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John Barrera. PCSO photo

A Maricopa man has been arrested on multiple assault charges after an alleged domestic violence incident Thursday, during which, reports say, he never actually touched anyone.

John Barrera, 51, was booked by the Maricopa Police Department on a total of four counts of aggravated assault after allegedly threatening multiple people with a knife during an argument Nov. 9.

MPD reports allege Barrera was involved in an altercation with another individual inside a Homestead residence during which he grabbed a knife and began “swinging the knife at them” but “did not make contact with anyone.”

One of the witnesses, a minor, corroborated the account, the report says.

Barrera allegedly began yelling and pointing a knife at the witness after they tried to enter a kitchen area to get food, according to the report. Again, the witness said they were able to get away without being hurt.

Both witnesses and the arresting officer stated Barreras made “irrational” and unclear statements during the incident.

Despite never actually making physical contact, Arizona law (13-1204 (B)) states a person need only place “another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury” for it to be considered assault.

Barrera is being held on a $10,000 bond at the Pinal County Adult Detention Center, in Florence.

If convicted on all four charges, Barrera could face more than 16 years in prison.

Willie Lofton (PCSO photo)

A Maricopa teen has been arrested on several charges stemming from alleged assaults at Copper Sky earlier this month, after which videos were posted on social media allegedly showing him bragging about the incident.

Maricopa Police arrested 19-year-old Willie Lofton Oct. 7 on charges of assault, aggravated assault and criminal damage after allegedly starting multiple fights at Copper Sky on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5.

The first incident, according to MPD reports, occurred around 10 p.m. Oct. 4 when Lofton allegedly struck another individual in the face causing a concussion and multiple abrasions.

The MPD report alleges Lofton admitted assaulting the male individual after the victim said to Lofton, “Don’t stand by me like we cool.”

The following day, Oct. 5, at 11:15 a.m., multiple videos were posted to Lofton’s Facebook page allegedly showing Lofton bragging about the incidents while pointing out blood stains on the concrete near what appears to the be the Copper Sky skate park, and additional blood stains on his shoes.

The person filming, who police believe to be Lofton, can be heard saying “this is what I do for a living, knocking n—- out.”

The second incident also allegedly occurred at Copper Sky, roughly 11 hours after the videos were posted.

This time, according to the MPD report, Lofton allegedly began fighting several people at the park, striking one individual in the back of the head and then throwing “landscaping rocks” at a car as it drove away, causing damage to the vehicle.

According to multiple witnesses, the report says, Lofton then allegedly pulled a handgun from his waistband, pointed it at a group of people and told them “he was going to kill them all.”

When police responded, Lofton fled the scene with several of his associates.

Two days later, on Oct. 7, information obtained during the investigation led to Lofton’s arrest. During a post-arrest interview, the reports says, Lofton allegedly admitted to both incidents.

He was ultimately arrested on warrants related to theft and marijuana possession, and charged with two counts of assault (class 1 misdemeanors), one count of aggravated assault (class 2 felony) and one count of criminal damage.

If convicted, Lofton could face up to 21 years in prison.

He is currently being held on a $13,500 bond at the Pinal County Adult Detention Center, and is awaiting a bond hearing on Oct. 13.

Andrique Holley

A Maricopa man already indicted on three counts of assault earlier this year now faces a charge of sexual assault stemming from a July 1 incident.

Andrique Holley, 36, has a preliminary hearing on the new charges scheduled for Friday in front of Pinal County Superior Court Judge Lawrence Wharton.

He is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old while she slept. Maricopa Police Department was called to the location around 4:40 p.m. The alleged victim was taken to the Mesa Police Department’s Family Advocacy Center while Maricopa Police officers searched for Holley.

At around 9:23, MPD found Holley hiding in a culvert under a nearby road. After he allegedly refused to comply with officers’ demands to come out of the culvert, MPD used the police K9 to remove him.

According to the police report, Holley had allegedly ingested four bottles of prescription drugs and a large amount of bleach before being found. He was transported to Chandler Regional Medical Center for dog bites and mental evaluation.

Hospital staff released Holley to MPD on July 6, and he was processed in Maricopa. According to the police report, he admitted to the assault. He said he left the home when confronted by the victim’s mother. He told police he took drugs and drank bleach to commit suicide.

He is being held in Pinal County Jail without bail on the sexual assault accusation.

He is also charged with probation violation, with a $1,000 bond.

Holley’s Maricopa troubles started Feb. 1 when he was arrested after a public fracas during which Holley was allegedly intoxicated and dragged a teenage girl to the ground in Glennwilde. That escalated into a fight with bystanders and his indictment on three felony charges and two misdemeanor charges.

A grand jury on Feb. 22 charged Holley with assault for injuring the girl, a Class 1 misdemeanor. He was charged with assault for touching and trying to injure another female, a Class 3 misdemeanor.

Because Holley allegedly punched a man trying to help the teen, “causing … severe laceration to his lip,” he was charged with aggravated assault, a Class 4 felony.

The grand jury also indicted Holley on a charge of resisting arrest and attempted aggravated assault on Officer Daniel Rauch, both Class 6 felonies.

Holley also had a 2014 conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Maricopa County.

Daniel Moore (PCSO photo)

By Ethan McSweeney

Maricopa police arrested a man early Sunday for allegedly threatening his ex-girlfriend with an unloaded gun and trying to force her into his car before she stabbed him with her car key and fled.

Daniel Moore, 21, confronted his ex-girlfriend in the Fry’s parking lot off State Route 347 around 11 p.m. Saturday, according to a Maricopa Police Department report. Moore attempted to talk to the woman, but she refused to talk, the report read.

At that point, Moore pulled out an unloaded .45 caliber pistol from his right cargo pocket, which he said was meant “to scare her,” according to the report. The gun belonged to Moore’s father, MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said.

The woman attempted to get away, but Moore grabbed her in chokehold fashion, the report read. The woman told police she wasn’t able to breathe and was left with a red mark around the front of her neck.

When Moore tried to pull the woman into the car to take her with him, the woman stabbed him with her car key and fled inside the Fry’s store, according to the report.

Five MPD officers responded to Moore’s residence on West Julie Lane south of Maricopa shortly after midnight, police said.

After being interviewed by police, Moore allegedly admitted to the incident taking place. He also admitted to hiding the gun inside his residence “because he knew he would be in trouble,” the report read.

Moore was charged with one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, another count of aggravated assault for strangulation, one count of threatening and intimidating, one count of misconduct involving weapons, one count of disorderly conduct for recklessly displaying a weapon and one count of tampering with evidence, according to the report.

All the charges fall under domestic violence, which adds an aggravating factor to the alleged crimes, Alvarado said.

Moore was booked into Pinal County Jail and is being held on a $20,000 bond. He is due in court for a preliminary hearing Friday.

Ragon Sandoval is accused of stabbing a man in Maricopa. PCSO photo

A Maricopa man is in critical condition after being stabbed in a fight Thursday, and his alleged assailant is behind bars.

The fight took place in the 49000 block of Julie Lane south of Maricopa. Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was called around 9:45 p.m. by a resident who reported a man going door-to-door asking for help.

When a deputy arrived, a resident directed him to a man lying on a porch with four serious stab wounds. As the 39-year-old victim was being treated, he told first responders he was stabbed by Ragon Thomas Sandoval, a homeless man living in the area.

Sandoval, 29, turned out to be the man who was reported going door-to-door in the neighborhood.

“Deputies located Ragon Sandoval in an abandoned shack nearby the crime scene,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said. “He claimed to have been assaulted by a group of men in the street and he stabbed one man with a knife in self-defense. The investigators were unable to substantiate an assault that justified the suspect stabbing the victim.”

Sandoval was arrested and booked into PCSO jail pending charges of aggravated assault causing injury, aggravated assuault with a deadly weapon and being a fugitive from justice. The victim was flown to a Phoenix trauma center, where he remains.

Police sketch of a suspect in the attack on a jogger Tuesday morning. Courtesy MPD

A sketch of an unknown male who reportedly attacked a woman jogging in Maricopa Tuesday morning has been distributed by the Maricopa Police Department.

MPD has been going door to door looking for information and a lead to the suspect.

The woman was jogging near Bowlin Road and Alterra Parkway at around 6 a.m. when someone came up behind her and forced her to the ground. The woman told police she screamed and fought back, and the suspect fled. He was last seen near the Desert Cedars subdivision.

He is described as 5-foot-7 to 5-foot 9, black with a medium complexion, and wearing a grey shirt with pink sleeves and a backpack.

According to the MPD, they canvassed the neighborhood Tuesday with uniformed officers and plain-clothes detectives. In one hour, they spoke with five people of interest.

“The people spoken to were made aware of why the officers and detectives were in the area making contact with people.  The individuals contacted were from all races and ages; four adult males and one juvenile male,” Chief Steve Stahl reported. “During the consensual contact, the individuals were asked if a photograph could be taken of them. During any consensual stop, anyone has the right to not speak with officers or have their photograph taken. If during a consensual contact someone feels they are not comfortable with the line of questions or even the officer’s demeanor, they can request a police supervisor be present.  During this attempt to speak with individuals, no one was forced to be photographed or forced to answer questions.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call MPD at 520-568-3673 or anonymously on the tip line at 520-316-6900.

MPD is asking for information on an assault suspect in the Alterra subdivision.

A woman reported she was assaulted while jogging this morning near Maricopa Elementary School.

The incident took place just before 6 a.m. near Alterra Parkway and Bowlin Road. According to Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado, she described the suspect as a black teenager and between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9.

He was wearing a gray shirt with pink sleeves and carrying a backpack.

She said the suspect came up on her from behind and knocked her down, but she fought back and screamed, and he ran away.

MPD is asking anyone with information to call 520-568-3673 or the tip line at 520-316-6900 to remain anonymous.