Farmington police arrest man after brief standoff


Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police have a man in custody after a brief SWAT standoff yesterday. Officers were dispatched around 1:50 p.m. to a residence in the 800 block of East 24th Street regarding a man wanted on felony warrants. Officers arrived and could hear a man and woman fighting inside the home. The woman came out to talk to officers and confirmed that the wanted man, 28-year-old Joseph Rino, was still inside the house. Patrol officers secured the area and called for the SWAT team to respond. Negotiators’ attempts to contact Rino weren’t successful. Officers obtained a search warrant for the house,  then The SWAT team and K9s entered the house and arrested Rino without incident. Rino was served on the warrants for Aggravated Battery Against a Household Member, False Imprisonment, and Battery Against a Household Member. He was also charged with Resisting, Evading, or Obstructing an officer.