San Juan County, NM - On November 20th 2013, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested Stephen Freeman for chasing and ramming his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle in the Flora Vista area as he tried to force her off the road. (Previous press release is attached to the end of this one.) Approximately one week after this incident, Freeman bonded out of jail on those charges. During his bonding process he signed and acknowledged his conditions of release, which clearly stated he was to have no contact with the victim in the case.
Roughly a month later Freeman began contacting the victim, 43 year-old Patricia Moore. “He told her he would end his life if she did not dismiss the charges against him,” explained SJC Detectives Lieutenant Cory Tanner. “ He also began sending text messages to Moore and her parents. These messages ranged from loving in nature, to violent rants.”
On February 11, 2014 detectives secured an arrest warrant against Freeman on the charge of Aggravated Stalking, a 4th degree felony. SJC Deputy Robert Tallman then began attempts to locate Freeman on the stalking warrant. “I was assigned to this case because Freeman is a convicted sex offender from a 2003 conviction for Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor.” said Tallman who oversees the Sex Offender Registration and Tracking Unit for the Sheriff’s Office .
“I went to the place of employment Freeman had given during his sex offender registration process just a month prior,” continued Tallman. “I learned the information was false and Freeman had not been employed there for approximately three months.” As a result, Tallman secured an additional warrant against Freeman for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, a 4th degree felony.
On the evening of February 14, 2014, SJC Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Ashburn made contact with a vehicle driving suspiciously the area of McGee Park (Farmington, NM). Freeman was inside the vehicle when Ashburn pulled it over.
“Freeman resisted arrest and was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia,” explained Tanner. He was arrested and booked into the San Juan County Detention Center on both warrants. He was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and other traffic related charges. Freeman is currently being held on a collective $180,000 bond.
“The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is committed to enforcing the sex offender laws because the community counts on us to keep track of these convicted felons,” said Tallman. ” Citizens can access the sex offender website by visiting www.sjcso.com and clicking on the ‘Sex Offender Search’ button at the bottom of the page.”
PRIOR PRESS RELEASE: 11/21/2013
Deputies Arrest Man for Ramming Ex and Kids With Truck
On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at approximately 2150 hours, San Juan County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to attempt to intercept one vehicle ramming another near the intersection of New Mexico Hwy 516 and County Road 350. Deputies responded to the area and located a red, 80’s model GMC truck actively chasing a smaller Ford truck. The driver of the GMC, later identified as 52 year-old Stephen Freeman of Farmington, was pulled over and detained without incident.
Subsequent investigation revealed the driver of the Ford truck was Freeman’s ex-girlfriend, 43 year-old Patricia Moore of Farmington, NM. Freeman had been at Moore’s house, doing a repair, when he began acting oddly. Moore suspected drug usage and asked him to leave. A short time later Moore prepared to leave the residence with three juvenile family members ranging from ages 13 to 14 years-old. As they left, Freeman came speeding down the road and attempted to block them in the driveway. Moore was able to get around Freeman’s vehicle, and he began chasing her, attempting to force her off the road. Moore and the children claimed that Freeman rammed their vehicle twice from behind during his attempts to force Moore off the highway. Freeman denied the ramming allegations, saying he was just trying to get Moore to pull over.
“We were able to locate fresh, corresponding paint transfer and damage to both vehicles, supporting Moore and the children’s version of events,” said Deputy Aeschlimann. Freeman was arrested and booked into the San Juan County Detention Center on the charges of Aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon, Aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, Abuse of a child (placing a child in a dangerous situation) and Reckless driving. His bond was set at $100,000.