FARMINGTON — A report of an armed suspect on Friday prompted students at three Farmington schools to "shelter in place."

Farmington schools Assistant Superintendent Frank Stimac said Esperanza and Animas elementary schools and Mesa View Middle School were briefly put on alert at about 2:15 p.m.

"When there's a possible threat outside the school, we lock all the doors and continue with business as usual," he said.

Farmington police Cpl. Guy Postlewait said police were called to Kmart, 300 E. Main St., it was reported that an armed suspect ran across the parking lot.

The police notified Animas Elementary School, 1612 N. Hutton Ave., because the suspect may have been near the school, he said.

Postlewait said police learned the suspect may have been involved in an aggravated assault involving a gun. The sheriff's office is investigating the incident, which happened Friday afternoon on Wildflower Mesa Drive.

For that reason, Mesa View, 4451 Wildflower Drive, and Esperanza, 4501 Wildflower Drive, also took safety precautions.

Postlewait said Farmington police arrested the man at his home near Kmart without incident for an outstanding warrant. The suspect, whose name was not available Friday, had not been charged Friday evening with a crime related to anything that happened that afternoon, Postlewait said.


Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.