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 in stabbing

Farmington, NM – A Farmington man has been arrested and charged for stabbing another man during a verbal altercation. Police were dispatched around 2:36 p.m. yesterday to Brookhaven Park East located at 721 W. Apache in reference to people fighting. Dispatch informed officers responding to the scene that two male subjects had left and were running up the ditch area across the street. A third subject who was injured was walking in the street on Apache. The subject, a 34-year-old man from Kirtland, had sustained a laceration to his neck and was transported by medics to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he was admitted for his injury.

School was released early yesterday, however, Apache Elementary was placed in a preventative lockdown for staff who were still in the building. Officers searched the area and located one of the subjects, 24-year-old Raheem Benally, on a path east of the school. Detectives transported Benally to the station for questioning. He was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Officers continued to search for the other man, but were unable to locate him. Upon further investigation, detectives do not believe he is a suspect at this time.

PRESS RELEASE: 17-year-old male charged in west Farmington stabbing

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are investigating a stabbing that occurred yesterday evening in west Farmington. Officers were dispatched to the area of Piedras Street and Robin Avenue around 6:30 p.m. for a welfare check of a subject who was “passed out.”  When officers arrived they found an individual lying in the dirt lot north of Piedras. The individual, a 28-year-old male from Arizona, was deceased and appeared to have multiple stab wounds. Officers established a perimeter and detectives responded to the scene.

Through investigation, a 17-year-old male from Farmington was identified as a suspect and located in the area. He was transported to the Farmington Police Department for questioning and subsequently arrested on charges of Second Degree Murder and three counts of Tampering with Evidence. He was booked into the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police respond to stabbing, one in custody

Farmington, NM – Farmington police were dispatched to the Anasazi Inn yesterday around 3:55 p.m. in reference to a male who had been stabbed. Officers arrived and found 33-year-old Joshua Couillard of Farmington with a stab wound to his upper left thigh. Officers rendered aid until medics arrived and transported him to San Juan Regional Medical Center. Through investigation, officers learned that Couillard and another male, identified as 33-year-old Rodriguez Lee of Shiprock, had been in an altercation at the Roadrunner Car Wash on Broadway and Lake Street. During the altercation, Lee stabbed Couillard in the leg. Coulliard then went to the Anasazi Inn where an employee called police. Officers located Lee walking in the vicinity. He was transported to the Farmington Police Department for questioning and subsequently arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third degree felony. He is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center with bond to be set at his first hearing. Couillard was treated for his injury and released from the hospital.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police respond to double stabbing

Farmington, NM – On Friday, March 13 at approximately 11:15 p.m. Farmington police responded to the 7 to 11 convenience store on West Main Street and Lake Street in reference to a stabbing. Officers arrived on scene and made contact with 23-year-old Kimberly Nez. Nez had multiple stab wounds to her person. Officers learned that the incident took place in the area of Airport Drive between Glade Lane and Arrington Street and that there was another individual who had been stabbed. Officers conducted a search and at approximately 11:30 p.m., located 27-year-old Chancelor Tso at the Nevada Trailer Court. Tso was non-responsive; officers began life-saving measures until medics arrived on scene. Tso was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Around the same time, officers located the suspect, later identified as 26-year-old Zack Tsosie. He was transported to the Farmington Police Department for further questioning. Tsosie was later arrested and charged with an open count of murder, one count of attempted murder and tampering with evidence. He is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash only bond.