Farmington police have one man in custody following a stabbing

Brandon Curley

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police arrested 29-year-old Farmington resident Brandon Curley today after a stabbing late Saturday night. 

At approximately 11 p.m. on February 26, 2022, Farmington officers responded to a report of a stabbing near the 2300 block of Loon Street. Upon arrival officers located a 36-year-old male with a stab wound to his back. The victim was immediately transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center and later pronounced deceased. Through investigation, detectives identified Curley as the suspect and obtained a warrant for 2nd-degree murder. Curley was taken into custody today by Farmington detectives.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time, and more information will be released when available. The victim’s identity is not being released right now to allow for family notifications. Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the FPD tip line at 505-599-1404.

Farmington crime stats show a decrease in violent and property crimes

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe presented crime statistics at the city council meeting earlier this week, showing an overall decrease in crime in the Farmington city limits. The data measures 20 different calls for service, ranging from homicides to shoplifting reports, from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2021.

At the Farmington City Council meeting on January 27, Chief Hebbe spoke about crime trends over the last five years and the data gathered by FPD. The statistics show a decrease in most of the data points measured, and they also show a reduction in the overall calls for service. The stats don’t reflect the decreased number of officers working for FPD, and Hebbe reports the number of officers employed by the department has been down for a year and a half.

“One thing that can have a significant impact on statistics is the number of officers you have. If you have more officers on patrol, they’re making more contacts and driving up your calls for service. If your numbers are lower, your calls for service are lower.” explained Chief Hebbe.

Chief Hebbe next spoke about the violent crime stats and the 20% decrease in the number of robberies reported. He mentioned FPD’s efforts to better support and coordinate with victims of crimes in the city’s street inebriate population over the last year. Hebbe expressed hope that the program is responsible for the impact on violent crimes within the city. 

“We’ve dedicated a victim advocate to primarily work with that community to keep them attached to the process so we do get convictions that we previously couldn’t,” the chief reported. 

The chief then discussed property crimes, specifically the burglary and shoplifting categories. Hebbe touted the shoplifting data point showing a 29% decrease when there has been a national trend of massive shopliftings in larger cities around the country. The three burglary categories have been trending down locally since 2017, showing an average reduction of 53%. 

“The average citizen is probably most affected by their car, house, or business being broken into. The fact that all of these numbers are down is good for our community,” said Chief Hebbe.  

Overall, Chief Hebbe spoke of his goals to recruit more officers and his department’s recent hiring challenges. The city council and mayor’s support for the department in their recruiting efforts were highlighted when Mayor Nate Duckett mentioned he was trying to recruit for the police department on a recent trip.

Chief Hebbe finished the presentation by saying, “I’m hopeful that the national narrative continues to change, and being a cop is something that people will want to be again.”

Suspect in weekend shooting identified

Diondre Badonie

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police identified 19-year-old Farmington resident Diondre Badonie as the man in a fatal shooting that took place early Saturday morning.

Around 12:58 am on January 22, Farmington police responded to a report of shots fired near North Butler Avenue and Orchard Homes Drive. As the officers came into the area, they heard a single gunshot. Badonie was detained as he tried to leave the area on foot while the officers searched the neighborhood. Officers located a deceased man with a single gunshot wound during their search. While detained, Badonie became combative with officers while being patted down and advised of his Miranda Rights. After investigation, Badonie was arrested for second-degree murder and two counts of battery on a peace officer.

The investigation is ongoing, and further details will be released when they’re available. The victim is not being identified right now to allow for family notification. Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call the FPD Tip Line at 505-599-1068.

Farmington police charge three in child exploitation cases

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington detectives have charged three men in connection with child exploitation. The charges come following extensive investigations into three independent cases. Twenty-nine-year-old Jarrod Velasquez and 56-year-old Dennis Showers are charged with two counts each of sexual exploitation of children, and 30-year-old Raymond Stallings III is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of children.

Over the last three months, Farmington Police Department detectives, in conjunction with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, investigated and apprehended the three individuals.FPD detectives executed approximately 45 search warrants on residences, electronic devices, and cloud-based storage. It’s unlawful for anyone to possess photos or videos depicting minors in a sexual nature. All three subjects were found to be in possession of such media. Showers and Velasquez were also found to have been collecting and sharing media involving child sexual abuse. All three subjects are currently awaiting trial.

As an affiliate member of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, it is the mission of the Farmington Police to thoroughly investigate and apprehend those within our community who prey on one of our most vulnerable populations, our children.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is encouraged to call the FPD Tip Line at 505-599-1068.

One man in custody following late-night shooting

Farmington Police Department patch

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police have a man in custody following a shooting that resulted in the death of another man in the early morning hours.

Around 12:58 am on January 22, 2022, Farmington Police Department officers responded to a report of shots fired near N. Butler Ave. and Orchard Homes Dr. As the officers came into the area, they heard a single gunshot. A man leaving on foot was detained as the officers searched the neighborhood. Officers located a deceased man with a single gunshot wound during the search.  

The investigation is ongoing, and further details will be released when they’re available. The names of the men involved in this case are not being released right now. Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call the Farmington Police Tip Line at 505-599-1068.

Man who shot Farmington officer has been arrested

Farmington, N.M. – Elias Buck was arrested early this morning in Maricopa County, Arizona. Buck shot a Farmington police officer last Friday during a DUI investigation.  A warrant was issued for his arrest on January 8 for charges of aggravated battery on a peace officer with a deadly weapon.

Just after midnight on January 14, a tip came into the Phoenix Police Department that Elias Buck and Victoria “Rossi” Hernandez were at a Quiktrip Convenience Store located at 8004 N. 27th Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona.  Officers responded and located Buck, who attempted to flee, but was quickly detained. No officers were injured during his apprehension.  Hernandez was released pending the ongoing investigation.

Buck escaped from a La Plata County jail on December 27 and shot and wounded FPD Officer Barreto on January 7. 

Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe released the following statement, “This is the culmination of a very emotional week for FPD. We look forward to working closely with the district attorney as this case moves through the courts, so we can achieve our goals of holding all people involved in this incident accountable and keeping our citizens and officers safe.”

The investigation into this incident is ongoing, and we will continue to release updates as they become available.

FPD extends its gratitude to the U.S. Marshals Service, the ATF, the FBI, New Mexico State Police, Colorado State Patrol, San Juan County, and La Plata County Sheriff’s Offices, the Durango, Aztec, and Bloomfield Police Departments, and all our law enforcement partners who assisted in the search for this suspect. FPD wants to extend a special thank you to the officers of the Phoenix Police Department who risked their safety to apprehend this dangerous criminal.

FPD also wants to thank our community leaders and citizens for their prayers and support through the past week.

Farmington police searching for man who shot officer

22-year-old Elias William Buck

Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police are searching for 22-year-old Elias Buck after shooting a Farmington police officer late last night.

Around 10:18 pm on January 7, 2022, officers responded to a report of a possible drunk driver in the area of East Main Street and North Tucker Ave. One officer contacted a man, later identified as Buck, and a woman, later identified as 28-year-old Victoria “Rossi” Hernandez, walking in the area who matched the description of the occupants of the car. Buck produced a gun and fired multiple shots at the officer, hitting him. The officer returned fire and radioed for assistance.  The subjects ran away. The officer was immediately transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he is currently in stable condition.

SWAT teams from FPD, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, and New Mexico State Police searched the areas of North Tucker Avenue, North Fairview Avenue, and connecting streets between East 20th Street and East Main Street, throughout the night. They were assisted by the SJCSO helicopter and NMSP drone operators. Buck wasn’t located, and FPD is now asking the public’s assistance in finding him. 

Buck is 6’1,” approximately 185 pounds, with green eyes and blonde hair. He is dangerous and known to be armed. We ask anyone with information about Buck’s whereabouts to immediately contact their local police department or dial 911. 

The officer involved in the shooting was Joseph Barreto. Officer Barreto is 25 years old and has been with the Farmington Police Department since 2018. 

This incident remains under investigation, and further information will be provided as it becomes available.

Farmington detectives investigate shooting

Farmington, N.M – The Farmington Police Department is investigating a shooting that left two men injured. 

Around 6:30 pm on Thursday, December 16, 2021, officers responded to several reports of shots heard in the area of the 2000 block of N. Tucker Ave. On scene, officers found a 29-year-old man with a single gunshot wound to his neck. Later identified as Edgar Contreras, the man was immediately transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center and later flown to Albuquerque for treatment. At a second location, officers located a vehicle that had left the area before they arrived. A 21-year-old man, later identified as Jaydoun Williams, was found inside the car with a gunshot wound to his upper leg. Williams was transported to SJRMC, where he was treated and released. 


The incident remains under investigation, and further information will be provided as it becomes available. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the FPD Detective Tip Line at 505-599-1068.

Farmington police looking for suspect in Salvation Army stolen vehicle case

Anthony Crespin

Farmington, N.M. – The Farmington Police Department has identified 37-year-old Anthony Crespin as a suspect in a stolen vehicle case. A warrant for unlawful taking of a motor vehicle was issued by a judge late Saturday, December 18, 2021, for Crespin.

Around 7:21 pm on December 14, a Salvation Army employee reported the charity’s white 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan stolen. The employee was shopping at Walmart on E. Main St. for local kids enrolled in the “Angel Tree” program, and Crespin was helping the employee shop and load the toys into the white minivan. Before the employee and other volunteers were finished purchasing the toys, Crespin drove off in the vehicle. The Salvation Army values the amount of toys and gifts inside the van at approximately $6,000. 

Crespin is known to frequent the Farmington and Bernalillo areas in New Mexico. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Anthony Crespin is asked to call your local police department.


The incident remains under investigation, and further information will be provided as it becomes available. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the FPD Detective Tip Line at 505-599-1068.

Farmington police investigate shooting

Farmington, N.M. – The Farmington Police Department is investigating a shooting that resulted in a death late Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

 After receiving numerous reports of shots fired, officers responded to a house in the 700 block of Zuni Dr around 9:15 p.m. The officers located a man with a gunshot wound to his chest on scene. The man, later identified as 45-year-old Farmington resident Iran Olguin, was immediately transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center by paramedics. Olguin died later in the night. 
The incident remains under investigation, and further information will be provided as it becomes available. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the FPD Detective Tip Line at 505-599-1068.