FARMINGTON — A Farmington resident was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a standoff that lasted more than three hours in the Wildflower subdivision.

San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputies responded and set up barricades on County Road 3959 at the intersection with County Road 3960.

Residents were allowed to return home, but no one else was allowed inside the barricaded area.

The man is believed to have been transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center after he was taken into custody.

Over the phone and at the scene, Kyle Lincoln, the acting spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, refused to answer questions about the incident. He insisted questions be emailed to him so that they could be reviewed by Sheriff Ken Christesen.

San Juan County Sheriff’s Office deputies tie  crime scene tape  on Wednesday near the scene of a standoff at a home on County Road 3959 in the
San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputies tie crime scene tape on Wednesday near the scene of a standoff at a home on County Road 3959 in the Wildflower subdivision in Farmington. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)

He said he forwarded the questions to Capt. Brice Current, who was off-duty. Current said he would not return to the office to answer the questions.

When called by The Daily Times, Lincoln said he would not be able to answer the questions by the paper's copy deadline.

"You do what you got to do," he said, after being told the story would run without comment from the Sheriff's Office.

The property where the incident took place was surrounded by a large wooden fence, and originally the gate was closed. Around 4:20 p.m., the deputies opened the gate and were able to get on the property. Once inside the fence, deputies aimed guns through a window of the house.

No shots were fired, and the suspect was taken into custody shortly before 5:30 p.m.

Neighbor Sterling Woods said he knew the man taken into custody as "Joey."

A man named J. Untalan lives at 14 Road 3959 in Farmington, according to, an online directory. And according to court records, a Joseph Untalan was charged on Dec. 5 in Aztec Magistrate Court with use or possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, both misdemeanors. He was previously convicted in October 2012 of assault on a peace officer and resisting an officer. A charge of aggravated assault upon a peace officer with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony, was dismissed by the prosecutor.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said that the December 2013 case was sent to district court in April to determine Untalan's competency to stand trial. O'Brien said that a bench warrant was issued June 17 for Untalan after he failed to appear in court.

According to a spokeswoman for the San Juan Regional Medical Center, Untalan was in the emergency care unit Wednesday night.

Laken Johnson, an area resident, arrived at the scene before police tape was in place and waited for a couple of hours outside the perimeter.

"I didn't know what was going on," Johnson said. "I wasn't sure which house it was at."

She said she initially thought it was at her house or the house of an elderly neighbor.

"I've never seen this many cop cars before on this street," she said.

She used her phone to send a picture to her younger brother, who was inside the house. She asked him if he thought she should continue through past the police cars. He told her that he had heard the deputies calling to the suspect that they "didn't want anyone to get hurt."

Realizing that it was more serious, Johnson said she decided not to risk it and to stay back.

Shortly after she arrived, her older brother, Woods, pulled in behind her.

Woods' girlfriend was allowed through to their home because their child was crying and hot. She stood on their porch and watched as the incident unfolded.

Woods said the neighborhood is usually peaceful.

"Ain't nothing going on around here," he said. "The only thing you hear is kids laughing and crying."

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