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: Farmington police to host annual Christmas food drive

FPD Christmas Food Drive 2018Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department will host their annual Christmas food drive on December 15 and 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Albertsons in Farmington. They’ll be accepting monetary and non-perishable food donations as well as turkeys and hams. The department has hosted the drive for over 12 years. Farmington police Lieutenant Matt Veith has been organizing the event since 2006 and expressed his appreciation for the community’s generosity, “This event has been a success year after year because of the wonderful people of San Juan County. We see people from all walks of life coming in to donate; some who are experiencing struggles of their own. That speaks volumes of the individuals who comprise our community.”

Donations will be distributed on Monday, December 17 to Catholics Charities, the Children Youth and Families Department’s Juvenile Services, Navajo Ministries, PATH Homeless Shelter and the Family Crisis Center Emergency Shelter.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating early morning stabbing

Farmington, NM – Farmington police have issued a warrant for 24-year-old Ryan Lowe following an incident that occurred early this morning. Officers were dispatched around 3:25 a.m. to the Coronado Apartments in reference to a stabbing. Officers arrived on scene and found a 30-year-old female with a laceration to her neck. The female was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center with multiple puncture wounds to her back, a laceration to her neck and a partially severed finger. Through investigation, officers identified Lowe as the suspect and learned he is an acquaintance who occasionally stays at the apartment. A warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence. The incident remains under investigation at this time. The female remains at SJRMC in stable condition. Anyone with information on Lowe’s whereabouts may call non-emergency dispatch at 334-6622.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Suspect in Brookside shooting arrested

Farmington, NM – A suspect in the shooting that occurred October 26 at Brookside Park was arrested over the weekend. A warrant was issued Friday for 18-year-old D’Jali Smith of Farmington on charges of two counts aggravated battery great bodily harm and two counts aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Smith was arrested on Sunday in Colorado by Cortez police. Details about the case are not being released at this time as the investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident should call the Farmington Police Department Detective Tip Hotline at 599-1068.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:Colorado man charged with armed robbery and auto theft

Farmington, NM – Farmington police have charged 30-year-old Cody Dimuccio of Pagosa, Colo. with armed robbery and unlawful taking of a vehicle following two incidents that occurred earlier today. Officers were dispatched around 10:42 a.m. to the Family Dollar located at 909 E. Farmington Ave. in reference to an armed robbery. Through investigation, officers learned that Dimuccio entered the store and waited for customers to leave before taking an undisclosed amount of money and fleeing the scene. While inside the store, Dimuccio fired one shot. No one was injured during the incident. Dimuccio was seen leaving the area in a gold 2005 Chevy Impala. The vehicle was listed as stolen out of Colorado.

At approximately 12:05 p.m. today, dispatch received a call from Great Buy Auto Sales located at 942 E. Main St. in reference to a male subject, identified as Dimuccio, who had taken a BMW. The reporting party followed Dimuccio while on the phone with dispatch. Officers located the vehicle heading east on Apache and attempted to make a traffic stop. Dimuccio turned south on Auburn and was driving erratically, ignoring officers’ attempts to stop him. Dimuccio continued traveling south on Auburn, and in the course of the pursuit, an FPD unit collided with the suspect vehicle at Auburn and Maple. Dimuccio was treated for minor injuries at the scene. The officer was not injured.

Dimuccio was transported to Farmington Police Department for questioning and subsequently charged with armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, out of state fugitive, felon in possession and aggravated fleeing.

Dimuccio will also be booked on three outstanding warrants out of Colorado, one out of Kentucky and one out of San Juan County.

PRESS RELEASE: Armed robbery suspect in custody

Farmington, NM – Farmington police apprehended the suspect in a robbery that took place around 10:40 this morning at the Family Dollar located at 909 E. Farmington Ave. The suspect fired one shot inside the store and left with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured during the incident. A person of interest was identified early on in the investigation.

At approximately 12:05 p.m. today, dispatch received a call from Great Buy Auto Sales located at 942 E. Main St. in reference to a male subject who had taken a BMW. The reporting party was able to provide dispatch with the suspect’s direction of travel. Officers located the vehicle heading east on Apache and attempted to make a traffic stop. The suspect turned south on Auburn ignoring officers’ attempts to stop him. The suspect continued traveling south on Auburn until he crashed into a Farmington police unit at Auburn and Maple. The suspect was treated for minor injuries at the scene. The officer was not injured.

The suspect, a 30-year-old male from Colorado, was taken into custody and transported to the police department for questioning. The suspect’s name has not yet been released.