Farmington police arrest man following stabbing

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police arrested a man following a stabbing outside the Animas Valley Mall yesterday evening.

Around 6 p.m. on February 22, 2021, security officers for the business called for police to assist them with a man threatening others with a knife. Later identified as 46-year-old Raymond Willie, the man had been aggressive with other customers and security while inside the mall. Willie purchased a knife from a business and then exited the mall and began threatening bystanders. Security approached Willie and contacted the police for assistance. Before officers arrived, a citizen attempted to help the security guard disarm the man by approaching Willie from behind and wrapping his arms around him. Security pepper-sprayed Willie as he began to stab the citizen who was assisting. Officers arrived and immediately began rendering aid to the citizen and disarming and detaining Willie. The citizen was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he was treated and is now in stable condition. Raymond Willie is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Multiple law enforcement agencies assist in locating kidnapped child

Farmington, N.M – Several law enforcement agencies assisted Farmington police in locating a 3-year-old child earlier this morning.  

On February 3, 2021, around 6:30 p.m. Destinee Sweeney and her girlfriend had a verbal altercation in the Walmart parking lot on E. Main St., resulting in her partner walking away from the vehicle for a few minutes. Sweeney drove away with her girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter, Ava Spicer. After attempting to persuade Sweeney to return the child for some time, Spicer’s mother contacted Farmington police at approximately 8:17 p.m. Officers obtained information on the child, Sweeney, and the vehicle they were last seen in and issued an attempt to locate. After Sweeney made statements threatening the child’s safety, New Mexico State Police issued an Amber Alert. Through investigation, officers gained information on Sweeney and the child’s possible location at a house on County Road 4029 in the Middle Mesa area of Navajo Lake. San Juan County Sheriff’s Office deputies, NMSP, and FPD officers responded to the area. Working together, they were able to locate Ava Spicer safely and arrest Sweeney around 2:19 a.m. Sweeney was charged with kidnapping and intimidation of a witness. 

Farmington Police Department thanks SJCSO, NMSP,  La Plata County Colorado Sheriff’s Office, and Southern Ute Police Department for their assistance in bringing this incident to a peaceful resolution.

Farmington police searching for teen suspected in auto theft

Farmington, N.M – Farmington police are searching for 18-year-old Alex Arnold of Farmington in relation to a stolen auto case.

On January 28, 2021, around 7:46 a.m. a woman reported her car had been stolen from her driveway on Hopi St. She had left the vehicle running to warm up for approximately four minutes, and when she returned it was gone. Officers scoured the area but were unable to locate it. Later that same day, around 1:05 p.m., a San Juan County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted the stolen vehicle while patrolling. The driver of the car, later identified as Arnold, attempted to evade the deputy. An FPD sergeant saw the vehicle a few minutes later running a red light and driving recklessly. The sergeant activated his emergency lights to attempt to pull the car over, when it parked in an apartment complex parking lot. Arnold and a female got out of the vehicle and began running in opposite directions. Officers weren’t able to locate Arnold in the area. Arnold has a warrant on charges of receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer, tampering with evidence, possession of burglary tools, and other charges. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Alex Arnold is encouraged to call non-emergency dispatch at 505-334-6622.

Farmington police identify man in officer involved shooting

Farmington, N.M. – Today, Farmington police identified the man who was shot Wednesday, January 20, as 46-year-old Humberto Vasquez from Farmington.

On January 20, around 9:47 a.m., the Farmington Police Department responded to a man, later identified as Vasquez, armed with a gun breaking into neighboring apartments and battering residents in the 1000 block of Glade Lane. As officers arrived, Vasquez barricaded himself inside his apartment and began breaking out the windows. He eventually tossed a gun and magazine out of one of the broken windows and started to pour gasoline over himself and the inside of the apartment. Officers began evacuating the neighboring apartments and continued to negotiate with him. Vasquez stepped out of the apartment and threw a bottle containing gas at the officers before going back inside. Later, he exited the apartment again, and as he threw a Molotov cocktail at them officers fired. Officers immediately rendered aid to him and called for paramedics. He was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he is now  stable and recovering. There were no other injuries at the scene. The Farmington Fire Department quickly mitigated the fire hazards at the location.

The incident remains under investigation, and further information will be provided as it becomes available. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, the primary investigating agency, at 505-334-6107.

Farmington police looking for suspected arsonist

Farmington police are searching for 38-year-old Daryl Levi in connection to a string of fires.  Thirteen dumpster fires and one vehicle fire occurred between December 17, 2020, and January 11, 2021. Farmington Fire Department fire investigators and FPD detectives found them to be arson. Five of the dumpster fires took place on the evening of January 11, 2021, beginning around 9:19 p.m.

Investigators identified Levi as the suspect through business surveillance and body camera footage from officers who contacted him near the fires on January 11. A warrant was subsequently issued for Daryl Levi for five counts of arson.

The nine other fires remain under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Farmington Police Department Tip Line at 505-599-1068.

Farmington police involved in shooting

Farmington, N.M. – The San Juan County Regional Officer Involved Shooting Task Force is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred this morning.

Around 9:47 a.m., the Farmington Police Department responded to a man armed with a gun breaking into neighboring apartments and battering residents in the 1000 block of Glade Lane. As officers arrived, the man barricaded himself inside his apartment and began breaking out the windows. The man eventually tossed a gun and magazine out of one of the broken windows and started to pour gasoline over himself and the inside of the apartment. Officers began evacuating the neighboring apartments and continued to negotiate with the man. The man stepped out of the apartment and threw a gas bottle at the officers before going back inside. Later, he exited the apartment again, and as the man threw a Molotov cocktail at them officers fired. Officers immediately rendered aid to the man and called for paramedics. He was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center and is currently being treated. There were no other injuries at the scene. The Farmington Fire Department quickly mitigated the fire hazards at the location.  

The incident remains under investigation, and further information will be provided as it becomes available. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, the primary investigating agency, at 505-334-6107.

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The San Juan County Regional Officer Involved Shooting Task Force is comprised of investigators from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, and the Farmington, Aztec, and Bloomfield Police Departments. The task force works in a coordinated effort to thoroughly investigate officer involved shootings of San Juan County law enforcement agencies. 

Farmington Police Department’s Reverse Trick or Treating

Farmington, N.M. – The Farmington Police Department is bringing a fun, new Halloween activity to the community — reverse trick-or-treating! Parents can download and print FPD’s pumpkin coloring page at fpdnm.org or pick up a copy in FPD’s lobby Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Kids are invited to use their imaginations to create spooktacular jack-o’-lanterns then hang them on their front door.  While Farmington police officers are out patrolling, they’ll also be hunting for those pumpkins! The officers will leave a bag of treats and a sticker on each pumpkin they find.

Chief Hebbe explained, “Halloween looks a little different this year due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean it’s been canceled or we can’t have fun. It’s important for our community to continue to be positive for our kids and show them that we can still have a fun and memorable time.”  

Farmington officers will be delivering goodies to homes displaying their decorated pumpkins from Wednesday, October 28, until Wednesday, November 4.  FPD asks that everyone only decorates one pumpkin per child in the house, so they’re able to get treat bags to as many children as possible. 

The community’s safety is of the utmost importance to FPD, therefore, candy deliveries will include little to no contact, and FPD employees and volunteers will prepare all treat bags in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices.

For citizens who live in more rural areas, FPD is asking them to bring their decorated pumpkins into the police department lobby at 900 Municipal Dr.

And don’t forget to show off those decorated pumpkins! FPD wants to see them posted on social media with the hashtag #FPDpumpkins! For questions or concerns, please contact Public Information Officer Nicole Brown at nbrown@fmtn.org.

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Farmington police file charges on two juveniles for several property crimes

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington detectives are working with the Juvenile Probation Office to file charges on two juveniles for recent burglaries and other property crimes. The two teens, 13 and 15-year-olds, were identified through surveillance footage at several of the businesses.

Around 1:20 a.m. on October 8, 2020, officers responded to an alarm call at a business on Auburn Ave. to find the front door of the building standing open. While processing the scene, officers obtained a surveillance video of two subjects inside the store. Officers were able to identify one of the video subjects and match him to another surveillance video of property damage at an elementary school. Detectives contacted the parents, and the juvenile identified. Through investigation, the second subject was identified, and his parents were contacted. Detectives found the juveniles were connected to seven different burglaries and property damage crimes.

  Farmington detectives are still investigating these cases. Further details will be released at a later time.

Farmington police arrest man involved in fatal crash

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police have arrested a man involved in a deadly crash early Wednesday, October 7, 2020. 39-year-old Brad Harris is charged with Homicide by Motor Vehicle, Hit and Run Involving Death, and DWI.

Around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a report of a body near 20th St. and Brookside Dr. On arrival, officers determined that the woman, 52-year-old Teresa Smith of Gallup, was struck by a vehicle and succumbed to her injuries. Through investigation, officers located the involved vehicle at a house nearby and contacted the driver, later identified as Harris. 

The Farmington Police Department extends heartfelt condolences to Ms. Smith’s family and friends. FPD also wants to remind the community to drink responsibly and always use a designated driver or ride share service. The Traffic Division is still investigating this case and will release details as they become available.

Farmington police arrest man involved in shooting

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Farmington police have a man in custody following a shooting last night. Johnny Davidson, a 45-year-old man from Farmington, was arrested this morning regarding a shooting death in the evening hours on August 20, 2020.

At approximately 7:53 p.m. Farmington officers responded to a shooting near the intersection of W. Main St. and Airport Dr. A man, later identified as Davidson had called 9-1-1 and reported he had just shot a man. Officers located a man with a single gunshot wound to his chest. Medics transported him to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. Davidson was arrested on charges of second-degree murder and shooting from a motor vehicle and booked at the San Juan County Detention Center.

The case is still under investigation. Anyone with additional information should contact the Farmington Police Department Detective Division at 505-599-1005 or 505-599-1068.