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Several Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges at “Rave” near Wilhoit

Posted on Sep 15, 2014

 (booking photos available in the attachment)

On Saturday evening, September 13, 2014, YCSO deputies were called to assist Forest Service personnel with a large outdoor “rave” event in a remote area near Forest Road 72, approximately 8 miles from Wilhoit, Arizona. It was estimated well over 450 party goers were present. The “rave” set up included multiple camp sites and disc jockeys playing amplified recorded music all night at very loud volumes. Noise complaints continued throughout the event which began Friday. Party organizers had already ignored several warnings from law enforcement officers to reduce the volume of amplified music. During a foot patrol inside the event on Saturday, deputies noticed a young man cutting lines in a white powdery substance using an identification card. The male, 17-years-old, was detained and the powder tested positive for cocaine. He provided information on the seller who was eventually located and detained. The seller, also a 17-year-old male, was found in possession of cocaine when searched. Both 17-year-olds are from Phoenix.

During a check of the seller’s tent, which emitted a strong marijuana odor, deputies located several drug paraphernalia items including spoons, scales, baggies, and bongs, along with quantities of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and mushrooms. The seller’s girlfriend, 19-year-old Kaitlin McLain from Scottsdale, was in the tent at the time and later arrested and charged with multiple counts involving Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Marijuana for Sale and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and has since been released on a $2000 bond. Her boyfriend was arrested and booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center on the same set of charges. The 17-year-old juvenile who had been initially detained for possession of cocaine, was charged with Possession of Dangerous Drugs and also booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center.

The above investigation led to the identity of another individual, 24-year-old Everett Dunlap from Glendale, Arizona, known amongst some of the attendees as a drug supplier for rave events. As deputies were investigating those in possession of drugs, Dunlap approached to warn them of “baby rattlesnakes” in the area. Deputies detained Dunlap and discovered he was in possession of over 100 Ecstasy pills (a form of amphetamine), methamphetamine, LSD, and numerous individual packages containing cocaine.

Dunlap was arrested and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale x4, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Misconduct involving Weapons (brass knuckles). He remains in-custody on a $5000 bond.

Sexual Assault Suspect pending Trial Arrested for Harassing Victim

Posted on Sep 10, 2014

September 9, 2014

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Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report that 49-year-old Thomas Bolton of Wilhoit, Arizona, violated court ordered conditions by harassing his minor aged victim in front of a Wilhoit business. Bolton is out on bond with specific conditions of release directing that he is to not to have contact with the victim in this case. Bolton’s charges included Sexual Assault and Sexual Conduct with a minor from a 2013 case. He is scheduled for trial in October of 2014.

Deputies learned that on September 7, 2014, Bolton drove into a business parking lot and blocked the path of a vehicle containing the victim and her friend. Bolton began screaming at the pair and intimidating the victim who was extremely fearful of Bolton’s actions in light of his past behavior and the pending court case. Bolton eventually left after the victim and her friend entered the business to seek help.

The following morning, September 8, 2014, deputies located Bolton at his home and arrested him for charges including Harassment, Disorderly Conduct, Disobey Judicial Order and felony Aggravated Harassment. Bolton is being held without bond.

 

Prostitution Sting nets Suspect Seeking Underage Teens for Sex

Posted on Sep 5, 2014

August 29, 2014 (booking photos are available in the attachment)

  

“I will continue to make these types of operations a priority for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office because the goal of protecting our children from sexual predators must continue. I would like to thank all the assisting agencies for their support and participation in the investigation. On behalf of my fellow law enforcement partners, it is my hope these arrests send a message that preying on our children will not be tolerated in this County.”

Sheriff Scott Mascher

 On August 25th and 26th, 2014, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office joined with several other law enforcement agencies to combat Human Trafficking in Yavapai County. YCSO along with Prescott PD, Prescott Valley PD, Cottonwood PD, Department of Public Safety, Department of Homeland Security/ICE, GITEM, Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT), Camp Verde Marshalls Office and FBI, conducted an operation to target the buyers of child prostitutes. It is important to know that Human Trafficking is the second most prolific crime in the world, second only to narcotics trafficking in terms of revenue generated. The victims of human trafficking are often teenaged girls who, for various reasons, are forced to engage in repeated sexual assaults for the profit of a “pimp” soliciting customers for prostitutes.

In an effort to eliminate the demand for prostitutes, this operation targeted buyers who would otherwise willingly hire underage prostitutes for sexual gratification. After the suspects initiated contact in response to a notice from an internet publication, they made arrangements to meet the underage girls in a specified Yavapai County motel room. Over the course of the two days, the team of combined law enforcement officers apprehended those men who, despite knowing that the girls were legally considered children, were willing to exploit them anyway by way of paid sex acts.

A total of 7 adult men were arrested following their request for sex acts and presentation of payment in the hotel room. Another suspect, 37-year-old Walter Christopher, was arrested at his home in Flagstaff on August 28, 2014, following the service of a search warrant. Christopher is a registered sex offender on probation in Coconino County. Detectives documented Christopher’s arrangements for specific sex acts and his agreement to meet the “underage girls” at the motel. Christopher admitted driving to the hotel but did not follow through with the arrangements. He was charged with 2 counts of Engaging in Prostitution with a Minor and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center. Bond has not been set.

The remaining 7 suspects were booked on at least one count of Engaging in Prostitution with a Minor: 34-year-old Donald Eden from Black Canyon City who remains in-custody on a $20,000 bond, 22-year-old Sean Holden from Flagstaff who remains in custody on a $20,000 bond, 25-year-old Martin Zazueta-Suarez from Cottonwood who remains in-custody on a $10,000 bond, 23-year-old David Flint from Corona, California who remains in-custody on a $20,000 bond, 19-year-old Israel Rodriguez from Flagstaff who was released on a $20,000 bond, and 34-year-old Issac Turincio-Villegas from Cottonwood who remains in-custody on a $20,000 bond. 25-year-old Michael Metzner from Cottonwood was booked on one count of Child Prostitution and remains in-custody on a $ 10,000 bond.

All suspects were booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center.

As indicated following a similar operation in April of this year, anyone who thinks such acts can go unnoticed should think twice before making arrangements to meet a prostitute in this County.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

YCSO Investigating Fatal Vehicle Accident on Walker Road

Posted on Sep 5, 2014

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION –

 

At approximately 12:50 PM, YCSO received a call reporting an overturned vehicle found in a ditch off Walker Road around mile marker two. This area is between the Lynx Lake North Shore turnoff and the Highlands Center turnoff, Walker. Upon arrival, deputies found a lone female driver apparently deceased inside the vehicle. EMS personnel confirmed the death. The vehicle is a white Lexus 4 door sedan. No witnesses to the accident have been located and it is unknown how long the vehicle had been there.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 928-771-3260. Refer to case number 14-031692. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Deputies are in the process of verifying the victim’s name and notifying next of kin. Updates will be sent when they become available.

Suspect sought in Burglary of Black Canyon City Restaurant (photos in attachment)

Posted on Sep 3, 2014

 

September 3, 2014

 On the morning of September 1, 2014, the owner of Beni’s Pizza, located in the 34500 block of Old Black Canyon Highway, reported that his business was burglarized overnight.

Based on a review of video security images, the apparent lone suspect entered the business by breaking out a window. Once inside, the suspect tore away drywall and gained access to the front counter and office stealing several hundred dollars in cash. The suspect also turned off power to the restaurant resulting in extensive damage to food products under refrigeration. Food loss value exceeds $2000.

The suspect is described as a male, age 20’s to early 30’s, medium build, wearing a camouflage design hooded jacket, shorts, black sneakers, and white socks. The burglary occurred at approximately 12:30 AM on September 1, 2014.

Security video stills of the suspect

If anyone has information regarding the suspect in this case, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260 or report tips anonymously to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Refer to case number 14-031307.

 

 

Deputies arrest 3 after Paulden Shooting and Pursuit

Posted on Aug 25, 2014

On August 23, 2014, just after 7:30 PM, YCSO deputies were dispatched to a shooting near Enid Drive and Bramble Drive, Paulden, Arizona. Witnesses reported seeing a suspect, seated as a passenger in a red Chevrolet Blazer, fire 2 shots towards a moving vehicle the Blazer was following. A description of both vehicles was immediately relayed to responding deputies. Witnesses also recognized the driver of the suspect vehicle as “Hawk” Osti, a 21-year-old from Paulden, Arizona.

While a deputy was investigating the shooting scene, he noticed the Chevrolet Blazer turn from Aspen Street onto Enid Drive approaching his location. The Blazer drove past the deputy, left on Bramble Drive, followed by a right turn onto Highway 89 heading south. The deputy began following the Blazer while requesting assisting units before attempting a traffic stop. At Rolling Hills Road on Highway 89 he was joined by a Chino Valley Police unit. When the deputy activated his emergency lights and siren, the Blazer refused to stop and began accelerating. The Blazer passed at least 7 vehicles on the left while reaching speeds of 100 mph as it continued south on Highway 89.

The Blazer eventually turned west on Road 4 North and continued its high speed travel. At Reed Road, officers could detect the odor of marijuana coming from the Blazer. The vehicle continued to Yuma Drive, drove north, and entered a neighborhood off of Pheasant Place. The Blazer finally came to stop near a cliff and dead end off of Young Drive in Chino Valley. Deputies arrested 3 suspects from the vehicle without incident. The driver was confirmed as Hawk Osti. The front seat passenger was identified as 20-year-old Edgar Llanes from Prescott Valley, and the rear passenger was identified as 19-year-old Julio Gonzalez – hometown not identified.

A firearm was recovered from the vehicle. It was determined the Blazer had been stolen from a location in Prescott Valley. As of this writing, there is no indication the bullets struck any nearby objects.

Gonzalez later admitted firing the weapon and claimed he was target shooting road signs. The investigation continues as to the shooting incident, its purpose, and any potential victims. Due to possible gang affiliations involving these suspects, detectives from the GITEM (Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission) task force arrived to follow-up on the shooting.

Gonzalez was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Misconduct Involving Weapons, Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm, Discharging Firearm at a Structure, Unlawful Use of Means of Transportation, Unlawful Flight, and Endangerment. He remains in-custody on a $10,000 bond.

Llanes was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Unlawful Flight, Unlawful Use of Means of Transportation, Misconduct Involving Weapons, and Endangerment. Llanes remains in-custody on a $7,000 bond.

Osti was also booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center. His charges include Unlawful Flight, Misconduct Involving Weapons, Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm, Discharging a Firearm at a Structure, Unlawful Use of Means of Transportation, Open Alcohol Container in Vehicle, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Endangerment. Osti remains in-custody on a $12,000 bond.

YCSO greatly appreciates the assistance of Chino Valley Police Officers and GITEM detectives with this incident.  

 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

6 YCSO Personnel each Honored with 20 years of Service

Posted on Aug 19, 2014

 6 YCSO Personnel each Honored with 20 years of Service          

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Earlier this month, Sheriff Scott Mascher honored 6 law enforcement personnel for their combined total of 120 years of service to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. The employees come from various assignments around the agency including Patrol Sgt. (Wachter), Criminal Investigation Sgt. (Williams), Patrol Lt. (Martin), Criminal Investigations (Cain), Recruitment/Training Sgt. (Rousselle), and Detention Commander (Rhodes).

In front of staff, family, and friends, Sheriff Mascher individually acknowledged their dedication to service with the agency and various accomplishments over the years. The Sheriff noted that the ability to retain experienced personnel benefits not only the Sheriff’s Office, but those we serve.

The Sheriff would also like to thank Board of Supervisors Chairman Rowle Simmons and County Administrator Phil Bourdon for their presence at the ceremony.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Swift Water Competition results in 2nd place for Back Country Unit

Posted on Aug 15, 2014

August 14, 2014

 Swift Water Competition results in 2nd place for Back Country Unit

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Back on May 31, 2014, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Response Team (YCSRT) Backcountry Unit, participated in the 13th annual swift water rodeo held by the Arizona Hike Shack and the Department of Public Safety. This year the Backcountry Unit took two teams of swift water rescue technicians to the competition. One team took 2nd place overall the other team placed 3rd, only a few points behind. The competition took place at Saguaro Lake Ranch in Mesa, Arizona and involved various events including team rafting maneuvers and rope based swift water rescue scenarios.

There were twelve different agencies represented at the competition. Last year, the Backcountry Unit proudly took first place in the event.

Team member Josh Schmidt said, “The competition is great and more importantly the scenarios the team experiences and are exposed to provide an incredible challenge. The team looks forward to next year’s competition as these scenarios are invaluable to our training. The YCSRT Backcountry Unit would like to give a special thanks to DPS and the Arizona Hike Shack, as well as any other individuals that donated their time to making this event possible.”

Sheriff Mascher truly appreciates these incredible volunteers and their effort to strive and be the best experts in this field. YCSO is honored to have this team available 24/7 to those who might find themselves in need of such a water rescue.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Wanted Man flees from Law Enforcement during Traffic Stop in Black Canyon City - **THIS SUSPECT HAS BEEN ARRESTED**

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

 Wanted Man flees from Law Enforcement during Traffic Stop in Black Canyon City           

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This morning, just before 5AM, 30-year-old Dustin Bush of Cottonwood, fled from deputies during a traffic stop on I17 in the area of Rock Springs Road, Black Canyon City. Bush is wanted for robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and endangerment resulting from an incident occurring in the City of Cottonwood in mid-July of this year. Cottonwood detectives have been working with detectives from the Partner’s Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT – a multi-agency narcotics task force) on this case and the search for Bush. A warrant for Bush has been issued with a bond set at $250,000. 

Bush is a white male, 5’ 09” tall, 185 pounds, bald, wearing a red shirt and black shorts. He is very likely armed with a handgun. An extensive search throughout the morning was unsuccessful but detectives continue to work leads.

If you see this suspect, call 911 immediately. Do not approach this individual. If anyone has knowledge regarding the whereabouts of Bush, please call the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260 or report anonymous tips to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Detectives Investigating Suspicious Death – Seeking Public Input (see photo in the attachment)

Posted on Aug 1, 2014

Detectives Investigating Suspicious Death – Seeking Public Input          

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Just before 11am yesterday, July 31, 2014, YCSO deputies were dispatched to the report of a dead body lying in water in Beaver Creek along the Bell Trail in Wet Beaver Creek Canyon, Yavapai County. The body was discovered by hikers.

The body was eventually identified as that of 43-year-old George Wesley Montgomery from Peoria, Arizona. He is described as a black male, 6’ 2” in height, who was wearing a yellow shirt and shorts. Montgomery had suffered a gunshot wound and a firearm was recovered near his body. The manner of death has not been determined as detectives continue to investigate the circumstances.

Montgomery last had contact with family members by phone on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, around 7 PM. At that time there was an indication he was hiking along the Bell trail. Detectives are asking anyone who might have been hiking on Bell Trail between the hours of 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday, to contact them regarding this investigation.

Montgomery’s vehicle, a 2002 white GMC Envoy, was located and recovered from a turnout area near the trail.

If anyone has information regarding this case, please contact Detective John McDormett at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

2 Juveniles and a Crime Spree – Argument with Parent leads to Arrest

Posted on Jul 29, 2014

2 Juveniles and a Crime Spree – Argument with Parent leads to Arrest          

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The arrest of a 16-year-old male on July 22, 2014, in the 3600 block of Jester Circle, Prescott Valley, led to solving a series of crimes and also resulted in the arrest of another 16-year-old male who was involved. Based on follow-up interviews with the suspects, YCSO deputies and Prescott Police detectives were able to obtain background information on the activities regarding this crime spree. Both suspects were booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center.

Background on criminal activity - In May of this year, the two 16-year-old suspects stole two bicycles from a home in the Wildwood Estates located off Irons Springs Road, Prescott. The suspects then burglarized a home nearby stealing a tent and what they thought was a marijuana plant. The suspects rode the stolen bikes to nearby Camp Yavapines and attempted to steal a golf cart, but could not get it to run. They eventually abandoned the cart by rolling it down a hill with both stolen bikes inside. A short distance away at a home in the 3000 block of Iron Springs Road, the suspects stole 2 Polaris brand quads, both parked with keys in the ignition. The suspects hid one of the quads and rode off with the other. The hidden quad was discovered on May 21, 2014, in a ditch and returned to the owner.

As part of this crime series, it was also discovered the suspects vandalized several buildings at Camp Yavapines. Additionally, both shoplifted items from the Walmart on Gail Gardner Way, Prescott.

The arrest and follow-up - On July 22, 2014, deputies were called to a park near Jester Circle in Prescott Valley by the mother of one of the suspects. She had questioned her son regarding the quad he had been riding and contacted his probation officer. This upset her son who was still home at the time. When deputies attempted to contact her son at home, he fled on the quad, and ran a couple of stop signs before deputies were able to stop him. He initially resisted arrest, but was taken into custody. The deputy recognized the quad from his prior investigation and confirmed it was stolen from the home on Iron Springs Road in May. At this point, the suspect also identified his crime partner and confessed to the additional thefts and vandalisms in the Prescott area. The 2nd suspect was arrested the following day.

Both the Prescott Police Department and Sheriff’s Office continue their investigation into these crimes.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Jail Escapee Now a Fugitive - $5000 Reward Offered

Posted on Jul 14, 2014

Jail Escapee Now a Fugitive - $5000 Reward Offered

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Yavapai Silent Witness, 1800-932-3232 is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest of fugitive Wade Cole Dickinson, 28, who escaped from the Camp Verde Detention Center Saturday afternoon.

Prior to the escape, Dickinson was concluding several criminal cases involving fraud schemes, false reporting of a stolen vehicle, theft, prohibited possession of a firearm, weapons misconduct, possession of dangerous drugs, etc., all occurring while he was on probation. He was expecting 24 year prison term. Victim’s included business associates, friends and an insurance company.

On Saturday, July 12, 2014, around 2:30 pm, Dickinson was able to scale a wall in the recreation yard of the Detention Center, separate overhead security fencing to access the roof and climb down to ground level. Dickinson then ran across the parking area and was seen attempting to steal a small pick-up truck parked outside a business located along Highway 260 in front of the jail. When the business owners came outside, Dickinson ran across Highway 260 and then east along Old Highway 279 out of sight. The owners immediately called YCSO to report a possible escape. The jail was quickly locked down and following a head count, Dickinson was confirmed missing.

Just before 11 PM that night, YCSO received a credible report Dickinson was seen on Middle Verde Road in the area of I17. An exhaustive search with the assistance of multiple agencies and tracking dogs was unsuccessful and concluded late yesterday. YCSO still cautions residents in the Camp Verde area to remain on alert as Dickinson does have acquaintances in the Camp Verde area.

 An internal review into the escape incident is underway.

YCSO appreciates the numerous phone calls received since the escape. Every credible lead will be checked. If someone wishes to remain anonymous, please call Silent Witness. If you see the fugitive, call 911. Do not approach Dickinson.

Anyone who provides aid, support, concealment, or hinders investigative efforts with knowledge Dickinson is a wanted fugitive, could be arrested and charged criminally.

A wanted poster with details on Dickinson’s physical description can be accessed in the alert box on our homepage at www.ycsoaz.gov. Also, check the alert box for the latest updates.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Suspects Sought in Cottonwood Home Invasion this Morning

Posted on Jul 12, 2014

 Suspects Sought in Cottonwood Home Invasion this Morning

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PRELIMINARY INFORMATION - At approximately 5:15AM this morning, YCSO deputies were dispatched to the 900 block of North Rio Verde Circle, Cottonwood, regarding a home invasion robbery.

Deputies spoke with a female victim in her 50’s who explained that 3 men forcibly entered her home sometime around 4 AM, tied her up, and stole property. The victim was not physically injured or assaulted otherwise. The suspects told her they were armed. Details on their descriptions are expected in follow-up notifications.

During the investigation, detectives developed information regarding the suspect’s vehicle which is identified as a black Nissan Maxima, possibly a 2005 or 2006 model, all passenger windows blacked out with tint like that used for limousines. The vehicle displayed an Arizona Cardinal license plate, unknown numbers and last seen direction. Neighbors told deputies they had seen the vehicle in the area the prior evening.

Detectives are following up on leads this afternoon.

If you have any info, please contact YCSO at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232 to report tips anonymously. Refer to case number 14-024747.