Farmington police arrest man following stabbing

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police arrested a man following a stabbing outside the Animas Valley Mall yesterday evening.

Around 6 p.m. on February 22, 2021, security officers for the business called for police to assist them with a man threatening others with a knife. Later identified as 46-year-old Raymond Willie, the man had been aggressive with other customers and security while inside the mall. Willie purchased a knife from a business and then exited the mall and began threatening bystanders. Security approached Willie and contacted the police for assistance. Before officers arrived, a citizen attempted to help the security guard disarm the man by approaching Willie from behind and wrapping his arms around him. Security pepper-sprayed Willie as he began to stab the citizen who was assisting. Officers arrived and immediately began rendering aid to the citizen and disarming and detaining Willie. The citizen was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he was treated and is now in stable condition. Raymond Willie is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.