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.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police arrest Flora Vista man for aggravated burglary

Farmington, NM – Farmington police arrested 43-year-old Ronnie James of Flora Vista on charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated assault with a firearm, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and criminal damage to property.

The charges stem from an incident on October 26 when James broke into 4 States Auto Center on East Main in Farmington and took a vehicle from the property. Police were dispatched to the business at approximately 9:47 p.m. in reference to a man, later identified as James, armed with a gun. Officers arrived and found a broken window on the east side of the building. The reporting party informed officers he had returned to the business after running errands and saw James coming out of the back door of the building. James pointed a gun at the employee and verbally threatened him. He was also holding a bank bag containing keys to vehicles on the lot. Prior to police arriving, James fled the area in a yellow Mustang belonging to the dealership. The owners of the business arrived shortly after and reported additional items had been taken. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office located James and the yellow Mustang in mid-November.

On November 22, detectives with the Farmington Police Department interviewed James regarding the October 26 incident. On November 28, detectives obtained a warrant for for his arrest on charges of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a firearm, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and criminal damage to property. James was served with the warrant the same day at the San Juan County Detention Center where he had been previously booked on other charges.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man arrested on charges of armed robbery, aggravated battery

Farmington, NM – Farmington police arrested 29-year-old Timothy Jaramillo of Farmington on charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery. On September 16, 2017 officers were dispatched to Bubble City in reference to a battery and stolen vehicle. Officers arrived and made contact with the victim, a 50-year-old man from Farmington. The man had lacerations, bruising and swelling to his face. He was transported by medics to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and later released.

Through investigation, officers learned the man was driving in the area of Southside River Road and South Hutton when he saw a woman who appeared to be in distress. The woman was sitting on the side of the road, crying with her head in her hands and a male was standing over her. The victim pulled over to check on the female and asked if she needed help. The woman got in the front passenger seat of the man’s vehicle. Before he could drive off, the woman’s boyfriend, later identified as Timothy Jaramillo, got in the back seat. Jaramillo demanded the victim drive him to the casino. The victim drove to the parking lot of Bubble City and stopped the vehicle. Jaramillo grabbed the man and punched him in the face numerous times using brass knuckles. The victim exited the vehicle and went inside to call police. Jaramillo and his girlfriend left the area in the victim’s vehicle.

Officers issued a county-wide attempt to locate the vehicle but were unsuccessful. Through follow-up investigation detectives were able to identify Jaramillo, and on November 13 a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of armed robbery, aggravated battery (use of a deadly weapon) and receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle. Jaramillo was arrested on November 14 and booked into the San Juan County Detention Center.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Police identify woman found deceased at Brook Haven Park

Farmington, NM – Farmington police have identified the woman found deceased at Brook Haven Park as 29-year-old Vanessa Tsosie of Red Valley, Arizona. On November 5 at approximately 7:06 a.m. police were dispatched to 901 Glade Ln. in reference to an injured female lying in the park. Officers arrived and found the woman to be deceased. Signs of foul play were present, and detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call San Juan County Crime Stoppers at (505) 334-TIPS.

PRESS RELEASE: Police seeking public’s assistance in identifying woman found in park

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are working to identify a woman who was found deceased at Brook Haven Park earlier this week. On November 5 at approximately 7:06 a.m. police were dispatched to 901 Glade Ln. in reference to an injured female lying in the park. Officers arrived and found the woman to be deceased. Signs of foul play were present, and detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide. The victim has not yet been identified and police are requesting the public’s assistance.

The victim is a Native American female of average height and stature. She has no tattoos or significant scarring. She was wearing distinctive clothing at the time, most notably a pair of black Nike skater style low-cut sneakers with large pink swooshes (see photo). She was also wearing a black and white striped scarf (SIMILAR to the attached photo), black knit sweater and blue jeans with holes. Also of note was her nail polish, which had a black base with predominantly purple glitter.

Anyone with information about the woman’s identity is asked to call the Farmington Police Department’s Detective Division at 599-1005 or non-emergency dispatch at 334-6622. Anonymous tips may be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 334-TIPS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police respond to explosion

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department is investigating an explosion that occurred early Tuesday morning. At approximately 3:05 a.m. dispatch received reports of an explosion in the 500 block of East 20 Street. Officers searched the area and located the remains of an explosive device in the parking lot south of 505 E. 20 St. Investigation by the FPD Bomb Unit revealed the explosive was made from a gas sample cylinder. The explosion caused damage to a nearby shed and dented the side of a dumpster. No injuries were reported. The incident remains under investigation.

“This is an extremely serious incident and our detectives are working closely with ATF and the FBI,” said Chief Hebbe. “We urge all citizens to report suspicious activity immediately by calling dispatch.”

Anyone with information about this incident may call the FPD Detective Tip Hotline at 599-1068. Anonymous tips may be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 334-TIPS.

The Farmington Police Department would like to remind citizens to never touch suspicious packages or items. Instead, call 911 immediately.

*The attached images are examples of the types of cylinders that could be used.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police searching for sexual assault suspect, requesting public’s assistance

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are trying to locate the suspect in a sexual assault that occurred this morning at an apartment in the 2500 block of Lee Avenue.

The suspect is described as a white male, possibly mid 30s, approximately six feet tall, 200 to 220 pounds, has broad shoulders, light brown hair approximately one to two inches in length and has a goatee. He was wearing a dark blue plain hooded jacket with a front zipper, blue jeans and black leather gloves.

Anyone with information is asked to immediately call dispatch at 334-6622.