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.

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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.

PRESS RELEASE: Update on homicide suspect Pedro Lucero

Farmington, NM – Homicide suspect Pedro Lucero was located Tuesday by U.S. Marshals in Mesa, Ariz. after receiving information obtained through a ping warrant from Farmington police detectives.  During the apprehension he was shot and killed. Lucero had a warrant on charges of Murder in the First Degree for a shooting that took place in Farmington on August 1 claiming the life of 24-year-old Francine Delgado and injuring Rebecca Jacquez.

Farmington detectives are still seeking Miguel Hernandez for questioning. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call their local law enforcement.

Original press release on homicide can be read here.

PRESS RELEASE: Warrant issued for suspect in Wednesday morning homicide, police also seeking person of interest

Pedro Lucero 3Farmington, NM – Farmington police have identified a suspect in the homicide that occurred early Wednesday morning and are also seeking a person of interest. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant yesterday for 41-year-old Pedro “Peter” Lucero of Albuquerque on charges of Murder in the First Degree (open charge, a 1st degree felony and capital offense), Shooting from a Motor Vehicle (resulting in great bodily harm, a 2nd degree Felony) and Possession of a firearm or Destructive Device by a Felon (a 4th degree felony).

Officers were dispatched around 12:58 a.m. Wednesday to the 1100 block of South Bowen in reference to shots fired. At approximately 1:01 a.m. San Juan Regional Medical Center security called dispatch to report a woman with a gunshot wound had been dropped off at the emergency room. The woman, later identified as 24-year-old Francine Delgado of Farmington, was shot in the lower back and succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. Around 1:46 a.m. a second woman, identified as 28-year-old Rebecca Jacquez of Farmington, was dropped off at the emergency room with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her buttock. She was treated and discharged from the hospital.

Through investigation detectives learned Lucero fired multiple rounds at the back of an SUV occupied by multiple individuals including Delgado and Jacquez. Specific details surrounding the event are not being released at this time as this remains an ongoing investigation.

Police are actively searching for Lucero who may be in Farmington but is believed to be in the Albuquerque area and possibly headed to Mexico.

Although not a suspect, detectives are seeking an interview with Miguel (Mikey) Hernandez, 27, of Farmington who is believed to be with Lucero at this time.

Lucero also has an active federal probation violation warrant related to charges on methamphetamine trafficking and a felony warrant out of Bernalillo Metro Court for breaking and entering.

Anyone with information on the subjects’ whereabouts is asked to their local dispatch center.

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PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating homicide

Farmington, NM – Detectives with the Farmington Police Department are investigating a homicide that occurred early this morning. Officers were dispatched around 12:58 a.m. to the 1100 block of South Bowen in reference to shots fired. At approximately 1:01 a.m. San Juan Regional Medical Center security called dispatch to report a woman with a gunshot wound had been dropped off at the emergency room. The woman, later identified as 24-year-old Francine Delgado of Farmington, was shot in the lower back and succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. Around 1:46 a.m. a second woman, identified as 28-year-old Rebecca Jacquez of Farmington, was dropped off at the emergency room with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her buttock. She was treated and discharged from the hospital.

This incident remains under investigation. Additional details will be released as they become available. Anyone with information may call the FPD Detective Division at 599-1005.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police revisit cold case homicide, asking for public’s assistance

Composite Sketch
Composite Sketch

Farmington, NM – Detectives with the Farmington Police Department are seeking information about a cold case homicide that took place nearly eight and a half years ago. On October 21, 2009 around 12:54 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area west of the Auburn Trailer Park located at 951 N. Auburn, in reference to a found body. Officers responded to the area and discovered a partially submerged adult male in the shallow brook west of the park. The male victim was quickly identified by family members who were on scene as 37-year-old Nathaniel Robert Morgan. The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator ruled Morgan’s manner of death as a homicide. It was apparent that he’d been involved in some type of physical altercation prior to his death.

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Nathaniel Morgan

The last time Morgan was seen alive was the afternoon of October 20, 2009 when he was sitting on a lawn chair drinking by the stream with an unknown friend. The friend was described as a male, 25-to-35 years of age, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 170 pounds with a shaved head.  Witnesses met with a forensic artist within days and a composite sketch was drawn and released to the media. The sketch generated numerous tips, which detectives followed up on. However, all leads were exhausted.

Farmington detectives are asking anyone with information about the altercation that occurred with Mr. Morgan or who recognize the composite sketch to call Detective Heather Chavez at 566-2370 or non-emergency dispatch at 334-6622. Anonymous tips may be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 334-TIPS.