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Fugitive Jennifer Acuna Captured

 CAPTURED!  Fugitive Jennifer Acuna Captured


Catch 22 Day 17



On 0821/20, Deputies from the United States Marshal's Service located Jennifer Acuna in Clovis, New Mexico and took her into custody without incident.  

See below for the original article. 


It’s day 17 of Yavapai Silent Witness’ Catch 22 Program.  Today Yavapai County Law Enforcement is asking for your help in finding Jennifer Crystal Acuna.

On December 20, 2018, while making a probation arrest on another subject, Acuna was contacted with several other subjects inside a trailer in the Seligman area.  Deputies and Probation Officers found dangerous drugs, drug paraphernalia and marijuana plants inside the trailer.  Further investigation revealed the trailer was stolen out of Coconino County and there was a bill of sale showing that Acuna had sold the stolen trainer to a third party.  Acuna was arrested and later convicted of Theft, Trafficking Stolen Property and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia but has since violated her probation.  

Acuna currently has a nationwide extraditable probation violation warrant with a $25,000 bond.  Acuna is described as a white female, 5 feet 7 inches, 145 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.  She also has multiple tattoos to include one on the left side of her neck that appears to be lips. Her last known address was in the Chino Valley area. 

If you provide information that leads to the arrest of #17 of “CATCH 22” you could earn a $500.00 cash reward. To earn the reward, you must call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip at  Remember, you never have to give your name.     

Sean Michael Crowley

 CAPTURED!  Sean Michael Crowley

Day 12 of Yavapai Silent Witness' Catch 22 Captured!

Reward No Longer Offered

On June 17, 2020 detectives with Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking and K-9 officers responded to the 1800 block of Dineh Drive in Prescott where they took Crowley into custody without incident.  This is another great job by our law enforcement professionals bringing in the fugitive and more importantly going home safe! 


Sara Maria Distefano, Day 14 of Catch 22 Captured.

 CAPTURED!  Sara Maria Distefano, Day 14 of Catch 22 Captured.

On January 28, 2020, A Linn County Oregon Sheriff’s Deputy located 40-year-old Catch 22 fugitive Sarah Maria Distefano at her residence in Sweet Home, Oregon.  The Deputy contacted Distefano and quickly placed her under arrest without incident.  Distefano, formerly from the Cornville area, was wanted on charges of Felony Aggravated DUI as well as Escape.  Distefano has since been extradited back to Yavapai County and is confined in the Yavapai County Jail. 

This is a great example of law enforcement’s interagency cooperation that so often occurs across state lines and is so effective. 

Jonathon Bracher

 CAPTURED!  Jonathon Bracher




Due to some exceptional police work on the part of the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Warrant Unit out of the Phoenix area, Jonathon Bracher was arrested this morning in the area of West Roma in Phoenix.  Bracher is currently in the Maricopa County Jail awaiting extradition to Yavapai County.  No further information is available at this time. 


Once again, and I can’t say it enough, great job by our Arizona Law Enforcement Professionals.

Austin Allen Fiser Arrested

 CAPTURED!  Austin Allen Fiser Arrested

January 11, 2020




On January 11, 2020 at approximately 12:52 AM, Deputies with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office located Austin Allen Fiser and took him into custody on multiple Yavapai County Warrants.  He will be awaiting extradition to the Yavapai County Jail. Great job by our neighboring county’s law enforcement professionals getting a dangerous criminal off the streets! 




On April 23, 2019, after an approximately seven-year stretch on the run, Cottonwood Police officers and Detectives from Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) were able to locate and arrest Silent Witness Catch 22 suspect Daniel Sanchez Martinez.  Martinez was arrested for his outstanding warrant stemming from charges of aggravated assault per Domestic Violence, Criminal Impersonation, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as an additional charge of taking the identity of another.  Another example of great police work!!


Reward no longer offered
Thanks to the assistance of the Yavapai County Attorney's Office in expanding the extradition of the warrant, Angelina  Heydorn is now in custody in Santa Barbara County, California awaiting extradition to Yavapai County.    Heydorn was wanted on a felony warrant for Aggravated Robbery, Assault, and Theft.  Great job by all involved!!


On August 23, 2018 Catch 22, Day 14, Francisco Gardea was arrested in Prescott Valley due to a Silent Witness tip. The reward has been paid. 


On August 21, 2018 Kyle Sims, Catch 22, Day 8, was arrested in Florida.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested 2/05/18 in Phoenix

Robert Wayne Dozier
Robert Wayne Dozier, Day 12 of "Catch 22" Phase 41, was arrested on 2/05/18 in Phoenix. The cash reward is no longer being offered.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested on 8/22/17 in Lake Montezuma

Jerriad Allen Wallace
Jerriad Allen Wallace, Day 9 of "Catch 22" Phase 40, was arrested on 8/22/17 in Lake Montezuma. The cash reward is no longer being offered.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested in Connection with Antique Sign Theft

Two Prescott Area Men
Two Prescott area men have been arrested in connection with the antique sign theft on Old Hwy 66. The cash reward is no longer being offered!

 CAPTURED!  Arrested in Connection with a Murder

Anthony Richards
The YCSO has arrested Anthony Richards in connection with the murder of Larry Powers of Congress. The cash reward is no longer being offered.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested in Missouri

Callie Lorraine Smith
DAY 14 of "CATCH 22", Callie Lorraine Smith, has been arrested in Missouri by the Joplin Police Department. There is no longer a reward being offered.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested in California by the U.S. Marshall’s Office

Summer Sizelove
DAY 4 of CATCH 22, Summer Sizelove, has been arrested in California by the U.S. Marshall’s Office. There is no longer a reward being offered.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested by Prescott Valley Police

Suspect in Home Depot Bomb Threat
On January 16, 2016 the Prescott Valley police arrested the suspect in the November 30, 2015 bomb threat of the Prescott Valley Home Depot and the $1,000.00 cash reward has been paid.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested in Pennsylvania

David Wayne Maloney
Day 8 of “Catch 22”, David Wayne Maloney was arrested at his home in Wimber, Pennsylvania on 10/26/15 by the Wimber Police Department thanks to a tip to Yavapai Silent Witness. He is being held in the Somerset County Jail in Wimber, PA. awaiting extradition back to Arizona.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested in by the U.S. Marshall's and officers from the Flagstaff Police Department

James Darryl Hickey
James Darryl Hickey has been captured and is no longer wanted in Yavapai County.  Hickey was arrested in Flagstaff, AZ on Friday, July 24, 2015 by the U.S. Marshall's and officers from the Flagstaff Police Department. There is no longer a $500.00 reward being offered for the arrest of Hickey.

 CAPTURED!  No Longer Wanted in Yavapai County

Jason Niedermeyer
Jason Niedermeyer has been captured and is no longer wanted in Yavapai County.

 CAPTURED!  No Longer Wanted in Yavapai County

John Lee McVeigh
John Lee McVeigh has been captured and is no longer wanted in Yavapai County.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested in Minnesota on Multiple Charges

Nicholas Wayne Gunter
On October 9, 2014 Duluth, Minnesota Police Department captured Nicholas Wayne Gunter. He was wanted on six different charges including theft, fraud, burglary, forgery and identity theft. The $500 reward is no longer being offered.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested in Tucson

Cecilio Cruz
On September 16, 2014 Cottonwood Police and area law enforcement arrested 34-year-old Cecilio Cruz for 2nd degree murder and manslaughter for the 1997 murder of Marisol Gonzalez and her unborn full term baby, Andrew. Cruz was arrested at his place of work in Tucson, Arizona. The reward in this case is no longer being offered.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested in Rocky Point, Mexico

Richard Duane Ritter
DAY 10 of "CATCH 22", has been apprehended by the U.S. Marshall's Service and Mexican Immigration in Rocky Point. Police say that Richard Duane Ritter was wanted on several charges. The first count has to do with Ritter not showing up for a hearing on charges of theft, trafficking in stolen property and a weapons violation. Count #2 has to do with Ritter failing to register as a sex offender. This apprehension was made possible by a Silent Witness call. Caller will receive a $500 reward.

 CAPTURED!  Fled from a Traffic Stop

Dustin Bush

On the morning of August 1, 2014 , 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.


 CAPTURED!  Escaped from Camp Verde Jail

Wade Cole Dickinson
Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a $5,000.00 cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of Wade Cole Dickinson. Dickinson escaped from the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde on July 12th and at this time is still on the loose. Dickinson is a 28-year-old white male who is 6/1 and weighs about 190 pounds. Dickinson has family in the Camp Verde and Prescott Valley areas.

 CAPTURED!  Prescott Bank Robbery

Male Suspect

On Monday June 23, 2014 at approximately 9:45 AM the Compass Bank on East Gurley Street was robbed. A lone male entered the bank and presented a teller with a note demanding cash. For safety purposes, the teller complied and gave the suspect the cash.

The suspect left the bank through the south side exit. The suspect is described as a white male in his early to mid twenties. He is approximately six foot tall with a medium build. He was wearing a maroon shirt with grey sleeves, and a grey breast pocket. He was also wearing black shorts and a grey and black flat brimmed baseball style cap. The suspect was wearing dark sunglasses while in the bank. No one was injured during the robbery and no weapon was displayed. The amount of cash taken is unknown at this time.


 CAPTURED!  Puppy Thrown from Moving Car

Male Suspect

Yavapai Silent Witness offered a $500.00 cash reward for information that led to the arrest of the man who threw a small puppy out of a moving car on Cornville Road. It was in the evening on June 10th when the witness saw 3 people in a white newer Chevy sedan (possibly a Chevy Cruz). In the front seat were two Caucasian women who both had medium dark hair and the man in the back seat was bald. As the car travelled on Cornville Road the man in the back seat flung a small puppy out the window as the car was going about 50 MPH. This was on Cornville Road just above the switchbacks.

The puppy is a black and white female Pit Bull that is about 6 weeks old. If you have any information about the animal abuse, please call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Remember that you never have to give your name and if your information leads to an arrest, you will be offered a cash reward.


 CAPTURED!  Arrested in Sonora, Mexico

Christopher Wayne Scalf

Christopher Wayne ScalfA man who was convicted on child sex charges in Prescott and then allegedly fled the country in violation of his lifetime sex offender probation was arrested Thursday by the U.S. Marshall's Service in Sonora, Mexico. Christopher Wayne Scalf, 32, was the subject of a 2009 Yavapai Silent Witness “Catch-22″ profile after he was believed to have gone on the run in 2006, according to a U.S. Marshall's Service news release.

Scalf was found guilty in 2002 of two counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor. The charges stemmed from an incident in which Scalf, a worker at a Prescott-area fast food restaurant, had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl, a customer, at her mother’s home while the mother was asleep. He engaged in similar conduct on at least three other occasions, the news release said. A plea agreement allowed Scalf to avoid four counts of sexual conduct with a minor under 15. He was convicted and sentenced to a term of lifetime probation by then-Superior Court Judge Janis Ann Sterling, but he left the country. Scalf was located in Guaymas, Sonora, and arrested last week without incident, the release said.

In addition to the probation violation, he failed to register as a sex offender, the release said. “Christopher Scalf is just another child predator who refused to abide by the conditions imposed upon him by the court,” David P. Gonzales, U.S. Marshall for the District of Arizona, said. “Once again, the U.S. Marshall's Service has proven that child predators are our top priority.” The U.S. Marshall's Service said he has been brought back to the U.S., but a Yavapai County Sheriff’s spokesman said on Tuesday that Scalf was not yet in the Camp Verde jail.


 CAPTURED!  Wanted for Luring Children and Drug Charges

Mark Neuman
Mark Neuman

Yavapai Silent Witness was offering a $500.00 cash reward for information that led to the arrest of Mark Neuman. Neuman is a 57-year-old man who is 5'10" and weighs about 140 pounds. He has brown hair and is bald on top with a full beard that is mostly gray. He rides a bicycle and has connections on Lillian Lane in Prescott. He frequents Acker Park and the downtown Prescott area and it appears that he is homeless. 

Neuman was wanted by the Prescott Police on felony warrants for attempting to lure a 10-year-old girl for sex after showing her pornographic photos and talking to her suggestively. He also showed pornographic material to an 11-year-old boy and was recently found to be in possession of meth and a meth pipe.


 CAPTURED!  Arrested in Canton, Ohio

Kenneth Briandt Winland
Kenneth Briandt WinlandThe US Marshal’s Office have confirmed a “Catch 22” arrest in Ohio. Yavapai Silent Witness recently sent the local Marshall’s information on Day #17 of the most resent “Catch 22” Kenneth Briandt Winland. The Marshall’s informed Silent Witness that the information was good and that they had just arrested Winland while he was at work in Canton, Ohio.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested in Indiana for Murder in Prescott

Jane Leslie Carpenter

On October 29, 2012 at about 9:15 A.M. (Arizona Time) Jane Leslie Carpenter age 61 was arrested in LaPorte County Indiana and charged in the murder of her husband, Brent Carpenter. The murder of Brent Carpenter occurred in the Yavapai Hills Subdivision in Prescott on June 4, 2002. Mr. Carpenter was 71 years old when he was stabbed and beaten to death inside the home he shared with Jane.

Prescott Police Investigators traveled to Indiana this weekend and worked with Indiana State Police Officials to track down and apprehend Jane Carpenter. She was booked into LaPorte County Jail on one count of first-degree murder. Prescott Police Investigators will work with the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office on the extradition of Jane Leslie Carpenter back to Arizona. No reward was applicable to this apprehension.


 CAPTURED!  Arrested on Drug Charges

Kory King France
Kory King FranceDay 17 of “Catch 22″ Kory King France was arrested on drug charges.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested on Drug Charges

James Stanton Stewart
Day 4 of “Catch 22″, James Stanton Stewart was arrested June 25, 2012. Stewart was wanted on 5 felony drug charges.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested by YCSO and US Marshals Office

Jocinda Lee Shepherd
Jocinda Lee ShepherdDay 6 of “Catch 22”, Jocinda Lee Shepherd has been arrested. Shepherd was arrested May 15, 2012 by members of the US Marshals Office and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. The arrest followed a call to Yavapai Silent Witness. A $500.00 cash reward will be offered to the caller. Shepherd was wanted by the YCSO for a March 2012 $100,000.00 burglary to a home near Prescott Valley.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested on Multiple Charges

Juan Ramon Dominguez
Juan Ramon Dominguez19 year-old Juan Ramon Dominguez of Cottonwood was apprehended for an outstanding warrant after he fled from police. As officers attempted to place him under arrest, he fled on foot through a neighboring property and over a fence. Once officers contacted him, he continued to resist arrest and fought with officers. They successfully deployed a Taser on him and he was placed under arrest. A subsequent search of his person yielded a homemade pipe determined to be consistent with drug paraphernalia. The original warrant stemmed from an aggravated assault on a peace officer charge in 2010 and he had been previously featured on Yavapai County’s Catch 22 program. Dominguez was booked in at the Yavapai County Jail on charges of failure to appear (for the original warrant), false reporting to law enforcement, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested by Prescott Police

Martin Lee Williamson
On December 15, 2011 Prescott police arrested, Martin Lee Williamson, on an attempted murder warrant after Yavapai Silent Witness received a call about Williamson’s whereabouts. Williamson was Day 7 of phase 29 of “Catch 22”, and there was a $500.00 reward being offered for information that led to his arrest. Williamson was booked into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde and the $500.00 reward was paid.

 CAPTURED!  Arrested in the Village of Oak Creek

Jose Acosta

On May 13, 2008 dispatchers at the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office in Prescott, Arizona received two Silent Witness calls before 9:30 a.m. about the whereabouts of Jose Acosta.

Jose Acosta was featured in “Catch 22″ and had been wanted for the last three years on child molestation charges. The callers said that they heard the advertisement on the radio and decided to call Silent Witness. Deputies from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office were sent to an area in the Village of Oak Creek and a short time later identified Acosta and made the arrest. The streets are a little safer now!


 CAPTURED!  Arrested in Mexico by US Marshall's

Douglas Dishon

Douglas Dishon was arrested in Mexico on December 7, 2009 by US Marshals. He is currently being held in the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde. He was being investigated for the murder of his wife, Vicki Dishon, by Mexican officials. However, their investigation has ended and he will now be returned to the United States. It is not known when he will be returned to Arizona to answer to charges in Yavapai County.

Dishon worked and lived in the Dewey area and was arrested in 2004 for child molestation and child abuse but failed to show up for a hearing on July 13, 2005. At that time a warrant was issued for his arrest and efforts to locate him have been ongoing. Dishon has been featured in “Catch 22″ over the past four years as well as on TV’s America’s Most Wanted. Silent Witness had received numerous calls over time indicating he lived in Mexico but none of the callers seemed to know just where.


 CAPTURED!  YCSO Detectives arrest Cottonwood man in home invasion

Kenneth Birchett

The combination of an exhaustive investigation by deputies, detectives and evidence personnel, exemplary forensic work, and determination by the lead detective to see this case solved on behalf of the victims, has led to the arrest of 48-year-old Kenneth Birchett from Cottonwood.

This case has been a top priority for YCSO since the incident was reported on July 25, 2011. On that date, deputies arrived at the home on Apache Drive in the Village of Oak Creek and met two victims who are husband and wife. Deputies learned a male suspect had entered the home while the husband, 67, was out on a morning walk. The suspect confronted the man’s 64-year-old wife and assaulted her with a stun gun to gain compliance. He then bound her with duct tape while demanding money. When her husband arrived home, a fight ensued and the suspect struck him over the head with the butt of a handgun causing a serious laceration. During the struggle, the suspect fired a round, which fortunately did not strike either victim. His wife was able to escape and run to a neighbor’s house for help as the suspect fled from the area.

Over the next few days, detectives and evidence technicians gathered critical evidence from the victim’s home. During a search of adjacent properties, a plastic bucket was found in an area, which provided concealment and a view of the victim’s front door. Assuming it had been handled by the suspect, it was submitted to the DPS crime lab. A forensic examination recovered a fingerprint, which led to the identification of Birchett. Later evidence recovered from the victim’s home provided a DNA match to Birchett.

Detectives initially discovered the suspect had ties to North Dakota, but developed information regarding a Cottonwood, Arizona, residence where he was found and arrested on January 9. Birchett has been charged with Kidnapping, Burglary, Robbery and Aggravated Assault and remains in-custody on a $200,000 bond. Apparently, Birchett identified the victims during previous area casino visits.

Sheriff Mascher is very proud of the efforts by all YCSO personnel, noting the outstanding work by the case detective, to identify and arrest this dangerous suspect.

One of the victims recently said, “We have been so fearful since this incident and the arrest has lifted a great burden from us.”

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