Police arrest man suspected in shooting

The Daily Times staff
Raul Dominguez Lopez Jr.

FARMINGTON — Police have arrested a 28-year-old suspected of shooting a man on Feb. 2 at the Mesa Village Apartments in southeast Farmington.

Raul Dominguez Lopez Jr. was arrested on Friday in Albuquerque, according to Farmington Police Department spokeswoman Georgette Allen.

Agents with the U.S. Marshals Service, Albuquerque police and officers with the Farmington police Gang Unit apprehended Lopez, as well as Tia Largo, 32, and Denise George, 28, at about 10:30 a.m. Friday in the South Valley area of Albuquerque, Allen said.

Police named Largo and George persons of interest in last week's shooting and were seeking them for questioning.

Allen said Lopez and Largo have ties to the Albuquerque area. She said the Marshals Service provided officers assistance because they were seeking violent felons with outstanding warrants.

Farmington police detectives traveled to Albuquerque to interview Lopez, Largo and George. Largo was released, and George was arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant, according to the press release from Farmington police.

Lopez was charged last week in Magistrate Court with attempted murder, aggravated burglary and felon in possession of a firearm.

He is accused of shooting Ryan Yazzie, 29, at a unit at the Mesa Village Apartments on Elm Street.

Police found Yazzie on the floor near the entrance to the unit after the shooting was reported at about 11:30 p.m. Feb. 2, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

He had a gunshot wound to the head and was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center.

Allen said Yazzie was transported last week to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo.

A spokeswoman for Swedish Medical Center said she could not confirm whether Yazzie was a patient at the hospital.

Lopez was being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque and was awaiting extradition to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center, according to the police press release.

His bond was set at $100,000.