PRESS RELEASE: Body found in Arizona confirmed to be missing New Mexico man

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Farmington, N.M. – The body of missing New Mexico man, Craig Cavanaugh, 44 of Farmington, was identified today in Coconino County, Arizona. Farmington police detectives have been working closely with both Coconino and Navajo County in their search for Craig since he went missing in early July.  Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Navajo County Sheriff’s Office are now taking over this case, as a death investigation. There have been two suspects identified in this case, and it is still an active investigation.

 

Cavanaugh was last seen in Farmington on July 4, 2019. He was headed to Peoria, Arizona for a job but never arrived. Cavanaugh’s phone was last pinged in Payson, Arizona and a witness stated they saw him in Payson, but no other evidence supported that statement. Cavanaugh’s credit cards were used by two males in Payson, Glendale, and Peoria between July 5 and July 7, 2019. Cavanaugh’s 2012 Toyota Tacoma truck was recovered on July 12, 2019. The males using the credit cards were identified by Farmington detectives working with Arizona law enforcement agencies. Craig Cavanaugh’s body was located by Navajo County and Coconino County deputies.

 

Coconino County Sheriff’s Office will be the contact agency for any further tips or information regarding this case. They can be contacted at 928-774-4523.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police to conduct DWI checkpoints in September

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Farmington, N.M. – Many Farmington police officers will be out throughout the month of September participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. This will include sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols, beginning Labor Day weekend. Across the United States during the 2017 Labor Day Holiday 376 people were killed in crashes and 36% of those involved a drunk driver. The Farmington Police Department, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, continues to work hard to keep drunk drivers off our roads. As always, FPD wants to remind citizens to drink responsibly and always use a designated driver.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man arrested for kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration

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Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police today arrested Samson Blue, 50 of San Juan County, on charges of kidnapping and criminal sexual penetration. The charges stem from an ongoing investigation that began in June of this year when Blue took the victim to Walmart where she was able to make contact with employees and asked them for help. The employees took the victim to a safe location and contacted police. Detectives investigating the incident obtained a warrant for Blue’s arrest. Officers served the warrant at the San Juan County Detention Center where Blue is being held on unrelated charges.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police arrest man after 11-hour standoff

 

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police arrested Dylane Jim, 27 of Farmington, yesterday after an 11-hour standoff at an apartment building in the 2000 block of North Tucker off East 20th Street. Jim was charged with aggravated assault on a household member, false imprisonment, and aggravated battery against a household member. Jim physically fought with his girlfriend in the second story apartment, threatening her by pointing a gun at her head.

The victim called 9-1-1, and officers responded around 11:50 a.m. The victim was yelling for help from the second story apartment window when officers arrived. They were able to get a ladder to the window, and the victim exited the apartment safely. Farmington Fire Department and EMS treated the victim on scene for her injuries. Officers learned that Jim was armed and barricading the door to the apartment. FPD negotiators and SWAT arrived, and the adjacent apartments were evacuated. Negotiators attempted to make contact with Jim for several hours, using various methods to try to reach a peaceful resolution. After negotiation attempts failed, the SWAT and bomb teams breached the apartment door, entered the apartment and detained Jim without injury around 11:10 p.m.

Throughout the standoff, the Farmington community was very supportive, and FPD would like to thank them. St. Mary’s Church provided shelter to those displaced from their home due to this incident. Farmington Municipal School staff stayed late to keep children from evacuated homes, until a parent or guardian could pick them up. McDonalds and Domino’s donated food and drinks to the officers on scene and to those who were evacuated from their homes. San Juan County Office of Emergency Management and American Red Cross also provided assistance to evacuees.

PRESS RELEASE: Police trying to ID credit card fraud suspects

Credit cards belong to missing New Mexico man and were used in Arizona

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police are trying to identify two individuals who used a missing New Mexico man’s credit cards in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Craig Cavanaugh, 44 of Farmington, was last seen on July 4, 2019. He left Farmington and was headed to Peoria, Arizona for a job but never arrived. Cavanaugh was last seen in Payson, Arizona driving his 2012 Toyota Tacoma truck, license plate 4FR5994.

The two males in the attached photos used Cavanaugh’s credit cards in the Phoenix area. Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying them. Anyone who believes they know either of the men or has information on Cavanaugh’s disappearance, is asked to contact Detective Kenneth Smith with the Farmington Police Department at 505-599-1005 or the FPD Detective Tip Hotline at 505-599-1068.

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PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man arrested for arson

RAY MONTANO MUGFarmington, NM – Farmington police arrested Ray Montano, 49 of Farmington, on Monday in connection with a string of fires that investigators determined to be intentionally set. Six structure fires took place between June 22 and July 7 in various abandoned buildings in Farmington. The San Juan County Fire Investigation Task Force, comprised of representatives from FPD, Farmington Fire Department, San Juan County Fire Department and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the incidents and found them to be arson.

Farmington detectives identified Montano as the suspect through video surveillance and body camera footage from officers who saw the suspect riding a bicycle away from the scene of two of the fires. Officers located Montano on July 8 and detained him for questioning. He was subsequently arrested on a warrant for three counts of arson at 709 Orchard Homes Dr., 301 Airport Dr. and 621 W. Animas St. No one was injured in the fires.

The three other fires remain under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Farmington Police Department Detective Tip Hotline at 505-599-1068. Anonymous tips may be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-TIPS.

PRESS RELEASE: Police investigating stabbing at Farmington apartment

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are investigating a stabbing that took place early this morning at a residence in West Farmington. Officers were dispatched around 6:00 to an apartment in the 700 block of West Animas for a fight. When police arrived, they found 33-year-old Kyle Martinez inside the apartment with multiple stab wounds. Medics transported Martinez to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he remains in critical condition. The suspect, Bryan Cortez, 37 of Farmington, was located on scene. He was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

This incident remains under investigation.