Joseph Untalan
Joseph Untalan (Courtesy of the San Juan County Adult Detention Center)

FARMINGTON — The San Juan County Sheriff's Office confirmed Thursday evening that Joseph Untalan was taken into custody after a more than three-hour standoff in the Wildflower subdivision on Wednesday.

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched at about 12:30 p.m. to unit 14 on County Road 3959 after receiving reports that Untalan, 28, was at the residence, according to a press release.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said Wednesday that a warrant was issued June 17 for Untalan's arrest after he failed to appear at a competency hearing. He was accused in December of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

The sheriff's office said in the release that Untalan was possibly under the influence of an illegal drug, and he had been armed with knives during previous contacts with law enforcement. The sheriff's office SWAT team was called to the scene as a result.

The SWAT team negotiator arrived at 2 p.m. but was not able to make contact with Untalan for about two hours. A search warrant was obtained for the residence, and a camera-equipped robot was dispatched to clear the residence.

The SWAT team entered the master bedroom after a search of the residence, the release states. Untalan was found hiding behind a false wall in the closet and taken into custody without incident.

Officers transported Untalan to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he was medically cleared. He was later transported to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

The release states Untalan faces an additional charge of resisting an officer.

According to court records, charges have not yet been filed.

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