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Sex Offender Notification - Spring Valley

Posted on Aug 3, 2015

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Armed Robbery at Black Canyon City Business – Suspect Sought -$1000 Reward by Yavapai Silent Witness

Posted on Aug 3, 2015

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P.A.N.T. Takes Down Illegal Marijuana Growing Operation – 6 Arrested

Posted on Jul 31, 2015

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A Motorist Assist results in Arrests for Forgery/Fraud/Possession of Meth

Posted on Jul 23, 2015

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Recent Incidents Overview -- Search and Rescue / DUI

Posted on Jul 20, 2015

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Sex Offender Notification for the Ash Fork Community

Posted on Jul 17, 2015

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Mayer Elementary School Vandals Caught resulting from School Resource Deputy’s Investigation

Posted on Jul 16, 2015

 On July 13, 2015, at approximately 11:30 AM, the Mayer School District School Resource Officer (SRO), a YCSO deputy, was contacted by the principal of Mayer Elementary School. The principal told the SRO that during the past weekend, 4 juvenile suspects with skateboards climbed onto the roof of the school and shut down all the AC units. The suspects also turned off 2 main AC units connected to a large refrigerator/freezer resulting in the $500 loss of school food. There was also damage to rain gutters and brackets holding electrical conduit piping had been pulled away their wall mounts. Unfortunately, the school had just been painted last week and would now need major touch-up work. The principal was able to observe a majority of the criminal activity on school surveillance video.

According to maintenance personnel, the suspects had turned off a total of 35 AC units requiring the work and expense of a private HVAC company to check for damage and insure the units were safe to restart. The labor and associated costs for all the work/damage involved in this incident was already exceeding $1000 dollars.

The SRO reviewed the security video and did not immediately recognize any of the suspects as Mayer School District students. Using contacts within the school and around the community developed over the course of duties as an SRO, the deputy was able to speak with a student who had been seen off campus with the four suspects the day of the incident. Upon speaking with this person, the deputy was able to identify and eventually locate all 4 suspects at homes in Mayer and Prescott Valley the following day. Two of the suspects, ages 16 and 14, were from Prescott Valley and 2 others, ages 14 and 11, were visiting from Las Vegas, NV. Three of the suspects had a relative who lived in the vicinity of the school.

The SRO interviewed 2 of the juvenile suspects, also brothers, who were from Las Vegas and visiting in Mayer. Their mother was present to hear the details. These suspects also confirmed the identity of the two remaining suspects who were interviewed later that day. All 4 admitted involvement and charged with Criminal Trespassing, Aggravated Vandalism and referred to the Juvenile Court for prosecution. All the skateboards matching those seen in the video were located during follow-up interviews as further verification of their involvement.

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

K9 stop leads to Seizure of 20 pounds of Meth and 2 Arrests

Posted on Jul 16, 2015

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Sex Offender Notification - Rimrock - Offender McBride Jr.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015

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Sex Offender Notification - Rimrock - Offender Heydorn Jr.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015

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Stabbing Suspect Sought – Rimrock Area

Posted on Jul 14, 2015

 

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On July 12, 2015, at approximately 10:30 PM, YCSO deputies were dispatched to the report of a stabbing incident in Rimrock. Deputies contacted the 39-year-old victim who had a small stab wound to his stomach area. The victim explained that while driving along Cliffside Trail from E. Valley Lane as the road curves right to join Montezuma Avenue, he saw a white female adult dressed all in black on one side of the street and a white male subject on the opposite side of the street. The male subject was described as about 6'00 tall, in his late 30's or early 40's, very thin, and had long dirty blond hair that reached to the middle of his back. He said the male subject was walking a dog which appeared like a Golden Retriever or Yellow Lab.

As he continued driving, the two started to scream and wave their arms at him saying he was speeding. The victim did not believe this was the case and decided to stop his vehicle and approach the male suspect to find out “what his problem was.” Upon contact, the suspect punched the victim in the stomach and although he did not see anything in the suspect’s hand, the victim soon realized he had been stabbed. After the assault, the suspect and his female companion ran away with their dog towards Montezuma Avenue and out of sight. The victim took off his shirt, put pressure on the wound and drove home. He called 911 and EMS personnel treated him before being transported to Flagstaff Medical Center with a non-life-threatening injury.

Assisting deputies checked the area where the incident occurred and could not locate the suspect. Several people were contacted and one witness indicated they saw two people running through a field off of Cliffside Trail around the time of the assault. The field was searched by deputies and nothing was found. Other neighbors in the area had no knowledge of the assault. Darkness may have prevented the possibility of additional witnesses.

If anyone has information regarding this suspect and/or his female companion who were walking a dog that night, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232 and will become eligible for a cash reward if a tip leads to the suspect’s arrest. The case number is 15-026654.

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

3 In-Custody after Domestic Violence Incident – Shot Fired

Posted on Jul 9, 2015

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PRELIMINARY OVERVIEW - The results of an investigation into this incident led to the arrest of 3 brothers - 39-year-old Marcus Foster from Prescott Valley for Aggravated Assault (F) and Disorderly Conduct, 22-year-old Louis Agnetti from Prescott Valley for Discharge of a Firearm (F) and Disorderly Conduct, and 20-year-old John Agnetti from Dewey for Disorderly Conduct. All 3 were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and remain in-custody. Bond has not been set.

Background - Around 6:40 PM yesterday, July 8, 2015, YCSO received call concerning a shot fired and a man yelling in the 4700 block of Joan Drive, in the Diamond Valley subdivision of Prescott. Deputies made contact with a 25-year-old female at a home on Joan Drive, later determined to be the incident location, and she claimed no knowledge of such activity. As deputies continued to check the neighborhood, assisting deputies were attempting to locate a possible suspect vehicle - grey Dodge Durango with a Cardinals sticker visible in the back window. Deputies contacted several neighbors who were adamant the gunshot came from a particular home on Joan Drive where the deputies previously contacted the resident. In the meantime, assisting deputies had located and stopped the Dodge Durango along with 2 more associated vehicles on Highway 69 heading into Dewey.

Deputies returned to the home pointed out by witnesses and re-contacted the 25-year-old female resident who continued to deny any knowledge of a gunshot or fight. Deputies learned she lived in the house with her 26-year-old boyfriend and mother. While checking inside the home for evidence of a gunshot/assault, deputies learned that the female’s boyfriend who she claimed was at work, was driving the Dodge Durango and currently detained by deputies on Highway 69 along with her 3 brothers.

Following interviews with those at the traffic stop location and the female resident who eventually admitted an assault occurred on her property, deputies learned the following:

The identified suspects/brothers were told that their sister’s boyfriend had been disrespectful to their mother and went to the Diamond Valley home to confront him. A verbal argument resulted and apparently Marcus Foster struck the victim in the face with a chain while both were outside the home. At some point during the assault, Louis Agnetti discharged a handgun but it is unknown if the victim was his intended target. It was also alleged that John Agnetti assaulted the victim using a baseball bat. The victim was able to flee in his Dodge Durango but was followed by the suspects in two separate vehicles until deputies intervened.

The involved handgun was found in one of the suspect vehicles and held as evidence.

The victim had visible injuries sustained from the assault. He refused medical treatment.

The investigation continues this morning in Diamond Valley.

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

YCSO K9 Recovers Drugs, including ½ pound of Meth, and large Cache of Weapons / 4 Suspects in-Custody

Posted on Jul 7, 2015

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On June 30, 2015, at approximately 7:45 PM, a YCSO K9 deputy stopped a white 2006 Nissan sedan for equipment and moving violations on north I17 near Rimrock. The on scene investigation resulted in the arrest of 27-year-old Jessie Gutierrez from New Mexico, 33-year-old Robert Gorman from New Mexico, 27-year-old Alyssa Martinez from New Mexico, and 25-year-old Danica Trujillo from Arizona.

All 4 were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and charged with various crimes including Possession/Transportation of Dangerous drug for Sale, Misconduct Involving Weapons, Misconduct Involving Body Armor, Possession / Use of a Narcotic Drug, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. All suspects remain in-custody with Gutierrez on a $52,500 bond, and Gorman, Martinez, and Trujillo, each on a $50,000 bond.

Background –

When deputies spoke with the driver, Danica Trujillo, outside the vehicle she explained the group was heading home to New Mexico. During the conversation, Trujillo exhibited abnormal nervousness and had a hard time identifying her passengers. She claimed “Jessie” was the vehicle owner. During a records check, deputies found Trujillo had a drug possession warrant out of New Mexico.

When Jessie Gutierrez, the front seat passenger, was asked for the vehicle registration, he pretended to be asleep. A fellow passenger “woke” him and he claimed not to have the ownership paperwork. He then acted as though he was going back to sleep. When the deputy directed him to exit the vehicle, Gutierrez refused and began digging around his seat. Sensing he might be reaching for a weapon, the occupants were held at gunpoint and eventually removed with the assistance of additional deputies. During a conversation with Gutierrez, deputies believed he was under the influence of heroin. When rear seat passenger Martinez exited the car, deputies spotted a syringe containing apparent heroin residue on her seat. The final passenger, Gorman, exited and admitted to having several syringes in the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle for additional contraband, deputies found a loaded 9mm handgun stuffed between a seat and the front console. In the front console itself, deputies located a bag of marijuana, and a container of heroin. In the rear passenger compartment, deputies recovered a baggie of meth, a syringe with meth residue and a meth pipe.

In the trunk of the Nissan, deputies discovered 5 more firearms including a loaded shotgun, 2 semi-auto rifles, a handgun, and a ‘sawed-off’ rifle along with nearly 1000 rounds of associated ammunition for these firearms. Deputies also located a bullet proof vest and over ½ pound of meth along with numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

During pre-booking involving Martinez, deputies found a usable quantity of heroin in one of her socks and a bindle with heroin residue and a rubber tourniquet in her front pocket. In Trujillo’s waistband, deputies found a syringe containing heroin.

The investigation into activities related to the suspects and seized contraband is ongoing. No further details have been provided at this time.

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

Verde River Drowning - with updates

Posted on Jul 7, 2015

July 7, 2015 – UPDATED – additional details/victim identified 

Drowning in the Verde River – Victim 8-years-of-age

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YCSO deputies have provided additional information regarding the actions of the victim’s 39-year-old uncle during this incident. The following is a synopsis from case reports -

As the uncle and his nephew were attempting to re-cross the river to return to their vehicle, the uncle told deputies he stepped off a ledge into the water estimated at 7 feet deep. His nephew was holding his arm at the time and both became submerged. His nephew began to panic and pull on his face and neck. During the struggle, the uncle attempted to grab a rock ledge he could feel nearby in hopes of pulling them both out of the water. Due to his nephew’s positon on top of him, he was unable to swim upward and began swallowing a lot of water and feeling as though he was going to drown. He attempted to push his nephew towards the shoreline but was not successful as his nephew continued to panic and would not let go. Finally the uncle separated from his nephew’s grip, was able to surface and head to the shoreline hoping to catch a breath and return to rescue his nephew. He made it near the shoreline and realized he had aspirated water during the struggle to get to the surface. He saw his nephew continuing to panic in the water, and then quickly go under without resurfacing.

After catching his breath, the uncle told deputies he re-entered the water to look for his nephew while screaming for help. Two males come by but would not assist him. A short time later, another man approached him and offered to call 911, but the man had to walk out of the canyon to get cell coverage. 3 female teenagers also heard the screaming and assisted him by trying to locate the victim until fire officials arrive on scene.

EMS personnel treated the uncle at the scene for breathing difficulties.

Deputies indicated no evidence of foul play. The 8-year-old’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner for follow-up. Deputies drove the victim’s mother to the scene from Prescott Valley to meet with officials and other family members.

The victim is identified as 8-year-old Dimas Mendez from Prescott Valley.

 

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Originally issued July 5, 2015 - On July 4, 2015, at 5 PM, YCSO deputies were dispatched to the Beasley Flat recreation area on the Verde River southeast of Camp Verde. (This is in the Coconino National Forest). The initial report came from an uninvolved third party saying that a teenager had been swimming in the river and disappeared. Several people were looking for him, but were unsuccessful so far. Deputies began immediately coordinating additional personnel to assist including DPS Ranger helicopter, YCSRT Backcountry Unit, and Volunteers in Protection. Camp Verde Fire District crews had already deployed and called out their Swift Water Rescue Team. Around 5:45 PM, four members of their team went into the water where the boy was last seen and about 15 minutes later, he was located down river in about 4 feet of water at the river bottom. He was brought out of the water with no signs of life and pronounced deceased from apparent drowning.

Deputies interviewed the victim’s uncle near the scene who told them he had taken his 8-year-old nephew to the east side of the river to look at some caves up on the cliff. They swam across the river, looked at the caves and started back across the river about 30 min. later. As they were nearing the shore the uncle, who was apparently carrying the boy on his shoulders, stepped in a deep hole and both went underwater. The uncle swam to the shore and turned back to get his nephew but he could not reach him. The boy slipped from sight and was not seen again. The uncle began screaming for help and a nearby citizen called 911, but could offer very little information as he was not a witness to the incident. Several people nearby helped to look for the boy but they were unable to find him in the river or on the shore.

The boy’s mother was at home in Prescott Valley when the incident happened. She was escorted to the scene and briefed about the circumstances regarding her son’s death. A member of the Trauma Intervention Program (TIPS) arrived to aid the family with counseling services following this tragic incident.

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THE NARRATIVE BELOW WAS PROVIDED BY THE CAMP VERDE FIRE DISTRICT’S JON HILTON REGARDING THEIR SEARCH AND RECOVERY OF THE DROWNING VICTIM -

“On July 4th at about 16:58 hours, the Camp Verde Fire District was dispatched for a report of an 8 year-old drowning victim in the area of Beasley Flats on the Verde River. It was reported that the victim was still submerged in the river, and had been for approximately twenty minutes. When the crew arrived on scene they made contact with family and a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Officer. They were directed to the last known location of the victim, which was approximately twenty feet from the shoreline. A recon of the area was conducted to define the starting search boundaries.

Upon the arrival of additional resources, Beasley Command was established and the crews were briefed to begin a grid search starting at the last known location in the water. Requests to dispatch were made for an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter and YCSO Search and Rescue to assist in the search operation. A crew of three CVFD swift water rescue technicians entered the water in full protective gear at approximately, while another team of two personnel were used for shore based coordination and search. The depth of water within the search area was calm and between one foot to seven feet deep. The USGS gauge at Camp Verde was registering a flow of 40 cubic feet per second at the time of the incident. After completing the search in the primary grid area, it was expanded downriver approximately 50 feet, and the victim was located submerged in about 4’ of water at 18:01.

The victim was removed from the water to the shore and rapidly evaluated. There were unfortunately no signs of life, as the submersion time was over an hour by this time. YCSO officers were advised of the removal and condition of the victim, and they relocated to the scene. The victim was confirmed deceased, and incident command was terminated. CVFD Rescue 811 remained on scene for a short period of time to coordinate with and assist YCSO and to support the family of the deceased.”

Jon Hilton - http://www.campverdefire.org/

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

Aircraft’s Hard Landing results in injuries to Occupants

Posted on Mar 23, 2015

March 22, 2015 – UPDATE

 

 Aircraft’s Hard Landing results in injuries to Occupants    

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UPDATE – The parties involved are identified as 65-year-old Robert Coester from Gilbert, Arizona, and 71-year-old Charles McCurry from Pennsylvania.

The initial investigation indicates the F-1 Rocket brand single engine plane, owned/built by Charles, lost power on its final approach to the Sedona Airport.  Realizing the aircraft would be unable to make it to the Sedona Airport, Robert stated Charles (an experienced pilot of 34 years) took control of the aircraft making a banking maneuver directing the aircraft in a southern direction.  According to Robert, Charles was able to land the aircraft in a safe area on Chavez Ranch Rd.  The aircraft sustained heavy damage during the landing.

Robert was ground transported to the Verde Valley Medical Center in stable condition with head injuries including a broken left ankle.  His injuries are not life threatening. Charles was ground transported to the Sedona Medical Center where he was subsequently air lifted to the Flagstaff Regional Medical Center with multiple facial fractures, facial lacerations and contusions to his lungs.  Despite the injuries sustained by Charles, hospital personnel stated he was in stable condition.

The NTSB is investigating. The plane has since been removed from the crash site.

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Issued March 21, 2015 --- PRELIMINARY INFORMATION – At approximately 11:30 am today, YCSO deputies were dispatched to a fixed wing aircraft down on Chavez Ranch Road and Cathedral Vista Drive, an area south of the Sedona Airport. The plane, an F1 Rocket experimental model, contained two occupants who both received apparent non-life threatening injuries. EMS personnel were on scene to treat the injured parties. The pilot was transported to Verde Valley Medical Center and his passenger to the Sedona Medical Center.

The plane had flown from Chandler to Prescott earlier and was in the process of flying to the Sedona Airport when it went down.

NTSB and FAA have been notified and will be conducting the investigation. The cause of the crash is under review. Names of the involved parties will be release once verified.

 

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

Sex Offender Notification - Cottonwood

Posted on Nov 14, 2014

Level 2 Sex Offender Notification –Neitzel  (photo of offender may be seen in the attachment)

(Cottonwood)

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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is required to release the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. The offender in this publication has indicated that he will be living in the unincorporated area of Yavapai County. It is the responsibility of the Chief Law Enforcement Office having jurisdiction where the offender resides to make notification to the community. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from Arizona State prison, accepted under an interstate compact or released from the county jail back into the community. Offenders are categorized into three levels: Level One (low risk to the community), Level Two (intermediate risk to the community), and Level Three (high risk to the community).

 

The individual who appears on this notification, 53-year-old David Allen Neitzel, has been convicted of a sex offense which allows for community notification. This sex offender has advised the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office that he will be living at 2654 S Sunset Drive, Cottonwood, Arizona, 86326. This is individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time.

 

Offender Neitzel was convicted of Incest in 2006. The female victim was 20 years of age at the time of the incident. He is considered a Level 2 (intermediate) sex offender.

 

This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is the Sheriff’s Office belief that an informed community is a safer community. CITIZEN ABUSES OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE OR HARASS SEX OFFENDERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

 

The YCSO would like to remind the public of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification program available at www.ycsoaz.gov. This registry will allow anyone to enter a local address which will result in a list of sex offenders registered in Yavapai County living within a one mile radius of the entered address. The registry will also provide information about particular sex offenders registered in Yavapai County. Additionally, a free email notification program is available which will alert you to any sex offender registered in Yavapai County who resides within one mile of the address entered on your subscription.

 

For more details about this important public service tool, please view the online presentation available by clicking the Sex Offender Registry link at the top of the YCSO home page, www.ycsoaz.gov.

 

The YCSO Crime Prevention Unit may be reached at (928) 771-7441 and is available to help you join or start a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have information regarding current criminal activity on this or any other offender, please call Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 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

 

 

 

Sex Offender Notification - Cottonwood (Booth)

Posted on Oct 6, 2014

* Sex Offender photo can be seen in the attachment *

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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is required to release the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. The offender in this publication has indicated that he will be living in the unincorporated area of Yavapai County. It is the responsibility of the Chief Law Enforcement Office having jurisdiction where the offender resides to make notification to the community. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from Arizona State prison, accepted under an interstate compact, or released from the county jail back into the community. Offenders are categorized into three levels: Level One (low risk to the community), Level Two (intermediate risk to the community), and Level Three (high risk to the community).

The individual who appears on this notification, 43-year-old Kenneth Shannon Booth, has been convicted of a sex offense which allows for community notification. This sex offender has advised the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office that he will be living at 3305 E Colt Circle, Cottonwood, AZ, 86326. This is individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time.  

Offender Booth was 20-years-old when he entered the home of a 12-year-old female and touched her. Offender Booth has had numerous contacts with law enforcement for unrelated incidents. Offender Booth is currently on unsupervised probation and is a level 3 (high) risk.        

This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is the Sheriff’s Office belief that an informed community is a safer community. CITIZEN ABUSES OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE OR HARASS SEX OFFENDERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. 

The YCSO would like to remind the public of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification program available at www.ycsoaz.gov. This registry will allow anyone to enter a local address which will result in a list of sex offenders registered in Yavapai County living within a one mile radius of the entered address. The registry will also provide information about particular sex offenders registered in Yavapai County. Additionally, a free email notification program is available which will alert you to any sex offender registered in Yavapai County who resides within one mile of the address entered on your subscription.

For more details about this important public service tool, please view the online presentation available by clicking the Sex Offender Registry link at the top of the YCSO home page, www.ycsoaz.gov.

The YCSO Crime Prevention Unit may be reached at (928) 771-7441 and is available to help you join or start a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have information regarding current criminal activity on this or any other offender, please call Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 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

 

 

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.

 

 

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

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.