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.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Police arrest Farmington man on charges of child abuse and domestic violence

Farmington, NM – Farmington police recently arrested 38-year-old Jeremiah Harriott for abusing his fiance’s 15-year-old son. The incident occurred on January 31 at the victim’s home while his mother was at work. The mother became suspicious after her son, who is visually impaired and non-verbal, was exhibiting unusual behaviors and she saw the towel rack had been knocked off the wall. Typically, a caretaker looks after her son while she is at work, but since Harriott is off on Tuesdays, he watches him. The following morning after Harriott left for work, the boy’s mother reviewed footage from the nanny cam and observed Harriott walking her son to the bathroom. She then heard her son screaming and struggling to breath. The sounds can be heard for approximately three to four minutes. After viewing the video, the woman called police and took her son to the emergency room. An FPD detective responded and conducted an investigation. The detective learned Harriott had been physically abusing the boy and his mother. A warrant was issued for Harriott on charges of abuse of a child and battery against a household member. He was arrested and booked into the San Juan County Detention Center on February 1. He is being held on a $25,000 cash only bond.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police identify suspect in a string of auto burglaries, one ending in a shooting

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department’s Detective Division has identified the suspect in a string of auto burglaries in the area of Barcelona Circle. The most recent occurred on January 8 and ended with a 31-year-old Farmington man being shot after confronting the suspect. Prior to the shooting, the man was inside the residence visiting with the homeowner’s girlfriend when they heard the garage door opening. The man went out to the garage and confronted the suspect who then ran off. The man followed the suspect to a nearby walking trail. The suspect fired at the man, hitting him three times before fleeing. The man was shot in the wrist and both legs. He was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center, treated for his injuries and released.

The Juvenile Wellness Court provided detectives with a credible lead based on the suspect’s description FPD posted to their Facebook page. Through follow-up investigation, detectives were able to identify the suspect as a 17-year-old male from Farmington. He was placed on a probation hold by the Juvenile Wellness Court on January 12 on an unrelated matter. Farmington detectives are requesting the following charges: two counts of 2nd degree felony aggravated auto burglary, one count 3rd degree felony aggravated battery and one 3rd degree felony of tampering with evidence. He is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center.

PRESS RELEASE: Meet FPD’s newly promoted deputy chief

noon-darylFarmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Captain Daryl Noon to deputy chief. Noon has been with FPD for 22 years. He was hired in 1995 as a booking officer in the jail and began working as a police officer in 1996.  During his career, he served in various positions before promoting to sergeant in 2004. In 2009, Noon was promoted to lieutenant and served in Training, Patrol, Investigations and Internal Affairs. He was promoted to captain in April 2016.

Deputy Chief Noon graduated from Shiprock High School in 1990. He attended the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command in 2008, the Northwestern University Executive Management Program in 2012 and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association’s Executive Leadership Institute in 2015. Noon graduated from San Juan College in 2016 with an associate degree and is currently enrolled at the American Military University where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with an emphasis in organizational law enforcement leadership.

“This is a tremendous honor! I am proud of the Farmington Police Department and of our community. I look forward to building on the positive relationships we have developed with our partners throughout not only the city, but also the region,” said Deputy Chief Noon.

Tips on locating and reuniting lost pets

If you’ve ever lost a pet, you know how devastating this can be, especially for your children. If this is the first time you’ve lost a pet, you may wonder what the proper course of action is to try and locate them. We’ve put together a few tips to help you in your search.

First, call non-emergency dispatch at 505-334-6622 and advise the dispatcher your pet is missing. Give the dispatcher your name, address and phone number and include a complete description of your pet. Chances are, they’ve already been found and picked up by an animal control officer, who will then be able to return them to you. This is especially common if the pet is wearing a collar with an ID tag displaying current contact information.

Next, visit the animal shelter and ask if your pet has been turned in or if they already know who may have found your pet. The shelter staff can’t identify animals over the phone because many are similar in appearance, so it’s important to make the trip to the shelter. Their staff recommends checking with them daily.

Finally, be sure to file a lost report with both animal shelters within 60 miles (Aztec and La Plata). Hang fliers in your neighborhood and walk the area on a regular basis. Let friends and neighbors know your pet is missing.

What if I find someone else’s lost pet?
If you come across a lost pet, notify dispatch. Include a description of the animal, your name, address and phone number. Notify the animal shelter and ask them if anyone has reported the pet as being missing. The quickest way for an animal to be returned to its owner is by taking them to the animal shelter or having an animal control officer pick them up. The animal shelter does a great job returning pets to their owners and finding new homes for those that have been abandoned. In fact, the animal shelter has two resource vans to transport dogs and cats to new homes throughout the nation. Last fiscal year, the shelter returned 32% of stray dogs to their owners. Over 2,300 animals were adapted out to new homes and over 1,900 were transferred out to rescues throughout the country.

If you find an animal that has a collar and tags, call the number on the tag. Most rabies tags have the veterinarian’s phone number located on them. He or she will be able to identify and contact the owner from the year and number on the tag. If the animal is taken to the shelter or a veterinarian, they can determine if it is chipped. Both are equipped with chip readers and can locate the owner once they scan and identity the chip number.

If you plan on keeping the animal while trying to identify the owner yourself, be sure to get the message out so the owner knows who has their pet and how to contact you. There are several free ways to do this. The Daily Times has a lost and found column where people who either find or lose a pet may advertise for free (505-325-4545). Social media and sites such as Craigslist are other great platforms to advertise missing animals. There is a Facebook page for lost and found pets in San Juan County at facebook.com/sjcplf. Always use caution and meet in a public place, such as FPD’s online sales exchange location, when exchanging a pet.

Remember, if you find a stray animal, chances are they belong to someone and are greatly missed. Returning a family’s lost pet is a wonderful, easy way to Hustle Kindness in our community!

PRESS RELEASE: Suspect in custody after fleeing from police

Farmington, NM – Yesterday at approximately 5:33 a.m. Farmington police were dispatched to a residence on North Monterey in reference to an aggravated battery. Officers arrived and learned that 33-year-old Jeffery John had hit his roommate multiple times with a baseball bat. John left the area on foot prior to police arriving.

Later that morning at approximately 11:30, FPD was dispatched back to the residence and informed John was seen in the area. A search was conducted and John was located near North Wall and Tycksen. The initial officer made contact with John and saw he was concealing one of his hands in his coat pocket. Commands were given for him to show his hands but he would not comply and fled from the officer. Additional officers arrived to the area and located John in a resident’s backyard on Tycksen where he was apprehended following a struggle. During the struggle, an officer was struck in the face multiple times by John. He was arrested and charged with two counts of resisting and one count of battery on a police officer. Officers are seeking a warrant for additional charges related to the battery that occurred earlier at the residence on Monterey.