PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man arrested for armed robbery, aggravated burglary

Farmington, NM – Farmington police were dispatched to San Juan Regional Medical Center around 1:00 p.m. on Monday in reference to a stabbing. Officers arrived and learned 33-year-old Pete Kimbell had been stabbed multiple times by 34-year-old Derek James. James and another male, whose identity is unknown, entered Kimbell’s home in the 2300 block of West Apache and attacked him. During the encounter, James punched Kimbell and stabbed him multiple times with a knife. The two men took an unspecified amount of money and jewelry from Kimbell’s residence before leaving. After the men left, Kimbell flagged down a man outside his house and requested to be taken to the hospital where he was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police located James at his home in Farmington. He was arrested and charged with armed robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated battery. He is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond.

FPD is still searching for the other suspect who is described as a bald Native American male in his late 30s. Anyone with information about this incident may call San Juan County Crime Stoppers at (505) 334-TIPS.





PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police respond to fatal traffic crash involving pedestrian, driver charged with first degree murder

Farmington, NM –  Yesterday Farmington police responded to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian. Officers were dispatched to West Apache near Gooding Drive around 8:25 p.m. Through investigation they learned 20-year-old Anthony Wagon hit 29-year-old Jeremy Beard of Farmington with his vehicle. The incident transpired following an argument at Beard’s residence between him, Wagon and another male. Beard left his residence in the El Rey Trailer Court on foot and headed westbound on Apache. Wagon drove his pickup truck from the residence and located Beard. Wagon drove over the curb and struck Beard with his vehicle in the area of 2310 W. Apache St. and then drove away. Beard succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The FPD Gang Unit responded to assist and located Wagon at his residence off Highway 371. He was transported to the station for questioning and subsequently arrested and charged with first degree murder. He is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a cash $500,000 bond.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police seeking public’s assistance in identifying shooter

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in a shooting that took place on April 17. Police were dispatched around 11:04 that evening to a residence on South Bowen Avenue in reference to a shooting. Officers arrived and found a 38-year-old male, later identified as Frankie D. Taylor of Farmington, in the front yard with multiple gunshot wounds.  Medics transported Taylor to San Juan Regional Medical Center. He is now in stable condition.

Photos of a potential suspect vehicle were obtained from nearby surveillance. FPD is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact San Juan County Crime Stoppers at (505) 334-TIPS. No further information is available at this time.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating shooting

Farmington, NM – Yesterday at approximately 11:04 p.m. Farmington police were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of South Bowen Avenue in reference to a shooting. Officers arrived and found a 38-year-old male in the front yard with multiple gunshot wounds. Medics transported the man to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he remains in critical condition. A suspect has not yet been identified. The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident may call the Detective Tip Hotline at (505) 599-1068. Anonymous tips may be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at (505) 334-TIPS.


PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police encourage citizens to be good witnesses, don’t risk personal safety

A Good Witness

Farmington, NM –  The Farmington Police Department has taken several reports where citizens have come face to face with a burglar. Naturally, a person’s first instinct may be to confront and perhaps apprehend the criminal in the pursuit of justice. Having this inclination is human nature, but acting on it can be extremely dangerous. These types of criminals are almost always carrying a weapon, and that weapon is commonly a firearm. Farmington police recommend citizens stay out of harm’s way and be good witnesses.

Being a good witness means observing and taking note of key information that will assist police. This is true for any type of crime an individual may witness – from DWI to burglary. The following is a list of general information that should be provided to dispatch:

  • Time
  • License plate or vehicle description: This can include color, the number of doors, make, model and possible year. Don’t feel as if you must be as specific as, “It was a red 2014 Ford Fiesta with a New Mexico Plate of ABC123.” This is frequently when mistakes are made and the vehicle is not located. If you’re unsure of the specifics, only tell dispatch what you’re certain of and always look for distinguishing features that may separate the vehicle from others. For example, “It was a red car with two doors, it appeared to be newer, it had tinted windows and a sticker on the rear window that read, “I love my job.” These types of descriptions significantly help responding officers.
  • Suspect description: Height, weight, ethnicity, age, hair length, hair color, eye color, tattoos, piercings, and clothing, to include shoes. Any other identifying factors, such as scars, are helpful.
  • Direction of travel: This could be as simple as north, south, east or west. If you’re unsure of a direction, there’s nothing wrong with telling dispatch, “He ran in the direction of Colorado” or “He ran toward Bloomfield.” It’s not uncommon to get mixed up with directions, so this is a good way to communicate with dispatch.
  • Armed or not armed: In this case, it would be important to tell dispatch if you saw the suspect with a weapon. This could be a firearm, knife, bat or any other item that may be used to harm someone. If you did see a weapon, try to give dispatch a description of it. If you didn’t see a weapon, they may have one concealed.

“Making Farmington the type of community we all want it to be, takes a partnership between the public and FPD,” said Chief Hebbe. “We want citizens to call us when they have a problem and not risk their safety unnecessarily. Together, we’re making Farmington a better place to live, work and play.”

To report a crime requiring immediate police assistance, contact dispatch: 911 for emergencies and (505) 334-6622 for non-emergencies. To submit anonymous crime tips when immediate police assistance is not required, call San Juan County Crimes Stoppers at (505) 334-TIPS, submit online at or submit through FPD’s free mobile app for iOS and Android.





PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police arrest 65-year-old man for stalking a minor

Farmington, NM – On Wednesday, March 15 Farmington police arrested 65-year-old Raymond Montoya for aggravated stalking of an 11-year-old girl. The Farmington resident was on probation for an earlier charge of harassment involving the same victim, who was 10 at the time. An Order of Protection was also in place to prevent Montoya from having contact with her.

The harassment charge stemmed from incidents that occurred in May of 2016. Montoya’s initial contact with the girl and her two sisters, then ages 13 and 16, took place at a local establishment. The girls were at karaoke night with their parents, when Montoya started acting and speaking inappropriately toward them. The girls’ mother advised Montoya to stay away from them. A separate incident took place at the skating rink when the 10-year-old girl and her 13-year-old sister were there. Montoya approached the girls, tapped the 10-year-old on the back and expressed he wanted to go away with her. The incidents were reported to FPD on May 10 and an investigation was opened. A warrant was issued for Montoya’s arrest on May 12 on the charge of harassment. He was booked into the San Juan County Dedication Center on May 14.

On March 14, 2017 Farmington police received a report of Montoya showing up at the now 11-year-old’s bus stop on multiple occasions. He had also approached and spoke to her while she was at Walmart with her brother.

On March 14, an arrest warrant was issued for Montoya for the charge of aggravated stalking. He was arrested on March 15 and booked into the San Juan County Detention Center. He is being held on a $10,000 bond.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police are working to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department recently conducted an underage drinking operation aimed at preventing the sale of alcohol to minors. The operation took place earlier this month over a five-hour period and was facilitated by FPD’s District Coordinator Unit. Only one of 18 businesses where minors, working in conjunction with FPD, tried to purchase alcohol were in non-compliance with the New Mexico Liquor Control Act. Businesses visited during the operation included seven package liquor stores and 11 restaurants. The Farmington Police Department would like to commend the 17 businesses that followed the law and properly handled attempted alcohol purchases by minors.