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.

Farmington police step up traffic enforcement

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Farmington police increased their focus on traffic violations and enforcement this past weekend. Officers issued more than 140 traffic citations and made seven DWI arrests from July 31-August 2.


Among those arrests was Anthony Chee, 46 of Kirtland. Chee’s car stopped in the middle of an intersection prompted officers to contact him. His arrest early morning August 1 was his 14th in New Mexico for DWI. Officers made street racing-related arrests late that night as well. Mariesa Avalos, 20 of Kirtland, and Amorea Vigil, 18 of Farmington, caught driving at excessive speeds on East 20th Street, were arrested and charged with Racing on Highways and their cars were towed. Through investigation, it was found that Mariesa had been cited just two hours before her arrest for several traffic violations. The Farmington Police Department reminds everyone to slow down, drive responsibly, and keep our roadways safe.

Farmington detectives seek public’s assistance

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Farmington detectives are asking anyone with information about a reported sexual assault that occurred in the early morning hours on May 26, 2020, to come forward. The victim knocked on the door of a residence on Behrend seeking help, reporting that several men had attacked her. Officers and detectives immediately began searching for the suspects. Detectives have canvassed the area on foot and collected any surveillance footage they could, and are combing through that footage now. Detectives are also working with the victim and her family and friends to identify possible suspects and seeking public input.

Anyone with information, and who was in the area of Apache St. and 20th St., between Auburn Ave. and Butler Ave., from midnight to 4 a.m. on May 26, 2020, is asked to please contact the Farmington Police Department. To help the speed of the investigation, detectives are asking citizens to only report tips they are confident relate to this case. Please call the Detective Tip Line at 505-599-1068 with any information.

Farmington police arrest two subjects in auto burglaries

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Farmington, N.M. – One adult man and one juvenile male are in custody after burglarizing several vehicles early Tuesday morning. Reports of two men checking for unlocked doors on cars in the 2800 block of Rio Vista Ct. came to officers around 2:45 a.m. on April 28th. Officers contacted the adult man, Trey Stanley, 21, and the 16-year-old juvenile, both of Farmington, and found items related to six auto burglaries in their possession. Farmington detectives interviewed both subjects and carried out two search warrants during the investigation. Stanley’s charges are six counts of Burglary, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Receiving Stolen Property, and Resisting/Obstructing an Officer. The juvenile’s charges are six counts of Burglary. The on-going investigation and search warrants have linked these suspects to several other auto burglaries, and detectives will be seeking additional charges.


The Farmington Police Department reminds citizens to help reduce their chances of falling victim to auto burglary by locking their car doors and not leaving items such as guns, purses, wallets, and other valuables in their vehicles.


This investigation is on-going, and additional victims can expect to be contacted.

Farmington police arrest two juveniles for aggravated burglary

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Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police have two juveniles in custody following burglaries of two local pharmacies. Around 5:19 p.m. on February 26, 2020, officers were dispatched to the Target store at 4900 E. Main Street for reports of two juvenile males with a gun attempting to go into the back area of the pharmacy. A store employee tackled one of the males, and he then dropped the weapon. Employees kept the male detained until officers arrived. The other burglar left the store. Using surveillance footage, officers obtained a description of the second burglar and the vehicle he left in. Around 5:55 p.m., a second report came in from a Safeway pharmacy, at 3540 E. Main Street, of a juvenile attempting to steal medication from behind the counter. The description matched that of the second burglar. After some investigation, officers identified and located the second burglar and took him into custody. 


Detectives interviewed the males, both 16 years old and from Farmington, and obtained a search warrant for the involved vehicle. One juvenile was charged with Aggravated Burglary and Assault with a Deadly Weapon; the other charged with Aggravated Burglary and Conspiracy. Both are being held at the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center. 


This incident remains under investigation. Further details will be released as they become available. 

Woman in custody following short vehicle pursuit with Farmington police


Farmington, N.M. – An Aztec woman is in custody today following a short vehicle pursuit with Farmington police last night. The pursuit happened around 10:00 p.m. after an officer saw a vehicle driving erratically in the eastbound lanes near Farmington Ave. and E. Main St. The officer signaled the driver to pull over. The driver began to pull into a parking lot and then fled from the officer. The officer followed, and the driver became more reckless, eventually slowing down, jumping out, and running away from the car on foot. The officer ran after the driver and detained her without further incident.


Another officer arriving on scene found the vehicle in drive, still moving and noticed a small child inside the car. The officer immediately jumped into the car and stopped it. The driver, 29-year-old Lashelle Denney, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and new charges of Abuse of Child, Aggravated Fleeing, Resisting, Evading, or Obstructing an Officer, as well as traffic violations.

Farmington police arrest man after brief standoff


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


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.