PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police are taking a proactive approach to combating property crime

Farmington, NM ­- The Farmington Police Department is working to combat property crime with a newly implemented program – impact teams. The teams are led by a corporal and comprised of one member of each of the following divisions: patrol, detectives, District Coordinator Unit, and traffic. Their monthly operations are carried out using a data-driven approach to decrease crime in problem areas. Target crimes include residential burglary, auto burglary and shoplifting. The team chooses a specific crime and location according to data provided by FPD’s crime analyst. “Property crimes are among some of the most difficult to investigate and incredibly frustrating for our citizens,” said Capt. Dowdy. “By taking a proactive, data-driven approach to these types of crimes, we hope to greatly reduce the number of occurrences.”

The impact team’s initial operation took place in September 2017; they’ve since conducted five successful operations. December’s operation targeted shoplifting at select major retail stores and resulted in 23 arrests; the highest number thus far. Of those arrests, 19 were from warrants, 11 from shoplifting charges, four trespassing charges, seven drug-related charges and one open container charge. The team’s most recent operation took place in January and focused on burglaries in known problem areas; six arrests and three citations were issued. Of those arrests, two were of individuals who had warrants for burglary.

The program’s overall success will be measured by the number of arrests made in addition to whether or not target crimes in specific areas decrease. “The safety and well-being of the community are of the utmost importance to FPD,” said Capt. Dowdy. “We will continue to monitor crime trends, analyze the effectiveness of this new program and adjust our approach to addressing these crimes as appropriate.”

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PRESS RELEASE: Farmington Police Department is working to improve communication with crime victims, open call-in event this Thursday

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department is working to better inform crime victims of the status of their cases. Being the victim of a crime can be a stressful time; not knowing the status of a case can add to that stress. We recognize this frustrating position and know it’s an area citizens would like us to improve.

This Thursday, February 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., our detective division will hold an open call-in event. The purpose of this event is to provide an opportunity for members of the community to call and inquire about the status of any case(s) they may have questions about and/or to relay any new information that may have developed.  Many of our cases are property crimes, which are difficult to solve. We want citizens to know where we are with those cases and for them to relay any new information. Not all cases are assigned to detectives; however, if a citizen calls about a case that is being handled by a patrol officer, we will still provide an update on that case.

Anyone with questions or new information regarding their case is advised to call the Farmington Police Department Detective Division at (505) 599-1005 on Thursday, February 8th, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This does not preclude inquiries outside of this time period; however, on this date, citizens can expect their cases to be promptly and thoroughly reviewed by a detective and/or detective supervisor with timely feedback provided. Inquiring citizens must be directly related to the investigation(s) they are seeking information about.

PRESS RELEASE: Student charged for writing threatening message on school wall

Farmington, NM – Earlier today, Farmington police were made aware of a threatening message written in the boys’ bathroom at Piedra Vista High School. The message stated, “A shooting will happen tomorrow.” Staff found the graffitti and alerted authorities. An investigation immediately began and detectives were able to identify the suspect, a 16-year-old student who attends PVHS. The student is being charged with four counts of criminal damage to property and one count of disrupting the educational process. He is being detained by Juvenile Probation and will be transported to the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Choices: an inspirational presentation

Choose pride. Choose success. Choose Yourself. Don’t choose a gang.

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Farmington, NM –Jorge Cuevas, gang survivor, is working to inspire others to choose life over a gang. Cuevas joined a gang when he was 14 years old. At the age of 17, he was shot which caused him to lose the use of his legs. Tragedy struck again when Cuevas’ younger brother was murdered. On January 18, Cuevas will share his inspirational story of how, after a decade, he left the gang to pursue a better life.

This free event is open to the public and will take place at the Sycamore Park Community Center from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The Farmington Police Department Gang Unit will give an overview of the history of gangs and the psychology behind membership.

*Media is welcome to attend.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Update on officer involved shooting

Farmington, NM – Yesterday at approximately 6:19 p.m. a Farmington police officer was sitting at a traffic light at McCormick School Road and Broadway when he heard a female screaming for help. The female was a passenger in a truck that was traveling on Broadway toward Bloomfield Highway. The officer attempted to stop the truck, but the driver took immediate evasive action and sped off. The truck was weaving in and out of traffic and passed a vehicle on the shoulder of the road. The driver eventually turned onto Riverstone Road and turned off his lights. As the officer turned onto Riverstone, the truck again drove off at a slow speed, eventually coming to a stop a short distance ahead. Prior to the truck coming to a stop, a female either fell or jumped out of the passenger side and fell to the ground. The male driver then exited the vehicle.

The subsequent events leading to the officer discharging his firearm are under investigation by New Mexico State Police. They have identified the driver as 35-year-old Frankie Anchondo of Farmington. State Police have several witness statements, videos, audio recordings as well as scene reconstruction to analyze. When they have concluded their investigation, the case will be forwarded to the Eleventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Farmington for review. We will update the community as more information becomes available.

Chief Hebbe expressed his condolences for everyone affected by this incident, “This is a terrible event especially this time of year and during a period when our community has already dealt with so much. Any loss of life is a tragedy, particularly for family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved.”

PRESS RELEASE: COLD CASE, Missing Person

Seeking information on the disappearance of 83-year-old Lynn Goldin

Farmington, NM – Detectives with the Farmington Police Department are reaching out to the community for assistance in locating missing person, Lynn R. Goldin. In August of 2016, Lynn, 83, left his home in Vancouver, Wash. bound for Hogback, N.M. in search of treasure. He hasn’t been seen since. At the time of his disappearance, Lynn was described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 220 lbs. He had a white beard, short grey/white hair and no tattoos or scars. Lynn would have been wearing a hat of some type, loose fitting pants and always wore a Black Hills Gold crucifix.  He was driving his grey 2006 Hummer H2 with a personalized Washington license plate: GOLDIN2.
Aaron Goldin, Lynn’s son, explained that his father loved to travel to different states and prospect for treasure. Aaron said it wasn’t his father’s first trip to the area as he and Lynn previously traveled to Hogback. They explored the mesas and canyons north of PNM Power Plant in search of unclaimed treasures. Aaron spoke with his dad on August 29 when his dad told him he was headed to New Mexico, but when his father hadn’t checked in with him by September 10 and he was unable to reach him by phone, he contacted the Farmington Police Department for assistance.

It was confirmed that Lynn arrived in Farmington. He made a purchase at Walmart on West Main Street on September 1 and a short time later purchased fuel at the Circle W on U.S. Highway 64 in Waterflow. Lynn hasn’t been seen or heard from since. His vehicle hasn’t been found and there’s been no activity on his credit card.

On September 22, 2016, Aaron and Brian Goldin, Lynn’s grandson, traveled to New Mexico to conduct a search. They rented an airplane and coordinated assistance with the New Mexico Badlands Search and Rescue Team Inc. but were unsuccessful in locating any signs of him. Extensive follow up has been conducted in efforts to locate Lynn and his vehicle with no success.

Farmington detectives are asking anyone with information about Lynn R. Goldin and/or his vehicle 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.

*Attached is a photo of Lynn Goldin and a stock photo of the type of vehicle he was driving.

PRESS RELEASE: Request for public’s assistance

Farmington, NM – On Friday, December 1 at approximately 7:49 p.m. Farmington police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Laguna Avenue in reference to a man lying in the road. First responders arrived and found the man to be deceased. He has been identified as 49-year-old Calvert Benally of Farmington. Witnesses informed police that Benally had been walking in the area with a man and woman. The two individuals left before police arrived.

Farmington police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the two individuals who were walking with Benally. Anyone with information may call the Detective Division at 599-1005. Anonymous tips may be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 334-TIPS.