The suspect has six pending cases in magistrate and district courts


FARMINGTON — A Colorado man with multiple pending cases in San Juan County courts faces a second armed robbery charge for allegedly robbing a Farmington woman at gunpoint at her residence last month.

Patrick Atencio, 20, of Durango, Colorado was charged Nov. 9 with a second-degree felony count of armed robbery, according to court records.

He is accused of robbing a Farmington woman at her residence in the early morning hours of Oct. 28 and taking items, including her laptop computer, purse and prescription medication, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Shellie Patscheck, Atencio's contract public defender, said she is waiting to see and review all the evidence in the case.

Atencio has six pending cases in county magistrate and district courts with a total of 20 charges, according to court records.

Those charges include armed robbery, aggravated burglary, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, tampering with evidence and aggravated assault, according to court documents.

He was charged in October and accused of robbing a Farmington man at gunpoint after co-suspect Amanda Barela arranged a meeting with the alleged victim using the Plenty of Fish online dating platform, according to the Daily Times archives.

The alleged victim in the most recent armed robbery spoke to an officer for the Farmington Police Department on the morning of Oct. 28 at her residence along the 400 block of East 18th Street.

She told the officer a man later identified as Atencio and a man not charged in the case were hanging out at her residence on the evening of Oct. 27, then left.

Atencio allegedly showed up to the front door of her residence with two men around 1 a.m. on Oct. 28 and knocked on her door.

The alleged victim opened the door and Atencio allegedly pointed a gun at her face then stated if she screamed, she would be killed, according to court documents.

The documents state that the men ransacked the woman's residence and took her purse, her laptop computer, her cell phone, prescription medication and clothing.

Keys to the woman's residence and vehicle were also taken.

She told the officer the men said that if she called the police she would regret it.

The alleged victim's mother contacted Farmington police on Nov. 8, stating her daughter identified Atencio as the suspect after seeing a photo of Atencio, according to court documents.

Atencio's preliminary hearing was set for this afternoon in Farmington Magistrate Court.

He is being held without bond pending trial at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at

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