Farmington man accused of stealing vehicle, fleeing police

Steve Garrison The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — A 32-year-old Farmington man was accused last week of stealing a pickup truck and fleeing from police.

Timmy Serrano was charged Aug. 31 in Farmington Magistrate Court with vehicle theft, second offense, firearm theft, possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting an officer.

Serrano was previously convicted in November 2010 of vehicle theft and felony vandalism, according to court records.

Serrano's attorney, Stephen Wayne, did not respond to a request for comment.

Farmington police were dispatched at about 2 p.m. Aug. 28 after receiving reports that a vehicle previously reported stolen was found by its owner parked outside a residence at 3904 Crestridge Drive, according to court records.

Joseph Vigil told police he was running errands with his wife when he spotted the vehicle, which he believed was stolen from his brother-in-law, Corey Pruitt, records state.

Pruitt joined Vigil outside the Crestridge residence and used a remote control to lock and unlock the truck several times, according to the records.

He told officers the truck had been stolen from his residence that morning. He said a .45-caliber pistol was in the vehicle when it was stolen.

While Vigil was on the phone with emergency dispatchers, he saw a man and woman enter the truck and leave the residence, according to the records.

Pruitt and Vigil followed the truck and provided updates to police about their location. The couple eventually abandoned the truck near the intersection of Zuni and East 20th streets and fled on foot, the records state.

Police established a perimeter and searched the neighborhood, according to records. A backpack containing the firearm and a methamphetamine pipe was found by police in an alleyway, the records state.

Serrano was found in the backyard of a residence on Carlton Avenue and placed under arrest, records state. The woman was not located, according to records.

Serrano told detectives the truck belonged to a friend, and he did not know it was stolen. He claimed he and his friend abandoned the truck because they feared they were being followed, the records state.

He claimed not to now his friend's last name, contact information or current whereabouts, according to the records.

San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said a preliminary examination hearing scheduled to take place Wednesday was delayed.

Serrano was released from custody on his own recognizance and ordered to appear at a new hearing scheduled for Sept. 23.

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.