PRESS RELEASE: Five Farmington residents charged in connection to drive-by

Farmington, NM – Five individuals have been arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting that occurred early Sunday morning. Farmington officers were dispatched around 2:55 to the 1100 block of Fairgrounds Road in reference to shots fired. The reporting party informed dispatch that a white hatchback passenger car was seen leaving the area. An officer saw the vehicle traveling west on Cooper Street from Fairgrounds. Officers followed the vehicle to a residence in the 3000 block of Carlton and conducted a felony stop. Two adults and three juveniles were in the vehicle; all five were taken into custody. Officers conducting the investigation located a bullet hole in the front door of a residence in the 1100 block of Fairgrounds Road. No one was injured in the incident.

Two male juveniles, ages 16 and 17 and one female age 16 all of Farmington, were charged with accessory to shooting at a dwelling. They were booked into the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center.

Charlie Thompson, 18 of Farmington, was charged with accessory to shooting at a dwelling and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Fabian Harding, 18 of Farmington, was also charged with accessory to shooting at a dwelling and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Thompson and Harding were both booked into the San Juan County Detention Center.



PRESS RELEASE: Farmington Police Department invites community to attend Four Corners Invitational State Competition for Special Olympics

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department would like to invite the community to attend the 2018 Four Corners Invitational State Competition for Special Olympics taking place on August 24 and 25. Athletes from around the state will compete in various sports to include golf, softball and aquatics. The Farmington Police Department has been a long-time supporter of Special Olympics, heading up local Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising activities and serving as ambassadors for the organization. First Responders throughout San Juan County will be assisting with this weekend’s games.

This year’s invitational will kick off on Friday at 8:00 a.m. with the state golf tournament. Athletes will play on one of three courses: Pinon Hills in Farmington, Aztec Municipal Golf Course or Riverview in Kirtland. Opening ceremonies will begin that evening at 6:00 at McGee Park. Law enforcement officers will lead the torch relay for the traditional lighting of the Special Olympics flame ceremony.

The state softball tournament will begin directly after opening ceremonies and will continue through Saturday. Teams will be playing at the Fairground Softball Complex in Farmington. Also on Saturday are the aquatic events beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Farmington Aquatic Center. The Olympic Village will be open on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for athlete check-in and t-shirt sales benefitting Special Olympics.

Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe is encouraging the community to come out and show their support for the athletes. “Special Olympics provides children and adults with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to participate in a variety of Olympic-type sports,” he explained. “Our community has been given the honor of hosting this event year after year. We are asking you to come out and make this event a memorable and exciting experience for these dedicated athletes.”

There is not entry fee for the public to attend any of the events.

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: Update on homicide suspect Pedro Lucero

Farmington, NM – Homicide suspect Pedro Lucero was located Tuesday by U.S. Marshals in Mesa, Ariz. after receiving information obtained through a ping warrant from Farmington police detectives.  During the apprehension he was shot and killed. Lucero had a warrant on charges of Murder in the First Degree for a shooting that took place in Farmington on August 1 claiming the life of 24-year-old Francine Delgado and injuring Rebecca Jacquez.

Farmington detectives are still seeking Miguel Hernandez for questioning. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call their local law enforcement.

Original press release on homicide can be read here.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police arrest mother in child abuse case

JOLYNN SPAHEFarmington, NM – Jolynn Spahe, 34 of Farmington, was arrested yesterday for placing her child in a dangerous situation. Spahe’s 11-month-old daughter was flown to UNM Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque with multiple skulls fractures after being left with Spahe’s boyfriend Jeremiah Yazziee-Miller. Miller was arrested Sunday on the charge of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.

Detectives continued their investigation into the incident and learned that Spahe typically doesn’t leave her children with Miller because she doesn’t trust him. However, on August 4, she and Miller smoked methamphetamine together while the children were in the home. She then went to the grocery store leaving her children in his care. Detectives obtained a warrant for Spahe’s arrest on the charge of abuse of a child in the first degree for placing in dangerous situation. She was arrested yesterday afternoon on the warrant as well as an unrelated outstanding warrant.

The baby remains in critical condition.

Press release on Miller’s arrest can be read here.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man arrested on charge of child abuse

JEREMIAH YAZZIEE-MILLERFarmington, NM – Farmington police were dispatched to the 2400 block of Farmview Lane around 10:25 p.m. on Saturday for an 11-month-old female who wasn’t breathing. The baby was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center and was found to show signs of trauma including multiple skull fractures. She was flown to UNM Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque.

Detectives investigating the incident learned that 37-year-old Jeremiah Yazziee-Miller of Farmington was watching his girlfriend’s, of one month, six children in their Farmington home while the mother was grocery shopping. Miller messaged his girlfriend through social media to inform her something was wrong with the baby. Miller then called 911 and reported the baby wasn’t breathing. By the time the mother returned home from shopping, the baby had been transported to the hospital.

Further investigation into the incident revealed that Miller had shaken the baby and hit her head on an unknown object. A warrant for Miller’s arrest was obtained early Sunday morning. He was booked into the San Juan County Detention on the charge of abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm, a first degree felony.

The baby remains in ICU at UNM Children’s hospital. The five other children, ages ranging from 21 months to 11 years old, have been removed from the home. The mother is also under investigation at this time.

PRESS RELEASE: Warrant issued for suspect in Wednesday morning homicide, police also seeking person of interest

Pedro Lucero 3Farmington, NM – Farmington police have identified a suspect in the homicide that occurred early Wednesday morning and are also seeking a person of interest. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant yesterday for 41-year-old Pedro “Peter” Lucero of Albuquerque on charges of Murder in the First Degree (open charge, a 1st degree felony and capital offense), Shooting from a Motor Vehicle (resulting in great bodily harm, a 2nd degree Felony) and Possession of a firearm or Destructive Device by a Felon (a 4th degree felony).

Officers were dispatched around 12:58 a.m. Wednesday to the 1100 block of South Bowen in reference to shots fired. At approximately 1:01 a.m. San Juan Regional Medical Center security called dispatch to report a woman with a gunshot wound had been dropped off at the emergency room. The woman, later identified as 24-year-old Francine Delgado of Farmington, was shot in the lower back and succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. Around 1:46 a.m. a second woman, identified as 28-year-old Rebecca Jacquez of Farmington, was dropped off at the emergency room with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her buttock. She was treated and discharged from the hospital.

Through investigation detectives learned Lucero fired multiple rounds at the back of an SUV occupied by multiple individuals including Delgado and Jacquez. Specific details surrounding the event are not being released at this time as this remains an ongoing investigation.

Police are actively searching for Lucero who may be in Farmington but is believed to be in the Albuquerque area and possibly headed to Mexico.

Although not a suspect, detectives are seeking an interview with Miguel (Mikey) Hernandez, 27, of Farmington who is believed to be with Lucero at this time.

Lucero also has an active federal probation violation warrant related to charges on methamphetamine trafficking and a felony warrant out of Bernalillo Metro Court for breaking and entering.

Anyone with information on the subjects’ whereabouts is asked to their local dispatch center.

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