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Farmington, NM – Farmington police arrested 24-year-old Raheem Benally of Farmington in connection with a homicide that took place yesterday. Officers were dispatched around 6:19 last night to Brothers Avenue in reference to a man, later identified as 37-year-old Philbert Vanwinkle of Farmington, lying in the road. The reporting party informed dispatch the man was bleeding and didn’t appear to be breathing. Officers arrived on scene and found Vanwinkle to be deceased with apparent multiple stab wounds. Two persons of interest were initially detained for questioning and then released. Benally was later identified as the suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of second degree murder and tampering with evidence. Detectives learned he was in the Shiprock area and obtained an extradition warrant approved by the Navajo Nation. Farmington police took Benally into custody without incident around 7:00 this evening. He was transported to the San Juan County Detention Center where he was booked on the warrant.
The Farmington Police Department would like to thank the Navajo Police Department and Navajo Nation prosecutors for their assistance.
Farmington, NM – Farmington police were dispatched around 6:19 this evening to Brothers Avenue in reference to a man laying in the road. The reporting party informed dispatch the man was bleeding and didn’t appear to be breathing. Officers arrived on scene and found the man to be deceased. Two persons of interest who were in the area have been detained for questioning. The incident is being investigated as a homicide. We’ll continue to provide updates as they become available.
Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department will host their annual Christmas food drive on December 15 and 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Albertsons in Farmington. They’ll be accepting monetary and non-perishable food donations as well as turkeys and hams. The department has hosted the drive for over 12 years. Farmington police Lieutenant Matt Veith has been organizing the event since 2006 and expressed his appreciation for the community’s generosity, “This event has been a success year after year because of the wonderful people of San Juan County. We see people from all walks of life coming in to donate; some who are experiencing struggles of their own. That speaks volumes of the individuals who comprise our community.”
Donations will be distributed on Monday, December 17 to Catholics Charities, the Children Youth and Families Department’s Juvenile Services, Navajo Ministries, PATH Homeless Shelter and the Family Crisis Center Emergency Shelter.
Farmington, NM – Farmington police have issued a warrant for 24-year-old Ryan Lowe following an incident that occurred early this morning. Officers were dispatched around 3:25 a.m. to the Coronado Apartments in reference to a stabbing. Officers arrived on scene and found a 30-year-old female with a laceration to her neck. The female was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center with multiple puncture wounds to her back, a laceration to her neck and a partially severed finger. Through investigation, officers identified Lowe as the suspect and learned he is an acquaintance who occasionally stays at the apartment. A warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence. The incident remains under investigation at this time. The female remains at SJRMC in stable condition. Anyone with information on Lowe’s whereabouts may call non-emergency dispatch at 334-6622.
Recognitions presented by Police Chief Steve Hebbe, Electric Utility Director Hank Adair, Mayor Nate Duckett, Fire Chief Dave Burke & City of Farmington Employee Council President Joanna Oliver
The Farmington Police Department wants to remind citizens, that during all the hectic holiday hustle and bustle, it’s important to slow down and be aware of your surroundings. Help reduce your chances of falling victim to a crime by taking safety precautions when shopping:
~Stay alert to your surroundings. Don’t let your guard down while taking a phone call or answering a text message.
~Shop during daylight hours when possible. When shopping at night, take someone with you, park in a well-lit area and as close as possible to the store.
~Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Keep small amounts of cash in your front pocket.
~Only carry the credit/debit card that you will be using to shop.
~Avoid overloading yourself with packages.
~Do not place your purse in the shopping cart; keep it on your person and maintain a secure hold at all times.
~Do not leave packages in your vehicle; lock them in the trunk or take them home immediately if possible.
~Do not lock packages in the trunk and then go back into the same store; change shopping locations.
~Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the surrounding area and back seat before getting in.
~Do not approach your vehicle alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
~Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason. During this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
While practicing these safety tips can help minimize the risk of falling victim to predators, there is no absolute guarantee to safeguard against a determined criminal. If you find yourself victim of a crime, report it immediately.