PRESS RELEASE: Two more suspects identified in recent bomb threats

Farmington, NM – Farmington police have identified two more suspects in the bomb threats that occurred over the past week. Detectives recently learned that an 8-year-old female student was responsible for the threats on December 14 and 16 at Apache Elementary. Due to her age, the student will receive in-school disciplinary action and will be placed in counseling services.

A Farmington High School student was found to be responsible for writing a bomb related message on a whiteboard in a classroom. The incident occurred on December 15. The message was in reference to a bomb but was not a threat. The 17-year-old male student has been charged with interference of the educational process, a petty misdemeanor.

Detectives are still investigating the other threats. There is a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information should contact San Juan County Crime Stoppers at (505) 334-TIPS.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating multiple bomb threats

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are investigating multiple bomb threats that occurred over the past week and one before Thanksgiving. There were a total of eight threats, including six at Farmington schools, one at the mall and one at the Walmart on East Main Street. Farmington Police Department’s Detective Division is reviewing video and conducting follow-up on leads.

Chief Steve Hebbe emphasized the seriousness of the issue, “These threats are disruptive to the educational process and cost the city thousands of dollars in resources in addition to the loss of revenue for businesses. We strongly encourage anyone with information to come forward.”

Farmington police are looking at a variety of state and federal charges and will be working with the District Attorney’s Office and the FBI to determine what is most appropriate. “We are seeking to prosecute these individuals criminally, which can include restitution and attempts to recoup all costs accrued by the threats,” said Chief Hebbe.

A $2,500 reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to an arrest. The reward includes contributions from the City of Farmington ($1,000), San Juan County Crime Stoppers ($500), San Juan County ($500) and a private business ($500). Tips must be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at (505) 334-TIPS, online at sjccrimestoppers.org, via text by sending TIP367 plus your detailed tip to CRIMES (274637) or through FPD’s mobile app.