Farmington man charged with kidnapping, attempted rape

Steve Garrison
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — A 21-year-old Farmington man was charged earlier this month with attempting to rape a female relative while high on a hallucinogenic substance.

Bryant Kunkel was charged Aug. 6 in Farmington Magistrate Court with kidnapping as a second-degree felony, attempted criminal sexual penetration as a second-degree felony, drug paraphernalia possession, marijuana possession and petty misdemeanor battery.

Kunkel is being held at San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $41,000 bond, according to court records.

His court-appointed attorney, Ruth Wheeler, declined to comment.

Farmington police officers were dispatched at 2:39 a.m. Aug. 5 to a residence in northeast Farmington after receiving reports of an attempted rape, according to the probable cause statement.

At the residence, police met with Kunkel's grandmother, who said her grandson was in his room and in possession of several firearms.

Kunkel was found in the bedroom naked and mumbling to himself, according to the statement.

Kunkel was placed in handcuffs without incident, but outside the residence began flailing around on the ground and screaming, court records state.

Kunkel told paramedics enroute to San Juan Regional Medical Center that he took "acid," slang for LSD, and smoked marijuana, according to the statement.

However, Kunkel's grandmother later told police Kunkel said he "took too much salt."

Bath salts is a slang term for a synthetic drug that mimics the effects of both methamphetamine and MDMA, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Kunkel's female relative told detectives that Kunkel had entered the room where she was sleeping earlier that morning, undressed and tried to rape her.

She said Kunkel pinned her hands to the bed and attempted to take her shorts off, court records state.

She was eventually able to break free from his grasp and escaped the room, according to the statement.

She awoke two male relatives in the house who alerted police, according to the statement.

Kunkel told police at the hospital that he had no recollection of what occurred at the residence.

Kunkel has no prior criminal history in New Mexico, according to court records.

Kunkel is expected to appear at a preliminary examination hearing Sept. 2.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.