PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating shooting

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are investigating a shooting that took place just before 12:30 this afternoon. Police were dispatched to the 1000 block of Hollywood Street around 12:28 p.m. in reference to a shots fired call. Officers arrived and learned that a 38-year-old male had been shot in the leg. The man was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center. Police have identified and detained a 22-year-old male suspect. The incident remains under investigation at this time. Additional details will be released as they become available.



PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police urge businesses to watch for counterfeit money

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department is urging businesses to be vigilant following reports of counterfeit money circulating in the community. While businesses tend to be mindful of large bills, counterfeiters have now started manufacturing smaller denominations knowing they are easier to pass. Businesses should take precautions to help reduce their chances of falling victim to this crime. The United States Federal Reserve provides information on how to determine if a note is genuine. They emphasize that unique security and design features should be used rather than detection pens which aren’t always accurate and can give false results. Specifications for each of the seven denominations can be found online at

If you suspect you’ve received a counterfeit note, please call 334-6622 and request to speak with an officer.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating armed robbery

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at a home in Farmington earlier this week. Police were dispatched to a residence on Delhi Avenue on Tuesday around 10:15 p.m. in reference to an armed subject who had just left the area. The reporting party informed dispatch that his tenant was attacked by two males armed with a shotgun.

Officers arrived on scene and learned the tenant, a 34-year-old male, had met a woman through an online dating site. The two had messaged each other throughout the day and made plans to meet at his home on Delhi Avenue. The woman arrived at his home around 9:45 p.m. A while later someone knocked on the door, and the woman answered it. Two men entered the residence and attacked the tenant, hitting him in the face with a shotgun. The woman ran out the door when the two men came in. She took a pair of jeans containing the tenant’s wallet and keys. The tenant’s landlord heard the commotion and headed over to check on his tenant but ran into one of the men who then pointed a shotgun at him. The two men and the woman fled the area in a white older model Chevrolet four-door sedan. The tenant was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center for his injuries. The landlord did not sustain any injuries during the event.

Police are still searching for the individuals and request anyone with information to call FPD’s Detective Division at 599-1005.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police to conduct DWI checkpoints in September

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department, in conjunction with other local law enforcement agencies, is working hard to keep drunk drivers off our roads. Throughout the month of September, FPD will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. This is in addition to FPD’s R.A.D.D. campaign which encourages citizens to call 911 to report suspected drunk drivers. The Farmington Police Department would like to remind citizens to drink responsibly and always use a designated driver.

PRESS RELEASE: Five Farmington residents charged in connection to drive-by

Farmington, NM – Five individuals have been arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting that occurred early Sunday morning. Farmington officers were dispatched around 2:55 to the 1100 block of Fairgrounds Road in reference to shots fired. The reporting party informed dispatch that a white hatchback passenger car was seen leaving the area. An officer saw the vehicle traveling west on Cooper Street from Fairgrounds. Officers followed the vehicle to a residence in the 3000 block of Carlton and conducted a felony stop. Two adults and three juveniles were in the vehicle; all five were taken into custody. Officers conducting the investigation located a bullet hole in the front door of a residence in the 1100 block of Fairgrounds Road. No one was injured in the incident.

Two male juveniles, ages 16 and 17 and one female age 16 all of Farmington, were charged with accessory to shooting at a dwelling. They were booked into the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center.

Charlie Thompson, 18 of Farmington, was charged with accessory to shooting at a dwelling and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Fabian Harding, 18 of Farmington, was also charged with accessory to shooting at a dwelling and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Thompson and Harding were both booked into the San Juan County Detention Center.


PRESS RELEASE: Farmington Police Department invites community to attend Four Corners Invitational State Competition for Special Olympics

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department would like to invite the community to attend the 2018 Four Corners Invitational State Competition for Special Olympics taking place on August 24 and 25. Athletes from around the state will compete in various sports to include golf, softball and aquatics. The Farmington Police Department has been a long-time supporter of Special Olympics, heading up local Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising activities and serving as ambassadors for the organization. First Responders throughout San Juan County will be assisting with this weekend’s games.

This year’s invitational will kick off on Friday at 8:00 a.m. with the state golf tournament. Athletes will play on one of three courses: Pinon Hills in Farmington, Aztec Municipal Golf Course or Riverview in Kirtland. Opening ceremonies will begin that evening at 6:00 at McGee Park. Law enforcement officers will lead the torch relay for the traditional lighting of the Special Olympics flame ceremony.

The state softball tournament will begin directly after opening ceremonies and will continue through Saturday. Teams will be playing at the Fairground Softball Complex in Farmington. Also on Saturday are the aquatic events beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Farmington Aquatic Center. The Olympic Village will be open on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for athlete check-in and t-shirt sales benefitting Special Olympics.

Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe is encouraging the community to come out and show their support for the athletes. “Special Olympics provides children and adults with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to participate in a variety of Olympic-type sports,” he explained. “Our community has been given the honor of hosting this event year after year. We are asking you to come out and make this event a memorable and exciting experience for these dedicated athletes.”

There is not entry fee for the public to attend any of the events.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man charged in stabbing

Farmington, NM – A Farmington man has been arrested and charged for stabbing another man during a verbal altercation. Police were dispatched around 2:36 p.m. yesterday to Brookhaven Park East located at 721 W. Apache in reference to people fighting. Dispatch informed officers responding to the scene that two male subjects had left and were running up the ditch area across the street. A third subject who was injured was walking in the street on Apache. The subject, a 34-year-old man from Kirtland, had sustained a laceration to his neck and was transported by medics to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he was admitted for his injury.

School was released early yesterday, however, Apache Elementary was placed in a preventative lockdown for staff who were still in the building. Officers searched the area and located one of the subjects, 24-year-old Raheem Benally, on a path east of the school. Detectives transported Benally to the station for questioning. He was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Officers continued to search for the other man, but were unable to locate him. Upon further investigation, detectives do not believe he is a suspect at this time.