidentified woman told deputies Atencio had arrived a couple of minutes earlier and gone inside.

A search warrant was obtained around 4:15 p.m. for the residence, and multiple items from the alleged victim's residence were recovered.

Atencio later was interviewed by a detective. He denied having a handgun during the alleged incident and told the detective another male punched the alleged victim in the face, but he admitted to taking the vehicle.

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

The motion cites the armed robbery and aggravated battery cases, along with two pending cases in Aztec District Court for alleged forgery and receiving stolen property.

The hearing on the motion is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Tuesday in Aztec District Court.  

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for the morning of Nov. 15 in Aztec 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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