Man arrested after 8-hour standoff with police

Noel Lyn Smith

FARMINGTON — A man wanted for armed robbery was arrested this morning after an eight-hour standoff with law enforcement, according to a Farmington Police Department press release.


David Reimers, 34, faces multiple charges, including two counts of sexual penetration and aggravated assault, for an incident that occurred Friday at a local hotel.

Police were dispatched at approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday to the Roadway Inn, 1601 E. Broadway, after receiving a report of an armed robbery. After arriving to the scene, officers learned a suspect allegedly had sexually assaulted a female and taken her luggage.

Reimers was later identified as the suspect by a photo the victim provided police on her phone.

At approximately 1:33 a.m. today, police stopped a truck occupied by Reimers and two other individuals in the area of McKinsey and McCarty avenues in Farmington. The two other individuals exited the truck, and Reimers moved into the driver's seat, then attempted to leave the area. Officers were able to stop Reimers, and he responded by displaying a firearm and threatened to harm himself.

Police established a perimeter, and the SWAT team from Farmington and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Officer were dispatched to the location. Negotiators from the sheriff’s office SWAT team were able to resolve the situation without harm, and Reimers surrendered without incident at about 9:30 a.m. today. He was booked into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe said this afternoon the two individuals who were with Reimers were released after an investigation found no wrongdoing on their part.

Hebbe said residents were told to shelter in place during the incident, and notifications were posted online and announced by loudspeaker.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-546-4636.