CAPTURED! On January 23, 2013 at approximately 2:00 PM an off-duty Prescott Police Officer observed Mark T. Elkins driving a vehicle westbound on Highway 69 near the mall. The officer knew that Mr. Elkins was wanted by the Prescott Police for a violent assault he committed against his wife on November 29, 2012.
The officer called the police department and followed the suspect to an area motel. Several other officers responded to the hotel and spoke to Mr. Elkins through a closed door. Mr. Elkins surrendered after several minutes of conversation with the officers. He was taken into custody and brought to the police department for questioning. Mr. Elkin told the officers he knew nothing about the assault and that his wife often caused injuries to herself.
Mr. Elkins was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault and Unlawful Imprisonment per Domestic Violence. He was transported and booked into Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde.
September 2012 Arrest:
A call to Yavapai Silent Witness has resulted in the arrest of sex offender George McNeil in Oregon. McNeil was wanted on 22 counts of committing sex crimes against children. McNeil left Yavapai County in July 2012 once the warrants were issued.
On September 14, 2012 McNeil was featured on America’s Most Wanted TV show and due to calls from that show authorities started looking for McNeil in Washington and Oregon.
On September 20, 2012 a caller reported seeing McNeil in a casino in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Soon after that officials from the U.S. Marshall’s Office, Oregon State Police and the Klamath Falls police department arrested McNeil at a near-by camp ground.
November 2012 arrest:
A call to Yavapai Silent Witness has resulted in the arrest of Eric Tuttle. Tuttle was wanted in Pennsylvania on a parole violation warrant before he assaulted three people in Seligman and left the State of Arizona in the victim’s Dodge truck along with their 3 dogs.
Tuttle was arrested in West Virginia a few days later. The stolen pick-up and 2 of the three dogs were recovered and returned to the Seligman victims.
CAPTURED! Prescott Homicide Suspect Arrested in Indiana
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! Day 17 of “Catch 22″ Kory King France was arrested on drug charges.
CAPTURED! Day 4 of “Catch 22″ James Stanton Stewart was arrested June 25, 2012. Stewart was wanted on 5 felony drug charges.
CAPTURED! Day #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.
19 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.
Suspect MITCHELL in custody
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.
YCSO Detectives arrest Cottonwood man in home invasion
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.”
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 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.
YCSO Deputies arrest “Catch 22″ child molestor
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!
U.S. Marshall’s arrest Dishon in Mexico
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.