Orlando Garcia
Orlando Garcia (Courtesy of San Juan County Sheriff's Office)

FARMINGTON — Two San Juan County men were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary after they broke into a man's home and threatened him with a knife and gun on Saturday afternoon, according to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

Rusty Betts, a 31-year-old Farmington man, and Orlando Garcia, a 29-year-old Aztec man, were arrested at 3:40 p.m. on Saturday when police stopped their vehicle near the entrance to Jackson Lake on U.S. Highway 170.

The two men had allegedly broken into a man's home on County Road 6070 in Kirtland at 3 p.m. on Saturday and threatened to "slit his throat and shoot him," Sgt. Devon Dollar said in a news release.

Rusty Betts
Rusty Betts (Courtesy of San Juan County Sheriff's Office)

Betts and Garcia didn’t steal anything from the victim’s house, said Beth Ultey, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

The victim, whose name was not released, was able to identify Garcia as one of his attackers, and he gave police a description of the pickup truck the two men were driving, Dollar said.

Garcia was a relative of the victim's girlfriend, and there had been a recent argument between Garcia and the victim, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

When Betts and Garcia were arrested, there was an 8-year-old boy in the car, according to the sheriff's office.

Betts and Garcia were charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, tampering with a motor vehicle and criminal damage to property.



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