Arrests made in Regards to Armed Robbery of 67 year-old Female

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Date:  11/02/2013

 

San Juan County, NM - Deputies from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office obtained surveillance video of the parking lot at Wal-mart.  The video showed a white Montero driving around the parking lot. Then a female got out of the white Montero and approached a silver Dodge Ram truck on the driver’s side. She then walked around and got into the Dodge truck.

 

On October 31, 2013 detectives learned that a white, Montero had been listed as a “return vehicle to owner” in Farmington, NM. “On October 27th, dispatch received a call on this Montero reporting it as stolen,” explained Detective Connie Johnston. The owner of the Montero stated that she knew the individuals who took her vehicle. “She explained that when she tried to stop them from taking it one of them, a female, started hitting her in the face with her fists,” said Johnston.

 

 The owner of the Montero tried get back into the vehicle, but the doors were locked. The individuals then drove away in the Montero. “The owner walked from the area and flagged down a vehicle and asked them to call the police,” continued Johnston. The owner was able to identify 27 year-old Scott Thompson from Farmington NM as the man who took the Montero.

 

On 10/31/13, the Sheriff’s Office entered the vehicle into the NCIC system as stolen.  “The vehicle was a white, 2004 Mitsubishi Montero, sport utility,” said Johnston. It was stopped by law enforcement on November 1, 2013.   Three occupants were in the vehicle at the time it was stopped, they were all detained and taken to the SJC Sheriff’s Office for interviews.

 

“Through interviews we were able to determine that these same individuals were together the evening of October 30th, in the Wal-Mart parking lot,” explained Johnston. “It seems at least one of them had the idea to rob someone in order to ‘get money’.”

 

 While in the Wal-Mart parking lot, they did attempt to make contact for a ride from an unknown person in the parking lot, but that person drove away.  “They then saw the 67 year-old woman and they followed her to her truck,” said Johnston.  Lesheena Jacquez, age 27 from Kirtland NM, made contact with the 67 year-old victim and got into her truck for a ride.  “Once they left the parking lot Thompson and 19 year-old Ashlyn Benally (Farmington NM) followed them in the white Montero.”

 

 The truck went up to NM371 and turned off the highway, and Thompson pulled in behind it.   That is when Jacquez began beating the woman. “Thompson informed us that after the beating, they drove away from the area and threw their phones out of the window,” said Johnston. “Then they drove to the 7 to 11 on Murray and purchased $4 in fuel with the stolen credit card.”

 

Benally admitted to being on-scene, and informed deputies that she stayed in the Montero during the beating.  ”She also admitted to being the individual who hit the owner of the Montero in the face several times when they took it,” said Johnston.

 

Jacquez informed deputies that she did not remember anything about the Wal-Mart incident or beating up the elderly female. “She did say that she remembered being picked up by Thomson on the Bluffs and that she remembered the evening they stole the Montero, but little else,” explained Johnston.

 

 “As a result of our investigation and the statements of Jacquez, Thompson and Benallly, we did arrest them,” said Johnston. “Thompson and Jacquez were taken into custody immediately, warrants were then drawn up for additional charges for both of them as well as Benally.”

 

 On November 1, 2013, Thompson and Jacquez were both transported to the SJC Detention Center.  Thompson was booked for driving on a suspended/revoked license with the arrest clause, resisting/obstructing an officer, open container, possession of drug paraphernalia (meth pipe) and receiving stolen property.  Jacquez was booked for; two outstanding warrants and resisting.  

 

 Additional warrants were obtained later that evening for all three (Thompson, Benally and Jacquez).  They were each charged as follows: 

 

Lesheena JacquezAshlynn Benally

  •        Armed robbery, a second degree felony
  •      Robbery, a 3rd degree felony,
  •        Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, a 3rd degree felony,
  •      Unlawful taking of a vehicle or motor vehicle (1st offense), a 4th degree felony,
  •       Tampering with Evidence (highest crime committed is a capital, 1st or 2nd degree felony), a 3rd degree felony,
  •      Aggravated Battery, use of deadly weapon, a 3rd degree felony and
  •      Battery, a petty misdemeanor.

  

Scott Thompson    Scott Thompson

  •     Armed robbery, a second degree felony,
  •    Robbery, a 3rd degree felony,
  •     Conspiracy to commit Armed Robbery, a 3rd degree felony,
  •      Unlawful taking of a vehicle or motor vehicle (1st offense),  a 4th degree felony,
  •    Tampering with Evidence (highest crime committed is a capital, 1st or 2nd degree felony), a 3rd degree felony,
  •    Fraudulent use of a credit card (receipt of property – $250 or less), a petty misdemeanor, and
  •     Intimidation of a witness (intimidating or threatening to prevent reporting, a 3rd degree felony. 

 

 

Ashlyn Benally   Lesheena Jacquez

  •      Robbery, 3rd degree felony,
  •       Accessory to Armed Robbery, a 2nd degree felony,
  •      Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, a 3rd degree felony,
  •       Unlawful taking of a vehicle or motor vehicle (1st offense), a 4th degree felony,
  •       Tampering with Evidence (highest crime committed is a capital, 1st or 2nd degree felony),  a 3rd degree felony,
  •        Battery, a petty misdemeanor, and
  •       Fraudulent use of a credit card (receipt of property – $250 or less), 2 counts, a petty misdemeanor.

 

 

 

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