Thermoin Ray Tahy
Thermoin Ray Tahy (Courtesy of San Juan County Adult Detention Center)

FARMINGTON — A 35-year-old man was accused last week of threatening another man with a knife near the intersection of East Animus Street and South Orchard Avenue.

Thermoin R. Tahy was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, drug paraphernalia possession, battery, and possession of marijuana, first offense.

According to the police report, Farmington police officers were dispatched at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, after receiving reports of a fight in progress at 101 W. Animas St.

Multiple subjects were at the scene and detained by police. Employees from a nearby building said they watched from the window as Tahy threatened another man, later identified as Donovan Begay, with a knife.

One witness said he heard Tahy say "I'll (expletive) cut you," to Begay.

A third man, Charles Turner, intervened in the fight before it escalated. Turner told police in the report that Tahy was bullying people in the park and punched Begay in the face twice before pulling out the knife.

Tahy told police he was hit in the head with a piece of wood by somebody before the incident, but an officer noted in the complaint that he had no wounds to indicate an assault had taken place.

Tahy also told an officer he had consumed a half pint of vodka earlier that day.

Tahy was transported to the San Juan Detention Center, where a search of his person turned up a plastic bag containing less than a gram of marijuana, the report states.

Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a fourth-degree felony and carries a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and $5,000 in fines.

According to court records, Tahy is expected to appear at a preliminary examination on Wednesday.

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