PRESS RELEASE: Homicide suspect apprehended following standoff

Farmington, NM ­– The suspect in a homicide that took place early this morning was taken into custody following a standoff with police. Officers were dispatched around 1:25 a.m. to 3001 Bloomfield Highway in reference to a male who had been stabbed in the chest. The man, later identified as 24-year-old Dion Debarry of Farmington, was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Officers at the scene learned the suspect, 40-year-old Ronnie Garcia of Farmington, fled the area toward the Rimrock Lounge. A perimeter was quickly established and after several hours of surveillance and additional investigation, FPD SWAT and negotiators were summoned. Following an almost 3 1/2-hour standoff, FPD SWAT members entered the room that Garcia was suspected to be in. He was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the police station for questioning. Garcia is being charged with murder in the second degree and tampering with evidence. This incident remains under investigation.

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PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating fatal stabbing

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are investigating a fatal stabbing that took place early this morning in South Farmington. Officers were dispatched around 1:25 a.m. to 3001 Bloomfield Highway in reference to a male who had been stabbed. The male, 24, was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. The incident remains under investigation at this time. Anyone with information may call the FPD Detective Tip Hotline at 599-1068.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man charged with armed robbery

Farmington, NM – Detectives with the Farmington Police Department have charged 30-year-old Timothy Jaramillo of Farmington with armed robbery following a year-long investigation. The incident took place October 2 of last year in the parking lot of Animas Valley Mall. The victim in the case, a 59-year-old Farmington woman, was sitting in her vehicle near the Tilt exit when a man carrying a handgun walked up to the driver’s side door and demanded she get out of the car without her purse and phone and to not look back at him. The woman exited her vehicle and walked away. She then walked over to a nearby citizen and asked to use his phone to call police.

The vehicle was located on October 4, 2017 at a residence on East Murray Drive where Jaramillo had stayed the night. The vehicle was taken to the Farmington Police Department for processing and then released to the owner. Following a year-long investigation, the suspect was identified as Jaramillo. A warrant was issued for his arrest on September 16, 2018 for a charge of armed robbery. Jaramillo is currently incarcerated for a previous armed robbery that took place on September 16, 2017 in Farmington. The press release issued for that case may be found at http://bit.ly/2CSKLoG

 

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man arrested for child pornography

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Shawn Ridgley – Updated Booking Photo 9-28-18 Photo courtesy of San Juan County Detention Center

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.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police seeking public’s assistance in cold case homicide

Carla Helmer PhotoFarmington, 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.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating shooting

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.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police urge businesses to watch for counterfeit money

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.