AZTEC — The fourth suspect in a woman's kidnapping and beating was arrested in Farmington by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service, who had partnered to track the suspect.

Detectives are still trying to identify two additional men who are believed to have played a role in the crime, Beth Utley, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, said.

Jeremiah Harriott, a 34-year-old Farmington man, was arrested Sept. 7 at Mesa Village Apartments in Farmington.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Harriott on Aug. 21, according to court documents.

The sheriff's office and U.S. Marshals collaborated to find and arrest Harriott, Utley said.

Harriott was one of six people who allegedly kidnapped and attacked Jessica Evenson, a Bayfield, Colo. woman.

The sheriff's office said Aztec residents Joshua Watts and Schanda Stansbury lured Evenson from SunRay Park and Casino in Watts' car on Aug. 12.

Watts drove her to a isolated, hilly area near County Road 5512 where Stansbury, Watts, Harriott, Vincent Montoya and possibly additional suspects brutally beat her, according to court documents.

Police believe Harriott kicked Evenson is the face during the attack.

Evenson needed surgery to repair her broken jaw and had bruises on her body. She spent a night alone outside with little clothing as she hid from the suspects after the attack, according to court documents.

Watts, Stansbury and Montoya have already been arrested and charged with kidnapping, a first-degree felony, armed robbery and other felony charges.


In interviews with detectives after their arrests on Aug. 16, Watts and Stansbury said they set up Evenson for the attack because she had helped steal $35,000 and marijuana from someone in Ignacio, Colo. who is close to Montoya, according to court documents.

Evenson denied any knowledge of the theft, sheriff's office Lt. Cory Tanner previously said.

"We do not have any information indicating the victim was involved in any theft prior to this incident," Utley said in an email.

Watts, Montoya and Stansbury have had preliminary hearings and their cases are pending in district court.

At the time of the crime, Montoya had been released from jail on bail for his part in Anthony Jacquez's homicide. Montoya was charged with tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence in the homicide case.

Harriott has applied for a public defender and is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Sept. 27, according to court documents.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call San Juan County Sheriff's Detective Katie Macsalka at 505-334-6107, or Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477, if they wish to remain anonymous.