PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating early morning stabbing

Farmington, NM – Farmington police have issued a warrant for 24-year-old Ryan Lowe following an incident that occurred early this morning. Officers were dispatched around 3:25 a.m. to the Coronado Apartments in reference to a stabbing. Officers arrived on scene and found a 30-year-old female with a laceration to her neck. The female was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center with multiple puncture wounds to her back, a laceration to her neck and a partially severed finger. Through investigation, officers identified Lowe as the suspect and learned he is an acquaintance who occasionally stays at the apartment. A warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence. The incident remains under investigation at this time. The female remains at SJRMC in stable condition. Anyone with information on Lowe’s whereabouts may call non-emergency dispatch at 334-6622.



City employees recognized for saving man’s life


Recognitions presented by Police Chief Steve Hebbe, Electric Utility Director Hank Adair, Mayor Nate Duckett, Fire Chief Dave Burke & City of Farmington Employee Council President Joanna Oliver

Tonight, we’d like to recognize several individuals who demonstrated exemplary performance, not only in their work duties, but in their duties as fellow citizens. When most of us hear the word humanitarian, we think of someone who actively engages in promoting human welfare and social reforms in a global capacity. Their goal is to save lives, relieve suffering and maintain human dignity. But a humanitarian can be one person whose single act accomplishes those very same goals, which is exactly what Officer David King and City of Farmington Electric Utility linemen, Dave Elder and Jacob Snowbarger, did.
On Tuesday, November 6, Officer King was flagged down by a construction worker near the Auto Zone at Broadway and Lake Street after a vehicle crashed into the side of the business. The officer made contact with the driver, a 70-year-old man from Cortez, Colo., and recognized he was in need of emergency assistance.
Officer King and Mr. Elder pulled the driver from the vehicle. Officer King began administering CPR to the driver and asked one of the linemen to get his radio so he could request assistance for the male who was in cardiac arrest. One of the linemen retrieved the officer’s radio and another brought his AED from his work truck. The officer radioed for additional assistance while the linemen took over chest compressions and applied the AED. Through their professional course of actions, CPR was continued seamlessly and two shocks were delivered to the patient prior to the fire department arriving on scene. Once fire and EMS personnel arrived, Mr. Elder and Mr. Snowbarger remained in the immediate area ready to assist and delivered a thorough briefing of events. They remained on scene until the patient, with a pulse, was transported to the hospital.
It is apparent that the swift actions of Officer King, Mr. Elder and Mr. Snowbarger greatly contributed to a positive outcome for the gentleman, who has since been discharged from the hospital and returned home.

Safety Tips for Holiday Shopping

Closeup of woman holding shopping bags on the street with copy spaceThe Farmington Police Department wants to remind citizens, that during all the hectic holiday hustle and bustle, it’s important to slow down and be aware of your surroundings. Help reduce your chances of falling victim to a crime by taking safety precautions when shopping:

~Stay alert to your surroundings. Don’t let your guard down while taking a phone call or answering a text message.

~Shop during daylight hours when possible. When shopping at night, take someone with you, park in a well-lit area and as close as possible to the store.

~Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Keep small amounts of cash in your front pocket.

~Only carry the credit/debit card that you will be using to shop.

~Avoid overloading yourself with packages.

~Do not place your purse in the shopping cart; keep it on your person and maintain a secure hold at all times.

~Do not leave packages in your vehicle; lock them in the trunk or take them home immediately if possible.

~Do not lock packages in the trunk and then go back into the same store; change shopping locations.

~Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the surrounding area and back seat before getting in.

~Do not approach your vehicle alone if there are suspicious people in the area.

~Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason. During this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

While practicing these safety tips can help minimize the risk of falling victim to predators, there is no absolute guarantee to safeguard against a determined criminal. If you find yourself victim of a crime, report it immediately.


PRESS RELEASE: Suspect in Brookside shooting arrested

Farmington, NM – A suspect in the shooting that occurred October 26 at Brookside Park was arrested over the weekend. A warrant was issued Friday for 18-year-old D’Jali Smith of Farmington on charges of two counts aggravated battery great bodily harm and two counts aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Smith was arrested on Sunday in Colorado by Cortez police. Details about the case are not being released at this time as the investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident should call the Farmington Police Department Detective Tip Hotline at 599-1068.



PRESS RELEASE:Colorado man charged with armed robbery and auto theft

Farmington, NM – Farmington police have charged 30-year-old Cody Dimuccio of Pagosa, Colo. with armed robbery and unlawful taking of a vehicle following two incidents that occurred earlier today. Officers were dispatched around 10:42 a.m. to the Family Dollar located at 909 E. Farmington Ave. in reference to an armed robbery. Through investigation, officers learned that Dimuccio entered the store and waited for customers to leave before taking an undisclosed amount of money and fleeing the scene. While inside the store, Dimuccio fired one shot. No one was injured during the incident. Dimuccio was seen leaving the area in a gold 2005 Chevy Impala. The vehicle was listed as stolen out of Colorado.

At approximately 12:05 p.m. today, dispatch received a call from Great Buy Auto Sales located at 942 E. Main St. in reference to a male subject, identified as Dimuccio, who had taken a BMW. The reporting party followed Dimuccio while on the phone with dispatch. Officers located the vehicle heading east on Apache and attempted to make a traffic stop. Dimuccio turned south on Auburn and was driving erratically, ignoring officers’ attempts to stop him. Dimuccio continued traveling south on Auburn, and in the course of the pursuit, an FPD unit collided with the suspect vehicle at Auburn and Maple. Dimuccio was treated for minor injuries at the scene. The officer was not injured.

Dimuccio was transported to Farmington Police Department for questioning and subsequently charged with armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, out of state fugitive, felon in possession and aggravated fleeing.

Dimuccio will also be booked on three outstanding warrants out of Colorado, one out of Kentucky and one out of San Juan County.

PRESS RELEASE: Armed robbery suspect in custody

Farmington, NM – Farmington police apprehended the suspect in a robbery that took place around 10:40 this morning at the Family Dollar located at 909 E. Farmington Ave. The suspect fired one shot inside the store and left with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured during the incident. A person of interest was identified early on in the investigation.

At approximately 12:05 p.m. today, dispatch received a call from Great Buy Auto Sales located at 942 E. Main St. in reference to a male subject who had taken a BMW. The reporting party was able to provide dispatch with the suspect’s direction of travel. Officers located the vehicle heading east on Apache and attempted to make a traffic stop. The suspect turned south on Auburn ignoring officers’ attempts to stop him. The suspect continued traveling south on Auburn until he crashed into a Farmington police unit at Auburn and Maple. The suspect was treated for minor injuries at the scene. The officer was not injured.

The suspect, a 30-year-old male from Colorado, was taken into custody and transported to the police department for questioning. The suspect’s name has not yet been released.


PRESS RELEASE: Homicide suspect apprehended following standoff

Farmington, NM ­– The suspect in a homicide that took place early this morning was taken into custody following a standoff with police. Officers were dispatched around 1:25 a.m. to 3001 Bloomfield Highway in reference to a male who had been stabbed in the chest. The man, later identified as 24-year-old Dion Debarry of Farmington, was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Officers at the scene learned the suspect, 40-year-old Ronnie Garcia of Farmington, fled the area toward the Rimrock Lounge. A perimeter was quickly established and after several hours of surveillance and additional investigation, FPD SWAT and negotiators were summoned. Following an almost 3 1/2-hour standoff, FPD SWAT members entered the room that Garcia was suspected to be in. He was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the police station for questioning. Garcia is being charged with murder in the second degree and tampering with evidence. This incident remains under investigation.