Farmington man in custody following incident

Farmington, N.M. –  A Farmington man is in custody following an incident where an officer was struck by a vehicle the man was driving. Ladarius Tinhorn is charged with aggravated DUI, aggravated battery on a peace officer, and several other charges surrounding the incident. 

Around 11:05 p.m. on June 23, 2022, a Farmington police officer attempted to pull over the vehicle Tinhorn was driving near the 1000 block of Sullivan Avenue. Tinhorn fled from the officer into a small neighborhood that led to a dead-end road. The officer stepped out of his car and repeatedly told Tinhorn to stop. Tinhorn accelerated in the officer’s direction, nearly pinning him against his vehicle and causing minor injuries to the officer. The officer fired, and Tinhorn fled in the car. Detectives located the vehicle near 11th Street and Tucker Avenue with Tinhorn and a 17-year-old male passenger inside, uninjured. Paramedics treated the officer for minor injuries on scene.

The incident remains under investigation, and further information will be provided as it becomes available. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, the primary investigating agency as part of the SJCROISTF, at 505-334-6107.

The San Juan County Regional Officer Involved Shooting Task Force is comprised of investigators from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, and the Farmington, Aztec, and Bloomfield Police Departments. The task force works in a coordinated effort to thoroughly investigate officer involved shootings of San Juan County law enforcement agencies.

Farmington police investigate death

Farmington, N.M. – The Farmington Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding a body found on the west side of the city.

On June 13, 2022, around 8:08 p.m., officers responded to a report of a man in the water near the 2900 block of La Habra Street. Officers found the body of a deceased man near a bypass bridge along a canal. Detectives are investigating the death, and the man’s identity won’t be released until next of kin can be notified. 

The situation remains under investigation, and further details will be released as they become available. Anyone with information regarding the investigation is encouraged to call the FPD tip line at 505-599-1068.

Farmington police release footage from officer involved shooting

Farmington, N.M. – Today, the Farmington Police Department released video of the officer involved shooting on April 9 near the intersection of Yucca Avenue and Sage Drive. Chief Steve Hebbe released the following statement about the incident, “As I’ve said before about previous incidents, we’re aware that an officer involved shooting is a significant and emotional event for the community, the police department, and the friends and family of everyone involved.”

On April 9, around 4:50 pm, officers observed Thompson sitting inside a vehicle in a parking lot near the 1700 block of East 20th Street. Thompson was known to officers to be armed and was wanted for several felony charges, including four counts of child abuse for an incident on March 26. When officers attempted to contact him, he got out of the vehicle and ran southbound across 20th Street, carrying a firearm. Officers followed Thompson until he stopped on Yucca Avenue, near Sage Drive. Thompson refused to put the weapon down after several requests from the officers. He then moved the gun toward the officers, and two officers fired. Officers immediately rendered aid to him and called for paramedics. He was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries. There were no other injuries at the scene. The two officers are on administrative leave, which is the routine procedure of the Farmington Police Department.

The officers involved in the incident are Officer Ammon Roberts and Officer Andrew Standley. Officer Roberts joined FPD in 2018, and Officer Standley in 2019. 

No further information will be released on this incident until the San Juan County Regional Officer Involved Shooting Task Force has completed their investigation and the District Attorney’s Office has finalized its review.

The video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/z5iKBqSfSKg.

Farmington police investigate shooting

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington detectives are investigating a shooting over the weekend near the 1200 block of Randolph Avenue. 

Around 11:16 am, officers responded to reports of a shooting involving three men. Officers arrived on scene to find one man, later identified as 20-year-old Zachary Reid, with a gunshot wound. Paramedics transported Mr. Reid to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. Officers contacted one of the reporting parties, later identified as 26-year-old Darien Hoffman, and the third man involved in the altercation, 56-year-old Ellsworth “Scott” Reid. While investigating, detectives found that Scott and Zach Reid approached Hoffman as he returned home in his vehicle, and the men began arguing. The argument turned physical, and Hoffman attempted to drive away, injuring Scott Reid in the process. Zach Reid then approached Hoffman’s car resulting in shots being fired. Scott was later transported to SJRMC by paramedics and treated for his injuries.

The investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released when available. Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the FPD tip line at 505-599-1068.

Farmington police identify man in officer involved shooting

Farmington, N.M. – Today, Farmington police identified the man who was shot Saturday, April 9, as 21-year-old Charlie Thompson from Farmington.

On April 9, around 4:50 pm, officers observed Thompson sitting inside a vehicle in a parking lot near the 1700 block of East 20th Street. Thompson was known to officers to be armed and was wanted for several felony charges, including four counts of child abuse for an incident on March 26. When officers attempted to contact him, he got out of the vehicle and ran southbound across 20th Street, carrying a firearm. Officers followed Thompson until he stopped on Yucca Avenue, near Sage Drive. Thompson refused to put the weapon down after several requests from the officers. He then moved the gun toward the officers, and two officers fired. Officers immediately rendered aid to him and called for paramedics. He was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries. There were no other injuries at the scene. The two officers are on administrative leave, which is the routine procedure of the Farmington Police Department.

The incident remains under investigation, and further information will be provided as it becomes available. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, the primary investigating agency, at 505-334-6107.

The San Juan County Regional Officer Involved Shooting Task Force is comprised of investigators from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, and the Farmington, Aztec, and Bloomfield Police Departments. The task force works in a coordinated effort to thoroughly investigate officer involved shootings of San Juan County law enforcement agencies.

Farmington police shoot armed man

Farmington, N.M. – The San Juan County Regional Officer Involved Shooting Task Force is investigating a shooting of an armed man by Farmington officers.

Around 4:50 p.m. on April 9, officers observed a man sitting inside a vehicle in a parking lot near the 1700 block of East 20th Street. The man was known to officers to be armed and was wanted for several felony charges. When officers attempted to contact the man, he got out of the vehicle and ran southbound across 20th Street, carrying a firearm. Officers followed the subject until he stopped on Yucca Avenue, near Sage Drive. The man refused to put the weapon down after several requests from the officers. He then moved the gun toward the officers, and two officers fired. Officers immediately rendered aid to the man and called for paramedics. He was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries. There were no other injuries at the scene. The two officers are on administrative leave, which is the routine procedure of the Farmington Police Department.

The incident remains under investigation, and further information will be provided as it becomes available. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, the primary investigating agency, at 505-334-6107.

The San Juan County Regional Officer Involved Shooting Task Force is comprised of investigators from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, and the Farmington, Aztec, and Bloomfield Police Departments. The task force works in a coordinated effort to thoroughly investigate officer involved shootings of San Juan County law enforcement agencies.

Detectives charge man in Farmington woman’s death

Farmington, N.M. – The Farmington Police Department filed charges against 51-year-old Thomas Howard on March 31, 2022. Howard is charged with 2nd degree murder for the death of Farmington resident Roberta Baier.

On December 6, 2021, officers responded to the 2800 block of East 22nd Street to check on Ms. Baier after her friends reported not hearing from her in several days. After several failed attempts to contact her, officers entered her apartment, where the 65-year-old was found deceased. Ms. Baier’s death was deemed suspicious, and Farmington detectives began a homicide investigation. Detectives identified the suspect as Ms. Baier’s boyfriend, Thomas Howard, and through investigative efforts, detectives discovered he had fled to a suburb of Chicago, IL. With the assistance of the United States Marshal Service and Berwyn Police Department, Howard was arrested on an unrelated warrant on February 5, 2022, in Cicero, IL. FPD detectives traveled to Chicago to interview Howard and further investigate his involvement in Ms. Baier’s death. Howard is currently in custody in Cook County, IL, and is awaiting extradition back to New Mexico, where he faces the charges in connection with Ms. Baier’s homicide. 

The Farmington Police Department would like to thank the United States Marshal Service and Berwyn, IL Police Department for their assistance in this case. Anyone with information that may affect this case is encouraged to call the FPD tip line 505-599-1068.

Farmington police arrest man for distributing child sex abuse material

Clayton Carrillo

Farmington, N.M. – A man was arrested after a weeks-long investigation by Farmington detectives. The 20-year-old Farmington resident, Clayton Carrillo, was charged with possessing and distributing child sex abuse materials on March 23, 2022.

Weeks earlier, Farmington Police Department detectives were notified that someone was utilizing the app Discord to download and distribute child sex abuse material. After several hours of surveillance and a thorough investigation, detectives identified Carrillo as the suspect. Detectives interviewed Carrillo, searched his phone, and issued a warrant for his arrest on March 17. 
The case was brought as part of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force’s mission to locate, track, and capture internet child sexual predators on internet child pornographers in New Mexico.  Over 90 federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies are associated with the New Mexico ICAC Task Force, which is funded by an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) grant administered by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General.  Anyone with information relating to suspected child predators is encouraged to contact federal or local law enforcement or make an anonymous report through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, (http://www.missingkids.org/cybertipline) or by calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

Farmington police have one man in custody following a stabbing

Brandon Curley

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police arrested 29-year-old Farmington resident Brandon Curley today after a stabbing late Saturday night. 

At approximately 11 p.m. on February 26, 2022, Farmington officers responded to a report of a stabbing near the 2300 block of Loon Street. Upon arrival officers located a 36-year-old male with a stab wound to his back. The victim was immediately transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center and later pronounced deceased. Through investigation, detectives identified Curley as the suspect and obtained a warrant for 2nd-degree murder. Curley was taken into custody today by Farmington detectives.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time, and more information will be released when available. The victim’s identity is not being released right now to allow for family notifications. Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the FPD tip line at 505-599-1404.

Farmington crime stats show a decrease in violent and property crimes

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe presented crime statistics at the city council meeting earlier this week, showing an overall decrease in crime in the Farmington city limits. The data measures 20 different calls for service, ranging from homicides to shoplifting reports, from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2021.

At the Farmington City Council meeting on January 27, Chief Hebbe spoke about crime trends over the last five years and the data gathered by FPD. The statistics show a decrease in most of the data points measured, and they also show a reduction in the overall calls for service. The stats don’t reflect the decreased number of officers working for FPD, and Hebbe reports the number of officers employed by the department has been down for a year and a half.

“One thing that can have a significant impact on statistics is the number of officers you have. If you have more officers on patrol, they’re making more contacts and driving up your calls for service. If your numbers are lower, your calls for service are lower.” explained Chief Hebbe.

Chief Hebbe next spoke about the violent crime stats and the 20% decrease in the number of robberies reported. He mentioned FPD’s efforts to better support and coordinate with victims of crimes in the city’s street inebriate population over the last year. Hebbe expressed hope that the program is responsible for the impact on violent crimes within the city. 

“We’ve dedicated a victim advocate to primarily work with that community to keep them attached to the process so we do get convictions that we previously couldn’t,” the chief reported. 

The chief then discussed property crimes, specifically the burglary and shoplifting categories. Hebbe touted the shoplifting data point showing a 29% decrease when there has been a national trend of massive shopliftings in larger cities around the country. The three burglary categories have been trending down locally since 2017, showing an average reduction of 53%. 

“The average citizen is probably most affected by their car, house, or business being broken into. The fact that all of these numbers are down is good for our community,” said Chief Hebbe.  

Overall, Chief Hebbe spoke of his goals to recruit more officers and his department’s recent hiring challenges. The city council and mayor’s support for the department in their recruiting efforts were highlighted when Mayor Nate Duckett mentioned he was trying to recruit for the police department on a recent trip.

Chief Hebbe finished the presentation by saying, “I’m hopeful that the national narrative continues to change, and being a cop is something that people will want to be again.”