Bank inside Farmington Walmart robbed, suspect arrested

Suspect was taken into custody at a Farmington bus stop

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times
The Farmington Police Department is searching for a suspect in a bank robbery which occurred around 9:45 a.m. this morning at First Convenience Bank at the Walmart at 4600 E. Main St.
  • The robbery occurred around 9:45 a.m. at the First Convenience Bank inside the Walmart at 4600 E. Main St.
  • The suspect handed the clerk a note demanding the cash and no weapon was observed
  • The FBI will identify the suspect when he is charged on the robbery.

FARMINGTON — A man accused of a Farmington bank robbery this morning has been taken into custody.

Officers were dispatched around 9:45 a.m. to the First Convenience Bank inside the Walmart at 4600 E. Main St. on reports of a bank robbery, according to a Farmington Police Department Facebook post. 

The department posted photos of the male suspect to its Facebook page in an attempt to locate him. 

The suspect, Justin Watchman Jr., 26, was taken into custody around 1 p.m. at a bus stop near 126 E. Main St, according to Farmington Police spokesperson Georgette Allen.

She declined to comment on the details of the robbery, referring questions to the FBI. The federal agency is involved in the investigation of the case. 

Farmington police will charge Watchman with one count of robbery and the FBI will adopt the case, Allen said. 

By adopting the case, the state charges will be dismissed and the federal charges will take over, according to Allen.

Watchman handed the clerk a note demanding the cash and no weapon was observed, according to FBI spokesman Frank Fisher. 

The entrance of the bank was closed off by police this morning as police investigated the scene. 

The bank was previously robbed on March 18, 2015, by Richard Buckner of Farmington, according to the Daily Times archives.

Buckner approached the bank teller with a handwritten note which stated "Give me $4,000 And Nobody gets Hurt."

Buckner used part of the stolen cash to make a down payment on a vehicle. 

He was arrested on March 20, 2015, and entered a guilty plea on Sept. 1, 2015. 

Buckner received a two-year prison sentence on Feb. 9, 2016, in Albuquerque federal court.

He was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation following his prison term. 

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.