PRESS RELEASE: Farmington resident arrested on robbery charge

Farmington, NM – Farmington Police were dispatched around 5:40 p.m. yesterday to Smith’s Grocery Store located at 600 E. 20th in reference to a robbery. Officers arrived on scene and learned that 24-year-old Raheem Benally, armed with a knife, approached a man and attempted to take his mountain bike. The incident occurred near the southwest entrance of the business. The two men struggled and the victim, a 47-year-old man from Farmington, was able to get the knife away from Benally. The victim was knocked to the ground during the struggle at which time Benally grabbed the man’s wallet and fled.

Benally was located at Brookside Park near the skate ramps. When he saw officers, he ran into the wooded area and hid. Officers established a perimeter; New Mexico State Police and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist. An FPD K9 Unit was sent into the wooded area to search for the suspect. He was located around 7:20 and taken into custody. Benally was arrested and charged with robbery, resisting and evading, and trespassing.

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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.