PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man arrested on charges of armed robbery, aggravated battery

Farmington, NM – Farmington police arrested 29-year-old Timothy Jaramillo of Farmington on charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery. On September 16, 2017 officers were dispatched to Bubble City in reference to a battery and stolen vehicle. Officers arrived and made contact with the victim, a 50-year-old man from Farmington. The man had lacerations, bruising and swelling to his face. He was transported by medics to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and later released.

Through investigation, officers learned the man was driving in the area of Southside River Road and South Hutton when he saw a woman who appeared to be in distress. The woman was sitting on the side of the road, crying with her head in her hands and a male was standing over her. The victim pulled over to check on the female and asked if she needed help. The woman got in the front passenger seat of the man’s vehicle. Before he could drive off, the woman’s boyfriend, later identified as Timothy Jaramillo, got in the back seat. Jaramillo demanded the victim drive him to the casino. The victim drove to the parking lot of Bubble City and stopped the vehicle. Jaramillo grabbed the man and punched him in the face numerous times using brass knuckles. The victim exited the vehicle and went inside to call police. Jaramillo and his girlfriend left the area in the victim’s vehicle.

Officers issued a county-wide attempt to locate the vehicle but were unsuccessful. Through follow-up investigation detectives were able to identify Jaramillo, and on November 13 a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of armed robbery, aggravated battery (use of a deadly weapon) and receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle. Jaramillo was arrested on November 14 and booked into the San Juan County Detention Center.



PRESS RELEASE: Police identify woman found deceased at Brook Haven Park

Farmington, NM – Farmington police have identified the woman found deceased at Brook Haven Park as 29-year-old Vanessa Tsosie of Red Valley, Arizona. On November 5 at approximately 7:06 a.m. police were dispatched to 901 Glade Ln. in reference to an injured female lying in the park. Officers arrived and found the woman to be deceased. Signs of foul play were present, and detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call San Juan County Crime Stoppers at (505) 334-TIPS.

PRESS RELEASE: Police seeking public’s assistance in identifying woman found in park

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are working to identify a woman who was found deceased at Brook Haven Park earlier this week. On November 5 at approximately 7:06 a.m. police were dispatched to 901 Glade Ln. in reference to an injured female lying in the park. Officers arrived and found the woman to be deceased. Signs of foul play were present, and detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide. The victim has not yet been identified and police are requesting the public’s assistance.

The victim is a Native American female of average height and stature. She has no tattoos or significant scarring. She was wearing distinctive clothing at the time, most notably a pair of black Nike skater style low-cut sneakers with large pink swooshes (see photo). She was also wearing a black and white striped scarf (SIMILAR to the attached photo), black knit sweater and blue jeans with holes. Also of note was her nail polish, which had a black base with predominantly purple glitter.

Anyone with information about the woman’s identity is asked to call the Farmington Police Department’s Detective Division at 599-1005 or non-emergency dispatch at 334-6622. Anonymous tips may be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 334-TIPS.












PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police respond to explosion

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department is investigating an explosion that occurred early Tuesday morning. At approximately 3:05 a.m. dispatch received reports of an explosion in the 500 block of East 20 Street. Officers searched the area and located the remains of an explosive device in the parking lot south of 505 E. 20 St. Investigation by the FPD Bomb Unit revealed the explosive was made from a gas sample cylinder. The explosion caused damage to a nearby shed and dented the side of a dumpster. No injuries were reported. The incident remains under investigation.

“This is an extremely serious incident and our detectives are working closely with ATF and the FBI,” said Chief Hebbe. “We urge all citizens to report suspicious activity immediately by calling dispatch.”

Anyone with information about this incident may call the FPD Detective Tip Hotline at 599-1068. Anonymous tips may be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 334-TIPS.

The Farmington Police Department would like to remind citizens to never touch suspicious packages or items. Instead, call 911 immediately.

*The attached images are examples of the types of cylinders that could be used.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police searching for sexual assault suspect, requesting public’s assistance

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are trying to locate the suspect in a sexual assault that occurred this morning at an apartment in the 2500 block of Lee Avenue.

The suspect is described as a white male, possibly mid 30s, approximately six feet tall, 200 to 220 pounds, has broad shoulders, light brown hair approximately one to two inches in length and has a goatee. He was wearing a dark blue plain hooded jacket with a front zipper, blue jeans and black leather gloves.

Anyone with information is asked to immediately call dispatch at 334-6622.


Raccoons with distemper FAQs


The Farmington Police Department’s Animal Control Unit has noticed an increase in the number of calls related to sick raccoons. Many of the raccoons are exhibiting signs consistent with canine distemper. The following  includes information on distemper, steps to safeguard your pets and who to call when encountering a raccoon that may have distemper.

Frequently Asked Questions

 What is canine distemper?
Canine distemper is a contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous system of puppies, dogs and even ferrets. The virus can also be found in wildlife, such as raccoons, skunks, coyotes, foxes, and wolves (this is not an all-inclusive list). There is no cure for distemper, and the disease is often fatal. Canine distemper is generally always present in the raccoon population, although at low levels. The presence of the disease tends to spike in the fall.

What are the behaviors and symptoms of a raccoon with canine distemper?
Raccoons infected with canine distemper may exhibit unusual behaviors such as, slow movement, giving the appearance of being blind, stumbling, confusion and wandering aimlessly. They may also lose their fear of humans and become aggressive if cornered.

A mucus discharge will often be present around the eyes and nose and may be accompanied by coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, seizures or chewing fits. The animal may only exhibit some of these behaviors and symptoms and otherwise appear quite healthy.

What should I do if I see a raccoon I think has distemper?
If you see a raccoon and it appears sick, do NOT approach it; immediately call non-emergency dispatch at 505-334-6622. An animal control officer will be dispatched to assess the situation and will either make a referral to Department of Game & Fish or, if safe to do so, will catch the raccoon.

NOTE: Please remember, as cute as they may appear, a raccoon is a wild animal. Whether it’s carrying an infectious disease or not, it’s dangerous to try to make contact with or feed it.

Can my dog catch canine distemper?
Yes. If your dog has not been vaccinated against distemper and comes in contact with an infected animal, he/she can contract the disease. Puppies younger than four-months-old and dogs that have not been vaccinated against distemper are at an increased risk of acquiring the disease.

How can I protect my dog from contracting canine distemper?
To help reduce the changes of your dog becoming infected with canine distemper, owners should vaccinate their dogs when they are puppies and maintain booster shots as recommended by their veterinarian. Keep your dog on a leash when taking walks, and if you live in an area where raccoons, skunks or other wildlife have access to your yard, scan the area before letting your dog out.

How is canine distemper spread?
Canine distemper can be spread through a variety of ways. The most common transmission is through airborne exposure (sneezing or coughing). The virus can also be transmitted by food and water bowls, sharing of contaminated objects (such as toys, blankets and bedding) and ingesting or inhaling infected saliva, mucus, urine, or blood of an infected dog or animal.

Can humans catch distemper?
While canine distemper does not pose health risks to humans, people can be carriers of the virus and spread it to their pets. If you’ve ever owned a dog that suffered from canine distemper, it’s important to vaccinate new pets before they’re brought into the home.

*The information provided in this article is an overview of canine distemper. The purpose is to provide basic awareness and general safety guidelines. We encourage citizens to speak with their veterinarians for more in-depth information pertaining to the health of their pets.


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Pet Safety Tip from the FPD Animal Control Unit: Keeping Fido safe on walks and at the park

Frenchie on Leash

It’s not uncommon to see our four-legged community members accompanying their owners on walks through our beautiful parks or around other parts of town. But how do we ensure Fido’s safety and the safety of others while enjoying an outing?

Whether you’re walking your dog in a park or in another public area, it’s important to keep him/her on a leash. We all know dogs have minds of their own at times, and unrestrained, could run into traffic and be struck by a vehicle. This could not only harm the dog, but could also cause an accident and injure the occupants of the vehicle. The City of Farmington has established a Municipal Code to address this concern. The code requires that dogs be on a leash of eight feet or less when in public. The length of the leash is important, as it provides the owner a better way to maintain control of the dog in the event something catches his/her attention. Keeping your dog on an appropriate leash, also reduces the chances of him/her biting someone or another animal. Dog’s that aren’t on leashes are considered to be “at large” and owners are subject to a citation (Farmington Municipal Code 6-4-1(2).  And this could also land Fido in doggie jail.

There is an exception to the leash law: dog parks. Owners may allow their dogs to exercise and play at designated city dog parks. Farmington’s designated dog parks are  Westland Park and Saddleback Park. Owners must remain present to provide supervision. We also ask that owners please use dog park etiquette and refrain from taking a dog that may not play well with others when off a leash.

The Farmington Police Department’s Animal Control Unit thanks the public for doing their part in helping to keep all our community members safe!