PRESS RELEASE: Special Police Week Coffee with a Cop to take place this Saturday, K9s, SWAT, Bomb Unit, and bike giveaway

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department, in partnership with the Bronson Family McDonald’s, will host a special Police Week Coffee with a Cop. The event will take place Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at McDonald’s located at 4750 E. Main in Farmington. The special event will include a meet and greet with members of FPD’s K9 Unit and displays by their SWAT team and Bomb Unit. In addition, the FPD District Coordinator Unit will be giving away a bicycle and McDonald’s will be providing a bike helmet to the winner.

The Bronson Family McDonald’s reached out to FPD and offered their first Coffee with a Cop in August of 2016. Since then, they’ve hosted a total of three events. The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve.

*Media is welcome to attend this event.

*Event flyer attached

Police Week 2017

 

PRESS RELEASE: Crawford Family procession

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department will be joining the Crawford Family procession between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on U.S. Highway 64 near Andrea Drive. FPD is asking motorists to please avoid the procession route during these hours as it will be extremely congested and roads may be shut down to accommodate them. Anyone who would like to pay their respects to the Crawford Family, is welcome to stand outside their parked vehicles along the route.

Procession Route:
U.S. 550 through Bloomfield to U.S. 64 and will continue along Murray Drive, then west on Main Street in Farmington to Apache Drive and will end at Farmington Funeral Home located at the 2111 W. Apache Street.

 

Crawford Procession

 

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man arrested for armed robbery, aggravated burglary

Farmington, NM – Farmington police were dispatched to San Juan Regional Medical Center around 1:00 p.m. on Monday in reference to a stabbing. Officers arrived and learned 33-year-old Pete Kimbell had been stabbed multiple times by 34-year-old Derek James. James and another male, whose identity is unknown, entered Kimbell’s home in the 2300 block of West Apache and attacked him. During the encounter, James punched Kimbell and stabbed him multiple times with a knife. The two men took an unspecified amount of money and jewelry from Kimbell’s residence before leaving. After the men left, Kimbell flagged down a man outside his house and requested to be taken to the hospital where he was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police located James at his home in Farmington. He was arrested and charged with armed robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated battery. He is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond.

FPD is still searching for the other suspect who is described as a bald Native American male in his late 30s. Anyone with information about this incident may call San Juan County Crime Stoppers at (505) 334-TIPS.

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police respond to fatal traffic crash involving pedestrian, driver charged with first degree murder

Farmington, NM –  Yesterday Farmington police responded to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian. Officers were dispatched to West Apache near Gooding Drive around 8:25 p.m. Through investigation they learned 20-year-old Anthony Wagon hit 29-year-old Jeremy Beard of Farmington with his vehicle. The incident transpired following an argument at Beard’s residence between him, Wagon and another male. Beard left his residence in the El Rey Trailer Court on foot and headed westbound on Apache. Wagon drove his pickup truck from the residence and located Beard. Wagon drove over the curb and struck Beard with his vehicle in the area of 2310 W. Apache St. and then drove away. Beard succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The FPD Gang Unit responded to assist and located Wagon at his residence off Highway 371. He was transported to the station for questioning and subsequently arrested and charged with first degree murder. He is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a cash $500,000 bond.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police seeking public’s assistance in identifying shooter

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in a shooting that took place on April 17. Police were dispatched around 11:04 that evening to a residence on South Bowen Avenue in reference to a shooting. Officers arrived and found a 38-year-old male, later identified as Frankie D. Taylor of Farmington, in the front yard with multiple gunshot wounds.  Medics transported Taylor to San Juan Regional Medical Center. He is now in stable condition.

Photos of a potential suspect vehicle were obtained from nearby surveillance. FPD is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact San Juan County Crime Stoppers at (505) 334-TIPS. No further information is available at this time.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating shooting

Farmington, NM – Yesterday at approximately 11:04 p.m. Farmington police were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of South Bowen Avenue in reference to a shooting. Officers arrived and found a 38-year-old male in the front yard with multiple gunshot wounds. Medics transported the man to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he remains in critical condition. A suspect has not yet been identified. The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident may call the Detective Tip Hotline at (505) 599-1068. Anonymous tips may be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at (505) 334-TIPS.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police encourage citizens to be good witnesses, don’t risk personal safety

A Good Witness

Farmington, NM –  The Farmington Police Department has taken several reports where citizens have come face to face with a burglar. Naturally, a person’s first instinct may be to confront and perhaps apprehend the criminal in the pursuit of justice. Having this inclination is human nature, but acting on it can be extremely dangerous. These types of criminals are almost always carrying a weapon, and that weapon is commonly a firearm. Farmington police recommend citizens stay out of harm’s way and be good witnesses.

Being a good witness means observing and taking note of key information that will assist police. This is true for any type of crime an individual may witness – from DWI to burglary. The following is a list of general information that should be provided to dispatch:

  • Time
  • License plate or vehicle description: This can include color, the number of doors, make, model and possible year. Don’t feel as if you must be as specific as, “It was a red 2014 Ford Fiesta with a New Mexico Plate of ABC123.” This is frequently when mistakes are made and the vehicle is not located. If you’re unsure of the specifics, only tell dispatch what you’re certain of and always look for distinguishing features that may separate the vehicle from others. For example, “It was a red car with two doors, it appeared to be newer, it had tinted windows and a sticker on the rear window that read, “I love my job.” These types of descriptions significantly help responding officers.
  • Suspect description: Height, weight, ethnicity, age, hair length, hair color, eye color, tattoos, piercings, and clothing, to include shoes. Any other identifying factors, such as scars, are helpful.
  • Direction of travel: This could be as simple as north, south, east or west. If you’re unsure of a direction, there’s nothing wrong with telling dispatch, “He ran in the direction of Colorado” or “He ran toward Bloomfield.” It’s not uncommon to get mixed up with directions, so this is a good way to communicate with dispatch.
  • Armed or not armed: In this case, it would be important to tell dispatch if you saw the suspect with a weapon. This could be a firearm, knife, bat or any other item that may be used to harm someone. If you did see a weapon, try to give dispatch a description of it. If you didn’t see a weapon, they may have one concealed.

“Making Farmington the type of community we all want it to be, takes a partnership between the public and FPD,” said Chief Hebbe. “We want citizens to call us when they have a problem and not risk their safety unnecessarily. Together, we’re making Farmington a better place to live, work and play.”

To report a crime requiring immediate police assistance, contact dispatch: 911 for emergencies and (505) 334-6622 for non-emergencies. To submit anonymous crime tips when immediate police assistance is not required, call San Juan County Crimes Stoppers at (505) 334-TIPS, submit online at sjccrimestoppers.org or submit through FPD’s free mobile app for iOS and Android.