Farmington police arrest man after brief standoff

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Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police have a man in custody after a brief SWAT standoff yesterday. Officers were dispatched around 1:50 p.m. to a residence in the 800 block of East 24th Street regarding a man wanted on felony warrants. Officers arrived and could hear a man and woman fighting inside the home. The woman came out to talk to officers and confirmed that the wanted man, 28-year-old Joseph Rino, was still inside the house. Patrol officers secured the area and called for the SWAT team to respond. Negotiators’ attempts to contact Rino weren’t successful. Officers obtained a search warrant for the house,  then The SWAT team and K9s entered the house and arrested Rino without incident. Rino was served on the warrants for Aggravated Battery Against a Household Member, False Imprisonment, and Battery Against a Household Member. He was also charged with Resisting, Evading, or Obstructing an officer.

Farmington police seek owners of stolen property

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Farmington, N.M. – The Farmington Police Department is looking for the owners of stolen property recovered during a recent auto burglary investigation. Officers responded on January 2 to the area of Foothills and Crestwood after someone saw a man entering unlocked vehicles. They conducted an investigation that ultimately led to the arrest of 28-year-old Kory Galbraith of Farmington. Detectives obtained a search warrant for Galbraith’s vehicle, impounded at the scene, and recovered items reported stolen from vehicles in east Farmington neighborhoods. They found additional items in the vehicle that were not linked to any reported burglaries on record with FPD.

 

Detectives are encouraging anyone who has been a victim of auto burglary between December 1, 2019 and January 2, 2020 and did not report the crime, to please contact Detective Hardy at 505-258-5144.

 

Galbraith was arrested on January 2, 2020 and charged with Auto Burglary, Attempted Auto Burglary, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Resisting, Evading, or Obstructing an Officer.

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Farmington police arrest juvenile in death investigation

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Farmington police have a juvenile in custody today after an investigation into the death of another Farmington teen. 15 year old Xavion Montano was arrested yesterday and charged with a 4th degree felony for Involuntary Manslaughter and Negligent Use of a Firearm following the investigation into another juvenile’s death on December 14, 2019.

 

Shortly before 1 p.m. on the 14th, Farmington Police Department responded to a residence on the east side of Farmington with medics to a report of a male juvenile who was unresponsive. Upon arrival, the teen was found to be deceased. Farmington detectives began investigating the scene and found that the juvenile had sustained a gunshot wound, causing his death. Further investigation of the incident ultimately led to Montano’s arrest.

 

This incident remains under investigation. Information will be released as it becomes available.

Farmington police release footage from officer-involved shooting

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Farmington, N.M. – Today the Farmington Police Department released video from the officer-involved shooting that took place on October 10 at an address on Rio Vista Ct. Police Chief Steve Hebbe released the following statement about the incident, “This was an active and dynamic situation to which our officers responded. We recognize the impact an incident like this has on the community, the friends and family of all the involved parties, on the officers and their families, and the department. Although the Sheriff’s Office investigation remains active, based on the facts we know now, the officer’s actions were necessary to protect his life and the life of others.”

 

On October 10 at approximately 6:12 p.m., dispatch received a call about a man, later identified as 58-year old Norbert Beyet, threatening people with a gun at a residence on Rio Vista Court. FPD officers responded and met at a location near the address to make a plan for a controlled response to attempt to de-escalate the situation. Officers requested medics to stand by and a phone number to try to call and negotiate with Beyet. As FPD officers were trying to call, the Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Air One, flew over the address and witnessed a man and woman in a physical altercation in the backyard with a gun. Recognizing that the situation had escalated, FPD officers approached the house immediately and made contact with Beyet, a woman and two other individuals in the backyard of the home. They began giving clear instructions to the four people. Beyet was armed with a handgun and was not complying with officers’ instructions. The officers approached Beyet, and he pointed the gun towards them. Farmington Officer Jasper Domenici fired a single shot, and Beyet fell to the ground.

 

Officer Jasper Domenici joined FPD in December 2014 as a lateral from Dona Ana County. He is an eight-year law enforcement veteran.

 

No further information will be released on this incident until the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has completed their investigation and the District Attorney’s Office has finalized their review.

Farmington police searching for suspect in aggravated battery

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Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police are searching for information on the whereabouts of Christopher Andregg, 26 of Farmington. Andregg has an active warrant on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon against a household member, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a household member, false imprisonment, and battery against a household member stemming from an incident that occurred this afternoon.

A female came into the lobby of the Farmington Police Department today around 11:10 a.m. reporting a fight in the 900 block of Auburn Avenue. Officers were given information on scene that a man, later identified later as Andregg, had battered and assaulted a woman and was inside the home armed with a knife. After a warrant was obtained for Andregg’s arrest SWAT officers entered the home, but Andregg had left prior to their arrival.

The incident remains under investigation. Police are asking anyone with information on Andregg’s whereabouts to call dispatch at 505-334-6622 or SJC Crime Stoppers at 505-334-TIPS.

Farmington police searching for sexual assault suspect

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Farmington, N.M. –Farmington police are seeking information on the whereabouts of 44-year-old Waylon Johnson of Farmington. Johnson has an active warrant on charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration and aggravated battery against a household member stemming from an incident that occurred early this morning.

 

Officers were dispatched for a report of fighting around 6:53 a.m. in the 1100 block of South Bowen Avenue. Officers arrived on scene and were given information that a man, later identified as Johnson, had kidnapped, battered and sexually assaulted a woman and that he was inside the home armed with a bat.  Negotiators attempted to contact Johnson by phone without success. After a warrant was obtained for Johnson’s arrest, SWAT and K9 officers entered to home, but Johnson had left the prior to their arrival.

 

The incident remains under investigation. Police are asking anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts to call dispatch at 505-334-6622 or SJC Crime Stoppers at 505-334-TIPS.

Farmington school resource officer no longer with department following use of force investigation, lapel footage released

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Farmington, N.M. – The Farmington Police Department today announces a school resource officer is no longer employed with the department following an investigation into a use of force incident at Mesa View Middle School. The incident took place on August 27, 2019 when school officials requested Officer Zach Christensen assist them in addressing a disruptive student. Christensen was the school resource officer assigned to Mesa View Middle School. A sergeant with FPD’s Professional Standards Division was viewing Christensen’s lapel camera video footage as part of a routine internal review process. He saw what he believed to be a use of force violation against an 11-year-old female student and opened an internal affairs investigation. Officer Christensen was immediately placed on administrative leave per FPD policy. Additionally, the case was referred to the New Mexico State Police for possible criminal charges.

 

Chief Steve Hebbe issued the following written statement regarding the incident and a more detailed video message to our community, “When we fall short of our expectations and standards, we hold ourselves accountable. Like many of you, I was shocked and angry when I watched this video.  We value our relationship with our community and will continue to work hard to maintain the public’s confidence in our department.”

 

The officer’s lapel camera footage has been released to the news media and has been uploaded to FPD’s YouTube channel. The video may be viewed at https://youtu.be/SdiC4WzGyq8