Farmington, NM – Detectives with the Farmington Police Department arrested 35-year-old Shawn Ridgley of Farmington on charges of child pornography. Detectives were alerted last Friday to an incident involving Ridgley and a 14-year-old female. Following a week-long investigation, detectives obtained a warrant on one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Manufacturing) (2nd degree felony), one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Distribution) (3rd degree felony), three counts of Child Solicitation by Electronic Communication Device (4th degree felony), one count of Criminal Sexual Communication with a Child (4th degree felony), one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Possession) (4th degree felony), two counts of Criminal Solicitation (4th degree felony) and one count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (4th degree felony). Ridgley was arrested this afternoon on the warrant and booked into the San Juan County Detention Center. Additional details about the case are not being released at this time as it remains an open and ongoing investigation.
Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in the homicide investigation of Carla Helmer. Carla was found deceased on Wednesday, October 28, 1992 inside her residence. That day, Carla’s supervisor drove to her home to check on her because she hadn’t been to work in three days, nor had she called in. When her supervisor arrived at Carla’s home, she found her car parked outside. She knocked on the door and tried to call her, but no one answered. Farmington police officers were called to conduct a welfare check on Carla. They too knocked on Carla’s door and received no response from inside. Officers found the door was unlocked and entered her residence. They found Carla deceased.
Carla suffered from multiple stab wounds and had severe defensive wounds, indicating that she tried to fight off her attacker. She was only clad in a shirt and undergarments, which suggested that she knew her attacker. Several persons of interest were identified early in the investigation and were interviewed. The investigation continued for several years but eventually went “cold” in the mid-1990s. The case was reopened by different detectives over the years, but it has yet to be solved.
With advances in forensic science, the Farmington Police Department has reopened this case and is reviewing what evidentiary items can be re-examined. We are also asking if you or someone you know has information regarding the death of Carla Helmer, please contact Detective Heather Chavez at (505) 566-2370 or non-emergency dispatch at (505) 334-6622. Anonymous tips may be submitted to the Farmington Police Department’s Detective Tip Line at (505) 599-1068.
Farmington, NM – Farmington police are investigating a shooting that took place just before 12:30 this afternoon. Police were dispatched to the 1000 block of Hollywood Street around 12:28 p.m. in reference to a shots fired call. Officers arrived and learned that a 38-year-old male had been shot in the leg. The man was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center. Police have identified and detained a 22-year-old male suspect. The incident remains under investigation at this time. Additional details will be released as they become available.
Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department is urging businesses to be vigilant following reports of counterfeit money circulating in the community. While businesses tend to be mindful of large bills, counterfeiters have now started manufacturing smaller denominations knowing they are easier to pass. Businesses should take precautions to help reduce their chances of falling victim to this crime. The United States Federal Reserve provides information on how to determine if a note is genuine. They emphasize that unique security and design features should be used rather than detection pens which aren’t always accurate and can give false results. Specifications for each of the seven denominations can be found online at www.uscurrency.gov/denominations.
If you suspect you’ve received a counterfeit note, please call 334-6622 and request to speak with an officer.
Farmington, NM – Farmington police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at a home in Farmington earlier this week. Police were dispatched to a residence on Delhi Avenue on Tuesday around 10:15 p.m. in reference to an armed subject who had just left the area. The reporting party informed dispatch that his tenant was attacked by two males armed with a shotgun.
Officers arrived on scene and learned the tenant, a 34-year-old male, had met a woman through an online dating site. The two had messaged each other throughout the day and made plans to meet at his home on Delhi Avenue. The woman arrived at his home around 9:45 p.m. A while later someone knocked on the door, and the woman answered it. Two men entered the residence and attacked the tenant, hitting him in the face with a shotgun. The woman ran out the door when the two men came in. She took a pair of jeans containing the tenant’s wallet and keys. The tenant’s landlord heard the commotion and headed over to check on his tenant but ran into one of the men who then pointed a shotgun at him. The two men and the woman fled the area in a white older model Chevrolet four-door sedan. The tenant was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center for his injuries. The landlord did not sustain any injuries during the event.
Police are still searching for the individuals and request anyone with information to call FPD’s Detective Division at 599-1005.
Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department, in conjunction with other local law enforcement agencies, is working hard to keep drunk drivers off our roads. Throughout the month of September, FPD will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. This is in addition to FPD’s R.A.D.D. campaign which encourages citizens to call 911 to report suspected drunk drivers. The Farmington Police Department would like to remind citizens to drink responsibly and always use a designated driver.
Farmington, NM – Five individuals have been arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting that occurred early Sunday morning. Farmington officers were dispatched around 2:55 to the 1100 block of Fairgrounds Road in reference to shots fired. The reporting party informed dispatch that a white hatchback passenger car was seen leaving the area. An officer saw the vehicle traveling west on Cooper Street from Fairgrounds. Officers followed the vehicle to a residence in the 3000 block of Carlton and conducted a felony stop. Two adults and three juveniles were in the vehicle; all five were taken into custody. Officers conducting the investigation located a bullet hole in the front door of a residence in the 1100 block of Fairgrounds Road. No one was injured in the incident.
Two male juveniles, ages 16 and 17 and one female age 16 all of Farmington, were charged with accessory to shooting at a dwelling. They were booked into the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center.
Charlie Thompson, 18 of Farmington, was charged with accessory to shooting at a dwelling and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Fabian Harding, 18 of Farmington, was also charged with accessory to shooting at a dwelling and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Thompson and Harding were both booked into the San Juan County Detention Center.