PRESS RELEASE: Suspect in early morning homicide charged

Farmington, NM – Eagles Kassanavoid, 20 of Farmington, has been charged in connection with the death of 30-year-old Antonio Coochwikvia. Farmington police were dispatched around 3:29 this morning to an apartment complex located at 905 Walnut Dr. in reference to a stabbing. Officers arrived and found Coochwikvia outside the complex with an apparent stab wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Through investigation, officers were quickly able to identify Kassanavoid as the suspect. He was located several hours later at a residence in west Farmington and taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. Kassanavoid was booked into the San Juan County Detention Center on an open count of homicide, tampering with evidence and resisting and obstructing.

This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Farmington Detective Tip Hotline at (505) 599-1068.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man taken into custody following early morning homicide

Farmington, NM – A Farmington man has been taken into custody following a homicide that took place early this morning. Farmington police were dispatched around 3:29 a.m. to an apartment complex located at 905 Walnut Dr. in reference to a stabbing. Officers arrived and found a man outside the complex with an apparent stab wound. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Through investigation, officers were quickly able to identify a suspect. He was located several hours later at a residence in west Farmington and taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. This incident remains under investigation. Additional details will be released when they become available.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Farmington Police Department Detective Tip Hotline at 599-1068.

PRESS RELEASE: Suspect in fatal shooting arrested

Farmington, NM – A Farmington man has been arrested in connection to a fatal shooting that took place last Tuesday. Isiah Ontiveros, 18, turned himself in this morning around 10:45 at the Farmington Police Department.

Officers were dispatched around 6:48 p.m. on March 5 to the 300 block of North Monterey Ave. in reference to a possible shooting. When they arrived on scene, officers found local residents administering CPR to a gunshot victim, later identified as 31-year-old Nathaniel Tracy of Farmington. Tracy was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center by EMS and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Detectives, FPD Gang Unit investigators and crime scene investigators responded to the scene. Through investigation Ontiveros was identified as a suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest for one open count of homicide and two counts of tampering with evidence. He was arrested on the warrant and booked into the San Juan County Detention Center.

Additional details of the homicide are still under investigation. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is encouraged to call dispatch at 334-6622 or the FPD Detective Tip Hotline at 599-1068.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating fatal shooting

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred yesterday evening. Officers were dispatch around 6:48 p.m. to the 300 block of North Monterey Ave. in reference to a possible shooting. Officers arrived on scene and found local residents administering CPR to a gunshot victim, later identified as 31-year-old Nathaniel Tracy of Farmington. Tracy was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center by EMS and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Detectives, FPD Gang Unit investigators and crime scene investigators responded to the shooting and are currently working on the incident.  Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call dispatch at 334-6622 or the FPD Detective Tip Hotline at 599-1068.

PRESS RELEASE: Homicide suspect arrested

Farmington, NM – Farmington police arrested 24-year-old Raheem Benally of Farmington in connection with a homicide that took place yesterday. Officers were dispatched around 6:19 last night to Brothers Avenue in reference to a man, later identified as 37-year-old Philbert Vanwinkle of Farmington, lying in the road. The reporting party informed dispatch the man was bleeding and didn’t appear to be breathing. Officers arrived on scene and found Vanwinkle to be deceased with apparent multiple stab wounds. Two persons of interest were initially detained for questioning and then released. Benally was later identified as the suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of second degree murder and tampering with evidence. Detectives learned he was in the Shiprock area and obtained an extradition warrant approved by the Navajo Nation. Farmington police took Benally into custody without incident around 7:00 this evening. He was transported to the San Juan County Detention Center where he was booked on the warrant.

The Farmington Police Department would like to thank the Navajo Police Department and Navajo Nation prosecutors for their assistance.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating homicide

Farmington, NM – Farmington police were dispatched around 6:19 this evening to Brothers Avenue in reference to a man laying in the road. The reporting party informed dispatch the man was bleeding and didn’t appear to be breathing. Officers arrived on scene and found the man to be deceased. Two persons of interest who were in the area have been detained for questioning. The incident is being investigated as a homicide. We’ll continue to provide updates as they become available.

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.