FARMINGTON — Police said two people who beat up an 18-year-old, stole his shoes and ran him over with a car were arrested early Monday.

Farmington police responded to Wal-Mart at 1400 W. Main St. in Farmington at 11:30 p.m. Sunday night because of a fight in the parking lot.

When officers responded to the grocery store, they saw a 1995 Ford Thunderbird hit a person who was standing on a median near Wal-Mart, Farmington police Lt. Taft Tracy said.

The crash sent Jacob Ensminjer, 18, airborne and flipped his feet above his head, according to the police report.

Ensminjer was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center. He was treated and released, Kathryn Pettijohn, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said. The driver and passenger fled from police after the crash but New Mexico state police officers stopped the vehicle in a nearby parking lot and arrested both men, Tracy said.

Jefferson Frank, a 28-year-old Shiprock man, was driving the vehicle, police said. He was arrested and charged with aggravated battery, aggravated DWI, driving a stolen motor vehicle, battery, failure to give and render aid and other offenses.

Sterling Benally, a 26-year-old from Kirtland, was the passenger. He was charged with robbery, battery and disorderly conduct.

The vehicle Frank was driving was reported stolen early Monday morning.

Prior to running Ensminjer over, police said Frank and Benally attacked him in the parking lot and stole his shoes.


The suspects were found with the victim's shoes in the car, according to police.

While the suspects were in custody, the arresting officer overheard them laughing about the crime, according to court documents.

"I overheard both subjects laughing and joking about how they hit Mr. Ensminjer with their car and how 'cool' it looked," Jason Wood, a Farmington police officer, wrote in his report.

Sunday evening's hit and run was the second violent crime that involved the Wal-Mart on West Main in recent days. On Sept. 22, police arrested Herbert Peterson, 49, at the Wal-Mart.

Police said he followed a woman home from the grocery store, climbed into her window while she slept and attempted to rape her.