Colorado man arrestedin companion’s murder |

Colorado man arrestedin companion’s murder

Daily Staff Report

FARMINGTON, N.M. – A Colorado man is facing an open count of murder in the death of a woman at Navajo Lake State Park.Jonathan Hunt, 54, of Ignacio was arrested Wednesday, said San Juan County sheriff’s Lt. Tyler Truby. He was being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond.The sheriff’s office alleged the man killed his female companion, Patricia Pacheco, 56, also of Ignacio, then tried to attack another female camper.According to sheriff’s reports, witnesses from a campsite said the second woman, who was with a group from Durango, had been sleeping in the back of a car when she was woken up by Hunt, who told her “everyone around her was dead.”Hunt pulled on her sleeping bag, but she let it slip over her body, opened another car door and got out, yelling, according to the reports. Her screams caught the attention of her male companions, who ran to her aid.Hunt then allegedly told the men he was tough, and “did not mean to kill her” before running away.The campers chased him and found Pacheco’s body, the reports said.Hunt allegedly came out again and challenged the men to a fight. One of them hit Hunt in the head with a stick, then they then tied Hunt’s hands with a rope and held him until deputies and park rangers arrived, the reports said.Authorities say Pacheco apparently sustained trauma resulting from blows to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.Hunt also was charged with aggravated assault with intent to commit a violent felony, battery and two counts of aggravated assault, Truby said.The state Office of the Medical Investigator will made a determination on the exact cause of death for Pacheco, the sheriff’s office said.

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