Dollar Store armed robbery suspect accused of fleeing Aztec police
DA's Office files motion to hold suspect without bond
FARMINGTON — A Colorado man accused of armed robbery and vehicle theft faces new charges for allegedly fleeing Aztec police officers.
Cody Dimuccio, 30, of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, faces five new charges, including aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle and concealing identity, according to court records.
Dimuccio is accused of fleeing officers for the Aztec Police Department on Oct. 27 while driving a stolen vehicle, along with speeding and concealing his identity, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
He is the suspect arrested in connection to the alleged armed robbery of a Family Store store at 909a Farmington Ave. in Farmington on Nov. 2 and the theft of a BMW passenger car from Great Buy Auto Sales at 942 E. Main St., according to The Daily Times archives.
Dimuccio was taken into custody after he crashed the stolen vehicle into a Farmington police patrol vehicle around 12:17 p.m. on Nov. 2 near the intersection of West Maple Street and South Auburn Avenue.
The new charges filed on Nov. 6 stem from an Oct. 27 traffic stop in Aztec, according to court documents.
An Aztec Police Department officer spotted a gray passenger vehicle driving southbound on Main Avenue at what appeared to be a high rate of speed. The officer conducted a traffic stop at Aztec Wells at 900 S. Main Ave.
The male driver later identified as Dimuccio gave the officer a fake name and date of birth. Dispatch advised the officer the check on the license plate he requested had come back as a stolen vehicle out of Colorado. The officer then attempted to open the driver-side door handle of the vehicle and pull Dimuccio out, but the door was locked. Dimuccio allegedly smiled at the officer, then drove south on Main Avenue.
Officers attempted to pursue the vehicle but discontinued the pursuit because Dimuccio allegedly was driving recklessly, weaving in and out of traffic.
It was on Nov. 2 that Aztec police learned the male involved in the Oct. 27 incident was Dimuccio after he was involved in the alleged armed robbery in Farmington.
The San Juan County District Attorney's Office filed a motion to hold Dimuccio without bond pending trial.
The motion cites the new case and the armed robbery/vehicle theft case, along with three warrants out of Colorado and one out of Kentucky for pending charges. Dimuccio is wanted out of Louisville, Kentucky, on a destroying evidence charge along with three Colorado warrants for vehicle theft, a failure to appear on a weapon charge and a traffic offense.
He has a 2010 conviction for residential burglary and theft in Cook County, Illinois, according to the motion.
The prosecution wrote Dimuccio has fled police two times in which he reached speeds in excess of 70 mph in residential areas of Farmington. The motion also states Dimuccio told police he was on his way to California to purchase drugs.
A hearing on the motion is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday in Aztec District Court.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.