PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police identify suspect in a string of auto burglaries, one ending in a shooting

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department’s Detective Division has identified the suspect in a string of auto burglaries in the area of Barcelona Circle. The most recent occurred on January 8 and ended with a 31-year-old Farmington man being shot after confronting the suspect. Prior to the shooting, the man was inside the residence visiting with the homeowner’s girlfriend when they heard the garage door opening. The man went out to the garage and confronted the suspect who then ran off. The man followed the suspect to a nearby walking trail. The suspect fired at the man, hitting him three times before fleeing. The man was shot in the wrist and both legs. He was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center, treated for his injuries and released.

The Juvenile Wellness Court provided detectives with a credible lead based on the suspect’s description FPD posted to their Facebook page. Through follow-up investigation, detectives were able to identify the suspect as a 17-year-old male from Farmington. He was placed on a probation hold by the Juvenile Wellness Court on January 12 on an unrelated matter. Farmington detectives are requesting the following charges: two counts of 2nd degree felony aggravated auto burglary, one count 3rd degree felony aggravated battery and one 3rd degree felony of tampering with evidence. He is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center.