PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police arrest Flora Vista man for aggravated burglary

Farmington, NM – Farmington police arrested 43-year-old Ronnie James of Flora Vista on charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated assault with a firearm, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and criminal damage to property.

The charges stem from an incident on October 26 when James broke into 4 States Auto Center on East Main in Farmington and took a vehicle from the property. Police were dispatched to the business at approximately 9:47 p.m. in reference to a man, later identified as James, armed with a gun. Officers arrived and found a broken window on the east side of the building. The reporting party informed officers he had returned to the business after running errands and saw James coming out of the back door of the building. James pointed a gun at the employee and verbally threatened him. He was also holding a bank bag containing keys to vehicles on the lot. Prior to police arriving, James fled the area in a yellow Mustang belonging to the dealership. The owners of the business arrived shortly after and reported additional items had been taken. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office located James and the yellow Mustang in mid-November.

On November 22, detectives with the Farmington Police Department interviewed James regarding the October 26 incident. On November 28, detectives obtained a warrant for for his arrest on charges of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a firearm, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and criminal damage to property. James was served with the warrant the same day at the San Juan County Detention Center where he had been previously booked on other charges.

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PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man arrested for armed robbery, aggravated burglary

Farmington, NM – Farmington police were dispatched to San Juan Regional Medical Center around 1:00 p.m. on Monday in reference to a stabbing. Officers arrived and learned 33-year-old Pete Kimbell had been stabbed multiple times by 34-year-old Derek James. James and another male, whose identity is unknown, entered Kimbell’s home in the 2300 block of West Apache and attacked him. During the encounter, James punched Kimbell and stabbed him multiple times with a knife. The two men took an unspecified amount of money and jewelry from Kimbell’s residence before leaving. After the men left, Kimbell flagged down a man outside his house and requested to be taken to the hospital where he was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police located James at his home in Farmington. He was arrested and charged with armed robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated battery. He is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond.

FPD is still searching for the other suspect who is described as a bald Native American male in his late 30s. Anyone with information about this incident may call San Juan County Crime Stoppers at (505) 334-TIPS.

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police respond to two burglaries over the weekend, suspects in custody

Farmington, NM – Farmington police responded to two burglaries over the weekend and apprehended suspects in both cases. The incidents took place on Friday, February 19. At approximately 4:20 p.m. officers were dispatched to a residence on Marseille Boulevard in reference to a burglary. The reporting party advised officers that he had left his home in the morning and when he returned he found that someone entered his residence and took his firearm. A witness informed officers that he saw the suspect acting suspicious outside the home and went over to confront him. The suspect became aggressive toward the man and threatened him before leaving. The witness was able to identify the suspect as a 16-year-old male who also lives in the area. Officers made contact with the suspect in a vehicle where the stolen firearm was recovered.

The suspect was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, retaining stolen property, unlawful possession of a handgun by a person less than 19 years of age, resisting an officer, assault and criminal damage to property. He is being held at the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center.

At approximately 11:20 p.m. officers were dispatched to Radio Shack on East Main Street in reference to an alarm. The first officer arrived on scene and found several glass doors and a window had been shattered. He looked inside the building and saw an individual pulling items from one of the shelves. Additional officers arrived on scene and set up a perimeter around the building. The suspect exited the store carrying a bag full of merchandise.

The suspect was identified as 20-year-old Kelsey Collins from Kirtland. Collins was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property, breaking and entering, larceny and burglary. She is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

Community Update

VIDEO PRESS RELEASE: Church burglary suspect arrested

November 4, 2014

This community update was recorded courtesy of San Juan Safe Communities Initiative. Working together to keep our community a safe place to live, work and play.

Farmington, NM – At approximately 12:56 a.m. today, Farmington police were dispatched to Crossroads Community Church on North Butler in reference to an alarm. When police arrived, they learned that one of the church’s windows had been broken. Officers, along with a K9 unit, conducted a search of the building and surrounding area. While they were searching, a nearby resident flagged down one of the officers and informed him that an unknown subject had just fled from his backyard. The subject, later identified as 23-year-old Nathaniel Silversmith, was located in front of a home on Mossman Drive. Police questioned Silversmith and a detective was called out to help process the scene. Silversmith was arrested and charged with burglary, larceny, criminal damage to property and criminal trespass. He is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $10,900 bond.