Yavapai Silent Witness offers $500.00 cash reward!
Prescott Valley police say that sometime between March 20th and March 27th 2013 someone broke numerous windows on two buildings in Eastridge. The two buildings are located at 8652 E. Eastridge Dr. and 8594 E. Eastridge Dr. which is near Hwy 69 and Navajo in Prescott Valley. Both of these addresses are vacant business locations awaiting rental.
Police say it’s possible the damage was caused by a BB or pellet gun. The total damage of the broken windows is close to $50,000.00.
If you have any information about this criminal damage please call Yavapai Silent Witness. Remember that you never have to give your name and a $500.00 cash reward is being offered.
Call Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.
Update….Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a $10,000.00 cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect in the 2003 double murder near Bumble Bee, Arizona. On Friday, October 17, 2003 Brandon Rumbaugh and his girlfriend Lisa Gurrieri left Scottsdale, AZ for an overnight camping trip north of Phoenix. The couple borrowed a 2000 white Ford F-150 pick-up truck and were to return the following day. When the couple didn’t return friends and family began to search. Later, the couple’s bodies were found shot to death lying in the bed of the borrowed pick-up. The pick-up was parked in a dirt parking area off of the Bumble Bee Road a short distance from Interstate 17.
If you have any information about this double murder please call 1-800-932-3232 and remember that you never have to give your name!
YCSO and Silent Witness Honor Dispatchers, our Unsung Heroes, during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
The week of April 14-20, 2013, was National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. It is designated as a time when citizens and fellow employees can thank the public safety men and women who dispatch emergency professionals and equipment during times of crisis. This gratitude extends to 9-1-1 calltakers, dispatchers, technicians that maintain radio and emergency phone systems, communications staff trainers, and communications center personnel, who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to help those in need during emergencies.
Of the many critical duties involving YCSO’s dispatchers, handling Silent Witness calls is at the top of this list. Over the years, their dedication to documenting tips from anonymous callers has been a critical link to solving major crimes in all parts of Yavapai County.
On Thursday, April 18, 2013, Yavapai Silent Witness President, Judy Rojas, Silent Witness board member Rowle Simons (31 years), and Program Director Steve Skurja, presented the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Unit a plaque in recognition of National Communicators Week in appreciation for the unit’s involvement in call taking for the Silent Witness program. Sheriff Scott Mascher was also present and spoke to the group as well and talked about the unit’s dedicated commitment to YCSO.
Yavapai Silent Witness prides itself on being available 24/7 to the citizens of Yavapai County. In order to do that Silent Witness depends on help from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Unit. These professionals are working 24 hours a day and make themselves available to take Silent Witness calls on the weekends, after hours and on holidays when the normal call takers are unavailable. Without the help and support of this devoted group of dispatchers Yavapai Silent Witness wouldn’t work as well as it does. Director Skurja noted, “The dispatchers do make an important difference and are very valued employees to the Sheriff’s Office and Silent Witness program.”
YCSO dispatchers are also the first line of contact when callers, in all kinds of crisis situations, need urgent help. Dispatchers play a signficant role in the link to get law enforcement professionals to those in need while providing comfort and direction. The work they do in the background includes digging for details from panicked callers with the intent to provide a safety edge to the very deputies they will be sending into harms way. In many incidents throughout the past, these efforts have saved lives and resulted in the apprehension of dangerous suspects.
Sheriff Mascher is proud to salute all those communication professionals at YCSO in honor of National Telecommunicators Week and is extremely grateful for their service.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov
Jewelry Store Robbery
On April 29, 2013 at approximately 5:00 PM an unknown male suspect entered a jewelry store in the 300 block of N. Montezuma Street. The suspect pepper sprayed the female owner of the business, stole a $1250.00 piece of jewelry and fled on foot.
The male owner of the business who was working in the back of store ran after the suspect with a handgun and ordered the suspect to stop. The suspect ran toward the area between the shopping center and Granite Creek Park. The store owner fired three shots toward the suspect as the suspect entered the driver’s side of a red two door coupe. The suspect drove off in the direction of 6th Street. The store owner told police he didn’t think he hit the suspect or vehicle.
The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 25 years old, wearing a dark colored baseball cap, blue or black short sleeve t-shirt with a white design on it and blue jeans. He was described as about 6 feet tall with a slender build and was wearing sunglasses.
The Prescott Police Department is looking for assistance in locating the suspect in this robbery. If anyone has any information about the crime or the suspect they are encouraged to call Detective Patrick Mora at (928) 777-1920 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.
Two Molotov Cocktails thrown through the windows after rocks used to break the windows,
1-Finance Director’s office
1-Human Resource office
Third rock was used to be thrown into storage room
646 N Main St (Spirit Gas Station)
Four Molotov Cocktails were thrown near fuel pumps not doing more than superficial damage
704 S Main St (Sunwest Bank)
A single rock was used numerous times to attempt to break through glass
Upon failure to break glass, two Molotov Cocktails were thrown and burned outside the structure
$1,000.00 Silent Witness
$5,000.00 sponsored by the City of Cottownood
$6,000.00 TOTAL at this time
|4/2/2013 9:56:00 AM
Fire bombs thrown at Cottonwood city office (VERDENEWS.COM)
COTTONWOOD — A Molotov-cocktail type fire bomb was thrown through the front window at a City of Cottonwood office early Monday morning.
Cottonwood Fire Marshal Rick Contreras said two fire bombs were thrown, breaking the front window at the Finance and Human Resources building at 816 N. Main St. A rock was also used to break out a rear window in the same building. Contreras said the resulting fire caused damage around the broken window and heavy smoke damage throughout the building.
The Finance and Human Resources Department is being moved to the Cottonwood Public Safety Facility at 616 Sixth St., where the Police and Fire Departments are located.
Cottonwood Police Commander Gary Eisenga said the arsonists targeted two other buildings, unsuccessfully, before throwing the bombs at the city building. Police are also investigating incidents at Sunwest Bank, 704 S. Main St., Cottonwood, and also at the Spirit Gas Station at 10th and Main Street.
Cottonwood fire was dispatched to a report of smoke in the area of the Finance and Human Resources Building about 6:20 Monday morning. When crews arrived, they found flames inside the building and heavy smoke throughout.
It’s the second time a Molotov cocktail type device was used to torch property in Cottonwood. Richard Thomas Butts is charged with fire-bombing a medical helicopter at Verde Valley Medical Center last year.
COTTONWOOD, AZ – Police in Cottonwood, along with the FBI and ATF are investigating three fires that they suspect were set intentionally.
Police spokesman Sgt. Cody Savage says officers found a handful of Molotov cocktail devices around a gas station where a small fire was reported Monday morning. Savage says the devices also were found at a local bank.
Authorities said neither building sustained serious damage.
Cottonwood Fire Marshal Rick Contreras said another report of a possible fire came after black smoke was seen coming out of three damaged windows at the city’s human resources building.
Contreras said the fire caused damage around the broken window and heavy smoke damage throughout the building.
Officials said no one was injured. Investigators say so far, there are no suspects.
Reward offered in Cottonwood firebombing
COTTONWOOD, AZ (CBS5) -
The Cottonwood Police Department is offering a $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fire-bombing of three businesses.
Cottonwood police said they found Molotov cocktails at the scenes of three suspected arson fires on Monday.
The first fire broke out at 5:21 a.m. at the Spirit Gas Station at 646 N. Main St. Five Molotov cocktail-style devices had been left or thrown around the property, according to Cottonwood police spokesman Sgt. Cody Savage.
As first-responders were handling the fire, a resident approached police and told them there was black smoke coming from the city human resources building at 810 N. Main St.
Officers arrived at the scene at 6:14 a.m. and found black smoke emitting from three damaged windows. Fire crews were able to keep the blaze from spreading.
A third arson case was reported at Sun West Bank at 704 S. Main St. Evidence of Molotov cocktail devices were found at that location as well, police said.
The investigation is in its early stages and detectives are working to collect physical evidence, Savage said. Police and fire investigators are working to drum up investigative leads.
People with any information about the arson cases are asked to contact the Cottonwood Police Department or Yavapai Silent Witness.
The Human Resources, Finance and Purchasing departments will be temporarily moving to the Public Safety building at 199 S. Sixth St. They are currently in the process of gathering their necessities and should be operational on Tuesday, Savage said. All telephone numbers will be the same for each department.
Police Chief Jody Fanning said the investigation is being aided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
“We have a lot of leads but no suspects right now,” the Verde Independent quoted Fanning as telling the city council Tuesday.
Devices police described as Molotov cocktails were found Monday at the three business: Spirit Gas Station, the city’s finance and human resources offices and Sunwest Bank.
The finance and human resources offices have been relocated to the Cottonwood Public Safety building until the damaged offices can be restored.
People with any information about the arson cases are asked to contact Yavapai Silent Witness.
Prescott Bank Robbery
The Prescott Police Department is releasing these bank surveillance photographs of the robbery which occurred on March 21, 2013 at approximately 2:40 pm at the Am Trust Bank. The suspect is shown in the photographs wearing a baseball style cap and glasses. As of this date he has not been identified. Prescott Police Investigators do not believe this is the same suspect who robbed the Arizona State Credit Union in Prescott on February 13, 2013. The ages and other characteristics are significantly different.
Anyone with information about the suspect shown in these photographs is encouraged to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.
On March 6, 2013 at around 11:30 AM Clarkdale Fire responded to an active fire at 149 Zuni Drive. Upon arrival fire crews found an uninhabited residence fully involved. Fire crews extinguished the fire and turned the scene over to the Verde Valley Fire Investigation Task Force. The Task Force found evidence of arson and once they completed their investigation turned the incident over to the Clarkdale Police Department.
Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a cash reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect in this case. You may call Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If your information leads to the arrest of the suspect you will be offered a cash reward and you never have to give your name.
Mayer Convenience Store Robbed
Just before 3 AM on February 20, 2013, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Circle K Store on Highway 69 in Mayer, Arizona, regarding a robbery that just occurred.
Deputies arrived within 5 minutes and contacted the clerk on duty regarding the robbery. The clerk explained that he was approached inside the store by a man wearing a motorcycle helmet who said, “Don’t make me shoot you man. Open the register.” When this was stated, the suspect placed his right hand in a pocket as if gripping a firearm. The clerk complied and opened the register drawer. The suspect then removed the complete cash tray and ordered the clerk into the bathroom. The clerk eventually was able to call the Sheriff’s Office.
DESCRIPTION – The suspect is described as a male, wearing the pictured motorcycle type helmet, blue jeans, and a white long sleeved shirt – similar to a thermal shirt. Over the long sleeved shirt, the suspect wore a black t-shirt with the word “QuikSilver” written across the front. The suspect was also wearing gloves and had long hair tied in a ponytail. His height is estimated between 5’07” and 5’ 09,” weight approximately 160 pounds, with an age range between 18 and 28 years. Also note that the suspect had what appeared as purple make-up or a birth mark exposed below the helmet on his neck.
No vehicle was seen or heard. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken. A detective and evidence technician from the Criminal Investigations Bureau has been on scene this morning gathering evidence.
Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a $1000 dollar reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect in this case. Callers to Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232, remain completely anonymous. If you prefer to provide information directly, contact Detective Todd Swain at 928-567-7710 – refer to case number 13- 005896.
Arizona State Credit Union Robbery
$1,000.00 cash reward: Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a $1,000.00 cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person who robbed the Arizona State Credit Union Wednesday morning in Prescott.
On Wednesday, February 13th a lone robber entered the Arizona State Credit Union at 550 E Gurley Street in Prescott at around 915 in the morning. The robber told the clerk that he had a gun and was robbing them and handed the clerk a note with instructions.
The robber was wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood up, blue jeans (medium blue) and black tennis shoes with white soles. The black hooded jacket was described as being shiny. Plus, the robber was wearing gold rimmed sunglasses. Police say that he is a white male about 5/10 to 6 foot 2 inches tall.
Police say the robber was seen riding a full size red bicycle and left with an undisclosed amount of money.
If you have any information that might help solve this crime or if you know someone who owns a red full size bike or wears a black shiny hooded jacket you are asked to call Silent Witness. You may call us anytime day or night with your tip. And remember that you never have to give your name.
If your information leads to the arrest of the suspect in this case you will be offered $1,000.00 cash!
ATM Theft in Prescott Valley
On 10-26-12 and 10-27-12 two unknown males used a stolen debit card at the Chase Bank in Prescott Valley to make unauthorized withdrawals. The Chase Bank is located at 7900 Highway 69 in Prescott Valley.
If you know anything about this theft or recognize the suspects please call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. A cash reward is being offered and remember that you never have to give your name.
On January 4, 2013 at 1625 hours, Suspect, possible H/F 20 yrs N.F.D, attempted to pass a $100.00 Bill at the CVS Pharmacy, 3200 N. Windsong. The Pharmacy clerk refused to accept the “BILL” because of the texture and ink smudges. The “BILL” was returned to the suspect.
On January 4, 2013 at 1840 hours, this same suspect attempted to pass a $100.00 BILL at the BIG 5 Sporting Goods Store, State Route 69. Again the clerk refused to accept the “BILL” and returned it to the suspect.
If you have any information on this case or can identify the female suspect please call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. And remember that you never have to give your name.
Beaver Creek School Burglarized
On January 3, 2013, at approximately 7 AM, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported burglary at the Beaver Creek Elementary School, 4810 E. Beaver Creek Road, Rimrock. Upon arrival, a school staff member told deputies unknown suspects entered the school’s bus barn and stole school property while vandalizing the area. Items taken include a Ryobi power drill, a Motorola walkie-talkie, and 6 flashlights. The suspects also poured motor oil in and around the building and attempted to enter several vehicles parked nearby. A full report on the incident is pending.
The school was also burglarized in November of last year. On the 24th, deputies investigated another burglary and vandalism to classrooms at Beaver Creek School. In this case, fire extinguishers had been sprayed in the lobby and classrooms, ceiling tiles were pulled away in adjacent bathrooms, and several desks/cabinets/lockers had been ransacked. Food and an undetermined amount of money were discovered missing. Suspects are likely from the Rimrock community and both incidents occurred during the late night / early morning hours. Residents who live in neighborhoods surrounding the school are asked to be extra alert and report any suspicious activity on or near the campus after school hours.
Deputies are working leads but would appreciate anyone with information regarding suspects or the whereabouts of stolen property to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Callers may also report information anonymously to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232.
The case number is 13-000266.
Sedona Pharmacy Robbed
On Sunday, October 21, 2012, an armed suspect robbed the Walgreens pharmacy by presenting a handgun and a note with a list of prescription medications he wanted. Suspect is about 5’7”-5’9” with light brown with an athletic build believed to be about 40-50 years old.
Call SEDONA POLICE DEPARTMENT AT (928) 282-3100 with information you may have pertaining to the identity of the suspect or YAVAPAI SILENT WITNESS AT (800) 932-3232.
December 4, 2012 – UPDATE – THEFTS CONTINUE – SUSPECT’S DESCRIBED
YCSO Seeking Suspect(s) in
Golf Cart Thefts
Between the evening of Saturday, December 1, 2012, and the following morning, unknown suspects cut the fence surrounding the Prescott County Club (PCC) storage yard and stole an electric maintainence cart. The cart was later found in the Aqua Fria riverbed adjacent to Quailwood Estates in Prescott Valley. Late in the day on Sunday, December 2, 2012, deputies were called to the 10900 block of Singletree Trail in the Prescott Country Club regarding a suspicious incident investigation. Neighbors in the area reported seeing 2 suspicous males around 5:30 AM that morning near their homes. One resident found that his fence had been recently damaged. Deputies believe these suspects were involved in both the recent and prior thefts of electric carts from the PCC and Quailwood golf courses.
One of the suspects was described as male, about 6’ tall, wearing a dark blue jacket, dark green pants, black stocking cap and displaying a knife sheath on his right thigh. The second suspect was only described as slightly shorter, wearing dark clothes, including a jacket. Deputies did recover evidence from the area, including burglary tools.
YCSO is encouraging continued calls regarding information about these ongoing thefts. Please remember to call immediately if suspicious activity is observed. Callers may also report information anonymously to Yavapai Silent Witness and become eligible for a cash reward if an arrest is made. Contact Yavapai Sheriff at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232.
DV Assault Suspect - Prescott
This morning at approximately 2:30 am Prescott Police Officers responded to an apartment on North Pleasant Streetreference an assault. Upon their arrival they spoke with the victim and a witness. The victim is 36 year old, Waywinn J. Elkins. Her face was bloody and her nose was possibly broken. She was treated by medical personnel at the scene.
Mrs. Elkin reported that her husband 44 year old, Mark T. Elkins hit her several times and choked her while in their home onN. Pleasant St. She said that she left their apartment to call for help and Mark Elkins fled the area.
Mark Elkin was released from Yavapai County Jail just days prior to this assault for a similar assault against his wife, Waywinn Elkins. He is facing several felony domestic violence charges including aggravated assault. Mr. Elkin is Caucasian, 5 feet 8 inches and weights approximately 180 pounds. He has gray hair including a long beard, hazel eyes and multiple tattoos.
If anyone has any information about Mark T. Elkin they are encouraged to call the Prescott Police Department at (928) 445-3131 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.
of Home in Walker
On October 15, 2012, at approximately 4:30 PM, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported structure fire in the 3000 block of East Walker Road, Walker, AZ. One of the residents had just arrived at the house and saw smoke coming from the currently unoccupied structure. Fire personnel from the Walker and Prescott Fire Departments eventually extinguished the fire. The initial determination indicated the fire was non-criminal, but further investigation has concluded the fire’s origin as suspicious. Additionally, it appears a burglary occurred at the same residence sometime between the evening of October 18, and the early morning hours of October 19, 2012. Detectives are trying to determine if the incidents are related.
Anyone with information regarding the fire and/or burglary is urged to contact Detective John McDormett at 929-777-7334. Callers may report information anonymously to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Refer to case number 12-034936.
Golf courses criminally damaged
in Prescott Valley/Dewey
The Prescott Valley Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding information on the damage to the Quailwood Greens Golf course and the Prescott Country Club Golf course.
On 11-3-12 between 1:00 am and 8:00 am, unknown suspects stole two John Deere Gator ATV’s and a Golf Cart from a maintenance yard at the Quailwood Greens Golf Course and drove all over the Greens at the Golf Course. The suspects then took one of the Gator ATV’s and Golf Cart to the Country Club Golf Course also causing damage to this course.
The suspects then got the Gator ATV and Golf Cart stuck in erosion ditches in the desert approximately 3 miles south of the Quailwood Greens Golf Course. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Silent Witness.
Seligman Shooting Suspect In-Custody
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the arrest of 48-year-old William Martin.
Since the October 20th incident, YCSO personnel in Seligman, partnering with detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau, developed information linking Martin to the shooting. The quick identification was also aided by Seligman area deputies who maintain a valuable knowledge base of community occurrences resulting from their long term assignments.
YCSO SWAT team members served a warrant at Martin’s residence near Conquistador and Echo Lane in Bridge Canyon Estates, Seligman. Martin was arrested without incident and several firearms were recovered. The investigation remains ongoing.
Martin was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including 4 counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Bond has not been set as of this writing.
** Detectives are seeking anyone who may have had contact with Martin in similar circumstances, or may have knowledge about additional incidents, to contact Detective John McDormett at 928-777-7334. You can remain anonymous by reporting information directly to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232.
UPDATE: $1,750.00 cash reward
Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a $1,750.00 cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect in the July 25, 2012 assault at the Emmanuel Pines Camp off of Iron Springs Road.
At approximately 9:45 that night an armed man walked onto the practice field and threatened the 52 member band who were rehearsing as well as their director while the suspect was holding a hand gun.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 50’s, short gray hair, about 6 feet tall. The man was wearing gray shorts and a red or salmon colored polo shirt.
Call Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Det. Dave Zavos at 928-777-7275 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.
$1,000.00 Cash Reward:
Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a $1,000.00 cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect in the recent incident at the Emmanuel Pines Camp.
On the night of Wednesday, July 25th at around 9:45 a group of approximately 50 to 60 people (mostly teenagers from Peoria High School) were practicing with their high school band when an armed man walked onto the practice field and confronted the group and their band leader.
The man, described as a white male, in his 50’s, with short gray hair and about 6 feet tall was holding a handgun and told the group that they were being too loud. After the threats the man turned and walked out the same way he had come in.
Throughout the incident the man was holding a handgun and at times pointed the gun at band members and the band leader.
Emmanuel Pines Camp is a summer camp off of Iron Springs Road west of Prescott.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. If your information leads to the arrest of the suspect you will be offered a $1,000.00 cash reward. Remember, you never have to give your name.
Cottonwood Police Department
199 S. 6th Street - cottonwood, az 86326 – 928.634.4246 www.cottonwoodpd.org
This morning at about 02:15 am Cottonwood Police officers responded to the Shell station at 898 S. Main Street in regard to a report of an armed robbery. Cottonwood Police Department dispatch received a call from an employee stating they had just been robbed at gun point. It was reported that the suspect had fired his gun during the robbery and fled on foot toward the area of Camino Real. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect is described as Hispanic or dark skinned Caucasian male wearing blue jeans, blue and white flannel shirt, blue bandanna over his face, dark glasses, and a dark color hoodie.
Employees of the store advised officers that the suspect entered the store, brandished a semi-automatic handgun, and demanded money. The suspect then fired one shot into a wall of the business. Employees gave the suspect approximately $70 from the register at which point the suspect fled the scene toward Camino Real. No one was injured during the robbery.
Officers collected evidence at the scene to include a surveillance photograph of the suspect. An Attempt to Locate was issued to surrounding law enforcement agencies.
Cottonwood Police Department is asking for anyone with information about this robbery or any other crime to contact the Cottonwood Police Department at (928) 634-4246 or Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232 for additional information contact:Commander Gary Eisenga @ (928) 634-4246 ext. 116 or GEISENGA@cottonwoodaz.gov
Spring Valley Pharmacy Burglary-Detectives Seeking to Identify Possible Suspect
On the morning of July 9, 2012, Yavapai County Sheriff Office deputies responded to a burglary alarm call at the Spring Valley Pharmacy located in the 17300 block of Spring Valley Road, Spring Valley, AZ.
Upon arrival, deputies met with the pharmacy owner who confirmed a burglary had occurred. It appeared the suspect(s) stole various prescription medications, including Oxycontin.
The investigation revealed that a male suspect forced entry into the business by cutting through roofing material and dropping into the pharmacy area to steal medications. This occurred sometime during the early morning hours of July 9, 2012. Detectives were called to the business to gather evidence and further information. A possible suspect was identified via employee statements and video surveillance. It was discovered the suspect had been in the store recently as a “customer” inquiring about specific medications. A still photo from this visit was provided. Detectives would like to identify this person and are requesting anyone with information to contact Detective Todd Swaim at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov
The latest phase of “Catch 22” has ended with two arrests and several phone calls for law enforcement to follow-up on. The $500.00 cash rewards for each of the felons featured will remain in effect for the next 90 days. The next phase of “Catch 22” will start on December 1, 2012.
Remember that you must call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 to be eligible for any cash reward.
~James Stanton Stewart ARRESTED: Day #4 of “Catch 22″ Stewart was arrested on June 25, 2012. Stewart was wanted on 5 felony drug charges.
~Jocinda Lee Shepherd ARRESTED: Day #6 of “Catch 22” 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.
$10,000.00 Cash Reward - It has been almost 10 years since Mr. Brenton Carpenter was murdered while in his Yavapai Hills home in east Prescott. On the morning of June 4, 2002, 71-year-old Brenton Carpenter was found dead by his wife who he shared the home with. Now 10 years later his killer still walks free and this case is still unsolved but police feel that someone other than the murderer has the answers as to what happed that June morning.
Shortly after the investigation began, a Prescott police detective received an anonymous note from someone describing what they saw around the Carpenter home the morning of the murder. Unfortunately the note was unsigned and the police have never been able to talk with the author. Prescott police feel that this person has the answers to their questions and could solve this 10-year-old murder case.
Now the Prescott police are stepping up and making an offer they hope won’t be overlooked. The police are offering a $10,000.00 cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of Mr. Carpenter’s killer.
If you have any information about this homicide or if you wrote that note please call 1-800-932-3232. It’s time this killer was brought to justice!
~Thomas Mitchell ARRESTED: On March 26, 2012, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office received a tip on the whereabouts of suspect Thomas Mitchell. Deputies arrived at a home in the 4000 block of Diamond Drive in Prescott and located Mitchell. He was arrested without incident. As indicated in the prior release, Mitchell was wanted for Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement and Unlawful Fight from Pursing Law Enforcement Vehicle. Mitchell was arrested for a $100,000 warrant involving these charges. Note the difference in Mitchell’s appearance as compared in the two booking photos.
~ Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office detectives continue their investigation into 7 residential burglaries occurring since late February of this year in the Village of Oak Creek. While canvassing target areas in recent days, detectives were told about a man who had been going door to door checking to see if people were home and claiming to have car trouble. A composite sketch of the man was completed. The man is likely in his 20’s with light complexion and small pits in his face as depicted in the sketch. His height was estimated at between 5’- 07” and 6’-02” with an “average” build.
In the majority of these burglaries, the suspect or suspects used force to enter sliding or french doors at the REAR of the property. The majority of items stolen include jewelry, cash, coins, tools, and some cases, firearms. Most of these burglaries have occurred during daylight hours. YCSO is asking all residents to pay special attention to suspicious persons in their neighborhoods, especially if approached at home. In many cases, homeowner victims were away for long periods of time and had not alerted a trusted neighbor to watch their home. Also, consider storing valuables in a safe place if your home will be unoccupied for extended time period. If you have an alarm, use it.
Streets involved in this crime series include Horse Canyon, Wildflower Circle, Lee Mountain, Verde Valley School Road, Deerfield Road, Regan Road and Deer Pass Road. Detectives are also coordinating efforts with Sedona Police detectives who are investigating several similar burglaries. Please contact YCSO immediately to report suspicious activity of this nature. If you see an apparent burglary in progress, call 911. Anyone with information regarding this person of interest or the burglary series in general, please call Detective Todd Swaim at 928-567-7710. You may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 to report information anonymously.
~Spice/Bath Salts Arrests – Yavapai Silent Witness calls lead to arrests at 5 different stores in Prescott and Prescott Valley where they were selling “Spice and Bath Salts.” Police say if it wasn’t for the public calling and giving us information we wouldn’t have been able to shut down these operations. Silent Witness has offered cash rewards to the many callers.
Drug enforcement officers from PANT and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office seized over $100,000.00 worth of illegal drugs, a vehicle, 3 guns and a large amount of cash and arrested 6 adults.
~Prescott Police Investigating Home-Invasion Sexual Assault Incident – Prescott Police went to a residence in the area of Copper Basin Road andWhite Spar Drive in reference to a 30-year old female victim who stated a male subject entered her home armed with a gun and sexually assaulted her while inside the house. Police detectives have been diligently investigating this incident and are asking the public’s help in reporting anything seen that appeared suspicious. Please contact Detective Crabtree at (928) 777-1964 with any information that can assist in this case or Yavapai County Silent Witness at (928) 932-3232.
~BULLHEAD CITY Police looking for AZ man in girlfriend’s stabbing(AP) - Police in western Arizona’s Bullhead City are looking for a man accused of repeatedly stabbing his girlfriend in the face. Bullhead City police spokeswoman Emily Montague says the 22-year-old woman called 911 around 2 a.m. Friday in fear of her life.
The woman told police that her boyfriend, 24-year-old Julian Cruz Molina Jr., threw a rock through her apartment window to get inside and then repeatedly stabbed her face with a kitchen knife while their 2-year-old daughter and infant son were sleeping. Molina fled, and his girlfriend was flown to a Las Vegas hospital in critical condition. She’s now stable condition in the intensive-care unit, but Montague could not say whether she was expected to survive.
Montague says police believe Molina is hiding with friends or family in the Bullhead City area and ask anyone with information to call Bullhead City Police 928-763-1999 or Mohave County Silent Witness (928) 753-1234.
~ Paulden fire victim likely died before responders arrived. A Paulden house fire Monday morning likely killed the resident before anyone could make a 911 call, said Chino Valley Fire Chief John Ginn on Tuesday. Ginn said firefighters from Station 63 were the first responders on the scene, followed immediately by Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
“Station 63 Captain Allen Harris photographed the scene as soon as they arrived, and it’s clear from the photograph that no one could have survived,” Ginn said. “The roof was already burned off and the front of the home is missing. Chances are (the individual) was dead before we were even dispatched. This could have happened in downtown Phoenix or in downtown Paulden. It’s just a terrible thing.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the YCSO and the Central Yavapai Fire Department, according to YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn. Rick Chase, fire marshal with Central Yavapai, said the damage to the Anasazi Trail mobile home was so severe that determining the cause may take some time. “There was nothing left for us to go through. We sifted through and couldn’t find much of anything,” Chase said. “The whole thing burned so hot that, as of now, we have to label it as ‘undetermined cause.’” Chase added that it probably took only minutes for the modular home to burn completely. “I’m guessing that it went to the ground pretty fast,” he said.
YCSO investigators discovered a body in the home at approximately 12:15 p.m. but, because of the body’s condition, were unable to remove the remains until Tuesday morning. The coroner’s office is conducting an investigation to determine the identity of the victim. The homeowner has since been contacted, and does not live at the location, D’Evelyn said. Detectives are working to determine if the body recovered is that of the only known resident. Chino Valley Fire public information officer Rob Zazueta said a nearby resident who was driving by and saw the flames made the 911 call. “The call was dispatched as a possible fire with an unknown address,” Zazueta said. “When our truck arrived on scene, they found the mobile home fully engulfed and the firefighters began steps to protect the existing structure, a detached garage.”
Concerns about the home being contracted for coverage by the CVFD do not appear to be a factor, Ginn said. “The reality of this issue is that this probably would have happened whether the house was in-district or not. From what was found on scene, the fatality probably happened before they even left the station,” he said. Ginn stated that he also has spoken with two individuals who called 911 and that the timing of the calls indicates that the home was destroyed before the first reports came in.
(Special to the Courier by MATT SANTOS)
~Three Sedona Home Invasions Steal Guns and More – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office investigated three reported residential burglaries February 27, 2012 in Sedona. All Village of Oak Creek incidents occurred on the same date.
- Deer Pass Road south of Verde Valley School Road – occurred between 9 am and 12:30 PM – home ransacked – 2 “ Colt” handguns stolen – method of entry info pending.
- Regan Road 100 Block – occurred between 9 AM and 2:30 PM – home ransacked – jewelry and other items missing – method of entry info pending.
- Deerfield Road 60 Block – occurred between 5 AM and 9:45 PM — some ransacking inside the home– stolen items include a rifle with bayonet, turquoise cross, green duffle bag, bottle of wine – method of entry was a sliding glass door which had been forced open.
Any information or eye witness reports should be directed to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.
~Yavapai Silent Witness, Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes Unit, Prescott Valley Police, Prescott Police, DEA Taskforce, Arizona Liquor Control, Arizona Department of Economic Security and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office served search warrants on two Prescott Valley businesses and three Prescott businesses who were selling “Bath Salts” on February 24 at approximately 4:00 P.M. These businesses sold the bath salt products when it was not yet illegal under state law. Since the legislation has passed making certain ingredients in the product illegal, they have continued to sell the product illegally and in some cases literally out of the back door.
Investigators executed the warrants on the X-Hale Smoke Shop, located in the 8100 block of Spouse in Prescott Valley, Mario’s Mexican Market, located in the 8100 block of Spouse in Prescott Valley, Quick Stop, located in the 400 block of S. Montezuma in Prescott, C-Stop located in the 300 block of Grove in Prescott and Mike’s Mini Mart located in the 900 block of E. Gurley in Prescott. A number of individuals were arrested. Investigators located “Bath Salt” or “Glass Cleaner” products at all of the 5 locations. In addition to the drugs, investigators seized two handguns during the searches. Synthetic drugs such as these pose a threat to the community. They have lead to individuals suffering from paranoia, hallucinations and possibly lethal overdoses. While the substances are now illegal by state law, they have been banned federally for several months. The products were being sold in a manner that led investigators believe the merchants were aware it was now illegal. In most cases the product was not in view and was sold to people in a private manner to conceal the transaction.
“Bath Salts” are now considered a dangerous drug and possession of it is a class 4 felony and sales of dangerous drugs is a class 2 felony.
The C-Stop store personnel face additional charges for fraud schemes for allowing patrons to purchase “Bath Salts” under the food stamp program. Between the 5 stores, investigators seized three handguns and synthetic drugs. They seized approximately 1,157 packages of “Bath Salt” related products and 3,234 packages of Spice or related products. There is an estimated value of approximately $130,000.00 on the products seized (excluding handguns).
While the investigation is ongoing and there are criminal charges pending against other individuals related to these warrants, investigators did make 4 in custody arrests on the day of the warrants. 42 year old Paula Farley-Hussein was booked for possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of a firearm during a drug offense and possession of drug paraphernalia. 25 year old Corrina Lynn Worner was booked for possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of a firearm during a drug offense and possession of drug paraphernalia. 47 year old Nail Ayoub was booked for (2) counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, (2) counts of possession of dangerous drugs and (2) counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. 25 year old Jett Montana Quezado was booked for three counts of aggravated DUI (drugs). He is further facing charges of (2) counts unlawful use of food stamps and (2) counts computer tampering.
The investigators will be processing evidence and continuing with interviews in this case. Yavapai Silent Witness will be paying a cash reward in this case.
~Yavapai Silent Witness assists Coconino Silent Witness: $5,000.00 reward offered by Boquillas Ranch (Diamond A) for the arrest and conviction. On October 2, 2011, Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Camp 16 on the Boquillas Ranch, after the body of 56-year-old James Willard Clayton was discovered there in his home. The county medical examiner later ruled Clayton’s death a homicide, after determining Clayton had been shot one time through the chest. Investigators now believe Clayton was murdered in his home at Camp 16 on or about Sept 30, 2011. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is in search of anyone who may have information related to the murder of James Willard Clayton. Anyone who was in the area of Camp 16, off of Indian Highway 18 north of Peach Springs, on or about Sept 30, 2011, and may have information related to the investigation, is encouraged to contact Coconino Silent Witness (928) 774-6111 or the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and/or prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the murder of James Clayton.
~Prescott police arrest attempted murder suspect: 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 the 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.
~August 2011 arson fires in Kirkland: $1,000.00 reward offered by Yavapai Silent Witness for information on the arson fires in Kirkland. Three fires were reported in this area with two of them resulting in the loss of two homes. The first house was lost on the evening of August 25 and two days later the other two fires were reported.
~Vehicles burglarized in Bagdad: Yavapai Silent Witness offers cash reward in Bagdad burglaries. On August 4-5, 2011 several vehicles were burglarized in Bagdad.
~Clarkdale restaurant burglaries: Yavapai Silent Witness offers cash reward in Clarkdale burglaries. The Su Casa Restaurant in Clarkdale has been broken into on two occasions. The first burglary was in October 2011 and the second was on the evening Wednesday, December 28, 2011.
~Cottonwood animal abuse case: Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a cash reward in an animal abuse case that occurred in Cottonwood on 12/30/2011. A hiker walking along old Hwy 270 located a dog that had been shot twice in the head but was still alive. The hiker got the dog to a veterinarian but the dog died a few days later.
~On February 11, 2008, Yavapai Silent Witness goes home! The program returned to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office after being away for the last 24 years. Then Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh invited the program back to the YCSO in February 2008 stating that the program would have a better chance of representing all of Yavapai County and it’s residents if hosted by the YCSO.
Yavapai Silent Witness Director, Steve Skurja, and the Yavapai Silent Witness Board of Directors agreed and moved the program back to the YCSO on February 11, 2008. Per Director Skurja, nothing will change. The phone number and address will remain the same and we will continue to take calls 24/7 and pay out cash awards monthly, just like we have for 24 years!
~Yavapai Silent Witness breaks all time record!
In 2008, Yavapai Silent Witness took calls that led to 224 felony arrests in Yavapai County and paid $29,500.00 in cash rewards! We received more calls that year than ever before. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office received the most calls in 2008 with 163 and PANT was second with 138.
The Prescott Police Department followed PANT (Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking) with 75 calls, plus PANT was assigned 65 calls in the City of Prescott.
The Prescott Valley Police received 63 calls and Cottonwood followed Prescott Valley with 15 calls.
Camp Verde was next with 9 and Chino Valley followed them with 6 calls. Sedona and Clarkdale each received one call in 2008.