Missing person

May 29, 2014

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FARMINGTON -- Farmington police are requesting the public's assistance in locating a missing person.

Nathan Yazzie was last seen on March 31. He is 23 years old, 6 feet tall, weighs approximately 170 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Police are asking anyone with information on Yazzie's whereabouts to contact the detective division at 505-599-1005.

Gallup man charged with assault after shots fired

GALLUP -- A Gallup man was charged Saturday with two counts of aggravated assault after he took shots in a Gallup restaurant.

Joseph Ignacio Toledo, 30, is also facing DWI charges in connection to an incident that occurred about 11:13 p.m. when police were told that shots were fired at Sammy C's restaurant on Coal Avenue.

A search of the area came up with Toledo, who was seen with his right hand under his T-shirt. When police called on him to hold his hands up, Toledo continued to walk toward the officer with his hand under his shirt.

He was warned several times while backup arrived. Police said at this time that they didn't know for sure if Toledo was armed or not. One officer then taxed him and he fell to the ground.

Two police officers then grabbed each of his arms and placed him in handcuffs and put him in a police unit.

There was some question as to whether there was another person involved but police said Toledo admitted doing the shooting and driving the car.

An interview with security guards at the restaurant revealed that the owner of the restaurant, Sammy Chioda, told them to escort a Native man and woman out of the restaurant.

They put the man in an arm lock and he became aggressive but finally got into a pickup truck. One of the guards said he called 911 to report a drunk driver when Toledo stopped his vehicle and backed up and pointed a gun at them.

Toledo told the guard with the phone, identified as Lionel Martinez, to drop it, at which time Martinez said he started running away and heard shots being fired. Martinez wasn't hit but Toledo did hit a GMC truck before he drove off .

Police said that Toledo fired five shots, three at Martinez and two at the other guard. No one was hurt in the incident.


Shiprock man pleads guilty to sexual assault

ALBUQUERQUE -- Vernon J. Atcitty, 28, who resides in Shiprock, pleaded guilty Friday in federal district court to an aggravated sexual assault charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Atcitty will be sentenced to eight years in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Atcitty will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.

Atcitty was arrested on Feb. 26 on a criminal complaint charging him with aggravated sexual abuse and subsequently was indicted on that same charge on March 11, 2014. According to court filings, Atcitty sexually assaulted a Navajo woman on Feb. 22, 2014, in Shiprock.

In entering his guilty plea, Atcitty admitted taking the victim to an abandoned house and refused to let her leave until he raped her. Atcitty admitted forcing the victim to succumb to his demands by punching and grabbing her and by telling her that he would not let her leave the abandoned house.

Atcitty has been in federal custody since his arrest and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

Farmington man admits to child molestation

FARMINGTON - On May 7, deputies with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a call of child molestation. The caller, a woman, provided deputies with information that 28-year-old Travis Silver of Farmington had been molesting a young female relative, according to a SJC Sheriff's Office news release.

Further investigation revealed that a 13-year-old girl had been having an ongoing sexual relationship with Silver since she was 12. Even younger children had been in frequent contact with Silver during the same time frame and forensic interviews were conducted with them as well. Two of the younger children disclosed Silver had also molested them. A third child disclosed he had seen Silver and the 13-year-old engaged in sex acts on a previous occasion.

Detectives obtained a warrant for Silver's arrest on the charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, a first-degree felony (two counts); criminal sexual contact of a minor, a second-degree felony (four counts); and criminal sexual penetration of a minor, a fourth-degree felony (two counts).

Detectives located Silver and conducted an interview with him. He admitted to committing sex acts against all the accusing children, and even gave a few accounts not previously disclosed. When asked how many times he had engaged in sex acts with the 13 year old, Silver compared the frequency to that of a newlywed couple.

Silver has an extensive criminal history of domestic violence and resisting arrest. He was booked into the San Juan county Detention Center on a $250,000 cash only bond.

"I am very proud of our officers and detectives, and the work they do to remove dangerous predators from the streets," said Sheriff Ken Christesen.

Thoreau man sentenced for assault

ALBUQUERQUE -- Aldo Jones, 31, who resides in Thoreau, N.M., was sentenced Friday in federal district court in Albuquerque to 70 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on two assault charges.

Jones also was ordered to pay $47,574.91 to the Indian Health Service to cover the costs of medical care for the victims and $80 to one of the two victims.

Aldo Jones and his brother Eddie Jones Jr. III, 23, also of Thoreau, were arrested in early August 2013, based on a criminal complaint charging them with assault charges arising out of an attack on a 21-year-old Navajo man in Crownpoint on July 28, 2013.

According to court filings, Aldo and Eddie Jones assaulted the victim for failing to pay a $50 debt. Aldo Jones repeatedly stabbed the victim in the head, upper back and right hand with a screwdriver, and both he and Eddie Jones pummeled the victim with their fists. The victim sustained a life-threatening injury to his head where his skull was punctured. He also sustained stab wounds to his upper back and right hand and a broken nose.

Aldo Jones and Eddie Jones subsequently were charged in a four-count indictment with assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault with a dangerous weapon arising from the assault on the 21-year-old victim. Aldo Jones also was charged with two assault charges arising out of an attack on a second victim on July 28, 2013, in Littlewater, N.M.

On Dec. 4, 2013, Aldo Jones pleaded guilty to two assault charges and admitted assaulting the two victims on July 28, 2013. He admitted assaulting the first victim at approximately 5 p.m. by stabbing him with a screwdriver. Aldo Jones also admitted stabbing the second victim with a knife approximately two hours later when the second victim confronted him about stabbing his cousin, the first victim.

On Dec. 5, 2013, Eddie Jones entered a guilty plea to assaulting the first victim. In his plea agreement, Eddie Jones admitted beating the victim who also was stabbed by Aldo Jones. At sentencing, Eddie Jones faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison for each assault charge. He remains in custody pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

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