Suspect in weekend shooting identified

Diondre Badonie

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police identified 19-year-old Farmington resident Diondre Badonie as the man in a fatal shooting that took place early Saturday morning.

Around 12:58 am on January 22, Farmington police responded to a report of shots fired near North Butler Avenue and Orchard Homes Drive. As the officers came into the area, they heard a single gunshot. Badonie was detained as he tried to leave the area on foot while the officers searched the neighborhood. Officers located a deceased man with a single gunshot wound during their search. While detained, Badonie became combative with officers while being patted down and advised of his Miranda Rights. After investigation, Badonie was arrested for second-degree murder and two counts of battery on a peace officer.

The investigation is ongoing, and further details will be released when they’re available. The victim is not being identified right now to allow for family notification. Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call the FPD Tip Line at 505-599-1068.

Farmington police charge three in child exploitation cases

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington detectives have charged three men in connection with child exploitation. The charges come following extensive investigations into three independent cases. Twenty-nine-year-old Jarrod Velasquez and 56-year-old Dennis Showers are charged with two counts each of sexual exploitation of children, and 30-year-old Raymond Stallings III is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of children.

Over the last three months, Farmington Police Department detectives, in conjunction with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, investigated and apprehended the three individuals.FPD detectives executed approximately 45 search warrants on residences, electronic devices, and cloud-based storage. It’s unlawful for anyone to possess photos or videos depicting minors in a sexual nature. All three subjects were found to be in possession of such media. Showers and Velasquez were also found to have been collecting and sharing media involving child sexual abuse. All three subjects are currently awaiting trial.

As an affiliate member of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, it is the mission of the Farmington Police to thoroughly investigate and apprehend those within our community who prey on one of our most vulnerable populations, our children.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is encouraged to call the FPD Tip Line at 505-599-1068.

One man in custody following late-night shooting

Farmington Police Department patch

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police have a man in custody following a shooting that resulted in the death of another man in the early morning hours.

Around 12:58 am on January 22, 2022, Farmington Police Department officers responded to a report of shots fired near N. Butler Ave. and Orchard Homes Dr. As the officers came into the area, they heard a single gunshot. A man leaving on foot was detained as the officers searched the neighborhood. Officers located a deceased man with a single gunshot wound during the search.  

The investigation is ongoing, and further details will be released when they’re available. The names of the men involved in this case are not being released right now. Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call the Farmington Police Tip Line at 505-599-1068.

Man who shot Farmington officer has been arrested

Farmington, N.M. – Elias Buck was arrested early this morning in Maricopa County, Arizona. Buck shot a Farmington police officer last Friday during a DUI investigation.  A warrant was issued for his arrest on January 8 for charges of aggravated battery on a peace officer with a deadly weapon.

Just after midnight on January 14, a tip came into the Phoenix Police Department that Elias Buck and Victoria “Rossi” Hernandez were at a Quiktrip Convenience Store located at 8004 N. 27th Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona.  Officers responded and located Buck, who attempted to flee, but was quickly detained. No officers were injured during his apprehension.  Hernandez was released pending the ongoing investigation.

Buck escaped from a La Plata County jail on December 27 and shot and wounded FPD Officer Barreto on January 7. 

Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe released the following statement, “This is the culmination of a very emotional week for FPD. We look forward to working closely with the district attorney as this case moves through the courts, so we can achieve our goals of holding all people involved in this incident accountable and keeping our citizens and officers safe.”

The investigation into this incident is ongoing, and we will continue to release updates as they become available.

FPD extends its gratitude to the U.S. Marshals Service, the ATF, the FBI, New Mexico State Police, Colorado State Patrol, San Juan County, and La Plata County Sheriff’s Offices, the Durango, Aztec, and Bloomfield Police Departments, and all our law enforcement partners who assisted in the search for this suspect. FPD wants to extend a special thank you to the officers of the Phoenix Police Department who risked their safety to apprehend this dangerous criminal.

FPD also wants to thank our community leaders and citizens for their prayers and support through the past week.

Farmington police searching for man who shot officer

22-year-old Elias William Buck

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police are searching for 22-year-old Elias Buck after shooting a Farmington police officer late last night.

Around 10:18 pm on January 7, 2022, officers responded to a report of a possible drunk driver in the area of East Main Street and North Tucker Ave. One officer contacted a man, later identified as Buck, and a woman, later identified as 28-year-old Victoria “Rossi” Hernandez, walking in the area who matched the description of the occupants of the car. Buck produced a gun and fired multiple shots at the officer, hitting him. The officer returned fire and radioed for assistance.  The subjects ran away. The officer was immediately transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he is currently in stable condition.

SWAT teams from FPD, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, and New Mexico State Police searched the areas of North Tucker Avenue, North Fairview Avenue, and connecting streets between East 20th Street and East Main Street, throughout the night. They were assisted by the SJCSO helicopter and NMSP drone operators. Buck wasn’t located, and FPD is now asking the public’s assistance in finding him. 

Buck is 6’1,” approximately 185 pounds, with green eyes and blonde hair. He is dangerous and known to be armed. We ask anyone with information about Buck’s whereabouts to immediately contact their local police department or dial 911. 

The officer involved in the shooting was Joseph Barreto. Officer Barreto is 25 years old and has been with the Farmington Police Department since 2018. 

This incident remains under investigation, and further information will be provided as it becomes available.

Farmington detectives investigate shooting

Farmington, N.M – The Farmington Police Department is investigating a shooting that left two men injured. 

Around 6:30 pm on Thursday, December 16, 2021, officers responded to several reports of shots heard in the area of the 2000 block of N. Tucker Ave. On scene, officers found a 29-year-old man with a single gunshot wound to his neck. Later identified as Edgar Contreras, the man was immediately transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center and later flown to Albuquerque for treatment. At a second location, officers located a vehicle that had left the area before they arrived. A 21-year-old man, later identified as Jaydoun Williams, was found inside the car with a gunshot wound to his upper leg. Williams was transported to SJRMC, where he was treated and released. 


The incident remains under investigation, and further information will be provided as it becomes available. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the FPD Detective Tip Line at 505-599-1068.

Farmington police help relocate shelter animals saving over 30 lives

A few of the puppies FPD officers transported.

FARMINGTON, N.M. – The Farmington Police Department helped save over 30 lives last week, but these weren’t human lives; they were animals. Sergeants Travis Spruell and Martin Olsen headed to Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 20, with 20 dogs/puppies and 11 cats/kittens from the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter. The shelter was at capacity and needed to transfer the animals to the Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue in Denver, Colorado. Shelter director Stacie Voss explained, “We were completely full, and a transfer had been scheduled. However, due to an emergency, our volunteer wasn’t able to drive the animals to Denver as planned, and we couldn’t find another driver. That’s when we reached out to other City departments for help; FPD stepped right up.”

Chief Steve Hebbe said, “FPD employees care about our community, and we were pleased to help save over 30 animals. All of us can do something by adopting or by volunteering to help at the shelter. It’s a great cause, and these animals could use a friend.”

It’s common for shelters to relocate animals to other communities when they become overcrowded. The Farmington shelter has several partnering facilities in the region where they can take animals when they’re at capacity. The shelter relies on volunteers for transports. If the shelter becomes full and transferring animals isn’t an option, tough decisions have to be made. 

“I’ve always known it takes a village to care for all of these animals, but I can still be amazed at the size of that village sometimes! Thank you to FPD and sergeants Spruell and Olsen for safely getting these animals to the rescue,” said Voss.

Most of the dog kennels that were emptied from last week’s transfer have already been filled. The shelter is still limited on space for dogs. While adoptions have been steady, transfers have been limited due to a lack of volunteer drivers and full transfer partner facilities. Space for dogs at FRAS is tight, and animals are staying longer, creating a backlog.

Farmington Regional Animal Shelter wants to remind the community of the importance of spaying and neutering pets.  

Anyone who’d like to volunteer with FRAS or foster an animal can fill out an online application at fmtn.org/animalshelter.
Animals available for adoption can be found online at fmtn.org/animalshelter under adoptions or at petango.com. Adoption fee includes spay or neuter, first set of vaccines (excluding rabies), microchip and 30 days of free pet insurance by 24Petwatch.

Farmington police increase concentrated patrols in city parks

Officer Coombs (far left) and Officer Mason (far right) pose with local kids enjoying the Brookside Skate Park.

Farmington, N.M. – The Farmington Police Department has seen success with increased patrols of city parks. The increased patrols are part of larger concentrated operations implemented earlier this year to decrease crime in parks and surrounding areas. The operations are a coordinated effort by members of the SWAT Team, Impact Team, and Real Time Crime Center.

Earlier this year, FPD started concentrated operations at Brookside Park after seeing an uptick in calls for service to the area. Recognizing that families and teens typically frequent the park, FPD responded to the concerning new trend with a targeted operation of strategic traffic and foot patrols, conducted every Friday and Saturday from 7 pm until 11 pm for the entire month of August. The Brookside Park Operation resulted in 24 total arrests, including four DWIs, nine warrants, and seven liquor violations. Overall, these strategic efforts increased park safety for individuals and families.

Concentrated operations started at  Berg Park and along the riverwalk on October 8 and will continue in the coming weeks. The first operation resulted in 10 arrests, including four warrants and three liquor violations. Officers and the RTCC will continue to work together throughout the current operation to make this another successful patrol. FPD is dedicated to a safe community and encourages citizens to safely enjoy our city’s many outdoor amenities.

Students charged for making school threats

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police are pursuing charges on two students planning an attack at Farmington High School, and a third is being investigated. A student reported the plan to a school administrator who then reported it to police.

At around 2:21 pm on September 24, a school resource officer responded to the assistant principal’s office for a report of a 15-year-old male student suspected of planning a school shooting. The student had a drawn map of the school and written plans for a shooting. Through investigation, the SRO identified another student, a 15-year-old female, who had contributed to the plan and possibly a third student, another 15-year-old male.

The map detailed a specific date the students wanted to carry out the plan and listed items they needed to gather. The investigating SRO spoke with the students’ guardians and confirmed they didn’t have access to any firearms in their homes. 

The officer worked with the Juvenile Probation Office to charge two of the students with conspiracy to commit aggravated battery. The incident remains under investigation.

Farmington Police Department Chief Steve Hebbe said this about the incident, “FPD’s cooperative relationship with Farmington Municipal Schools proved essential in this situation. We’re grateful to the student who reported this early so that school staff and our officers could intervene. This is a perfect example of how we work as a community to keep our kids safe in Farmington.” 

“The safety of our students and staff is our most important priority. Farmington Municipal Schools takes these incidents seriously and collaborates with our law enforcement partners to keep the community safe. This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of how we look out for one another and how when we see something, we say something,” said Dr. Eugene Schmidt, Superintendent of Farmington Municipal Schools.

FPD and FMS encourage students and parents or guardians to report anything they feel is suspicious to school administrators or officers. Anyone who would like to submit an anonymous tip about safety concerns at a Farmington school can do so through the Say Something app or website at p3campus.com.

Farmington police arrest man after standoff

Aaron Carrasco

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police have one man in custody after a standoff that began at 8:30 am today. Aaron Carrasco, 21, of Farmington, is charged with aggravated burglary, larceny of a firearm, and several other charges. 

At approximately 8:30 am on August 20, 2021, a man reported that someone he didn’t know was inside his residence in the 1300 block of Utton Ln. The subject inside the home matched Carrasco’s description, whom officers searched for the previous day. Through investigation, officers found that Carrasco was possibly armed with a firearm. Negotiators and the SWAT team responded to assist with the situation. Carrasco spoke with negotiators over the phone, exited the residence, and was taken into custody peacefully at around 11:29 am.

Carrasco is also the suspect in the larceny of a firearm the day before, August 19, 2021. At approximately 7:52 am, it was reported that he was in the area of 16th St and N Fairview Ave and had stolen a firearm. As officers attempted to contact Carrasco, he fled on foot with the gun visible. Officers and K9s searched the area until around 11:42 am but were unable to locate Carrasco. Carrasco had several outstanding warrants, including felon in possession of a firearm. 

Farmington Police Department would like to thank Farmington Municipal Schools for quickly placing the nearby Animas Elementary School in a preventative lockdown on both days. Thank you to the citizens of Farmington for understanding the traffic restrictions in the area during these incidents. Both of these incidents are still under investigation, and no further details will be released right now. Anyone with more information about either of these situations is asked to call our FPD Tip Line at 505-599-1068