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FARMINGTON — A Farmington women is accused of breaking two windows on a woman's vehicle with a machete, along with grabbing the woman by the throat and choking her.

Ashlee Setzer, 26, is accused of a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery along with fourth-degree felony counts of criminal damage to property and breaking and entering, according to court records.

Setzer is accused of battering her ex-girlfriend, breaking two windows on the alleged victim's SUV and breaking into the vehicle, according to the probable cause statement.

She was not assigned a public defender Friday.

Farmington Police Department officers were advised around 9 a.m. on Feb. 21 of a female driving a blue SUV who appeared to be upset and crying.

An officer observed the vehicle in a dirt lot near the 400 block of South Miller Avenue.

The alleged victim was outside on the driver's side of the vehicle. A woman later identified as Setzer was on the passenger's side of the vehicle.

The alleged incident occurred at the Farmington Inn at 510 Scott Avenue, according to court documents.

The alleged victim told the officer Setzer broke two windows on the driver's side of the vehicle with a machete while she was inside the vehicle.

Setzer then allegedly got inside the vehicle through the front driver's side window and refused to exit the vehicle, according to court documents.

At one point, Setzer allegedly grabbed the victim's throat "really hard" and started to choke her, according to court documents. The alleged victim then bit Setzer's hand in response.

The alleged victim told the officer she then drove to a business on the 400 block of South Miller Avenue because a relative worked there.

Officers responding to the call later located a group of people that were possibly with Setzer.

They had the machete and stated they found it near the Farmington Inn after they heard an argument but denied witnessing the alleged incident.

Setzer has four misdemeanor convictions, including three for battery of a household member and one for attempted battery upon a health care worker, according to court records.

She is being held on a $3,000 cash or surety bond at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Her 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 jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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