Courtesy of San Juan County Adult Detention Center
Courtesy of San Juan County Adult Detention Center (null)


FARMINGTON — A fugitive wanted for allegedly robbing a gas station in Fruitland was arrested at a hotel early Thursday morning.

Farmington police arrested Kyle Martinez, a 28-year-old Farmington man, on suspicion of robbing Giant gas station, 3890 U.S. Highway 64.

At 1 a.m. on June 15, Martinez allegedly pushed a store clerk at the gas station and stole $118 from the register, according to a news release from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

Martinez and a woman left in a silver car after the robbery. The woman met with police the day after the robbery and has not been charged with a crime, said Detective Lt. Cory Tanner.

A warrant was issued for Martinez's arrest, and deputies sought the public's help in locating him. Investigators also warned people stay away from Martinez because he has a violent felony history that includes a sexual assault.

Tanner said Martinez has felony convictions for armed robbery, burglary, sexual assault on a young girl and two convictions for battering a police officer.

At 1:30 a.m. Thursday, police responded to Motel 6, 1600 Bloomfield Blvd., on a report of shots fired, said Farmington police Lt. Taft Tracy. Witnesses at the scene reported they saw a man run into a hotel room.

Police were unable to find evidence of shooting at the motel, but they executed a search warrant at a motel room and found three people inside, Tracy said.

One of the men in the room was Martinez.

Farmington police arrested Martinez on suspicion of robbery, as well as of concealing identity and disorderly conduct.

Ryan Boetel covers crime and San Juan County for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and Follow him @rboetel on Twitter.