Man accused of preventing 911 and assault


A man is accused of punching and pushing a woman Tuesday night after throwing her cell phone across the street when he saw her calling 911. Nicolas J. Branson, 35, was booked into Pinal County Jail and faces charges of assault (domestic violence), disorderly conduct (domestic violence), criminal damage (domestic violence), and preventing use of telephone in an emergency, police said. 

According to the probable cause statement: 

At about 8 p.m., Branson is suspected of assaulting a woman after engaging in “seriously disruptive behavior,” by yelling and screaming profanities at her at a residence in Santa Rosa Crossings. 

As the woman was laying on the bed, Branson grabbed the woman’s legs and attempted to pull her off the bed. 

Branson saw the woman calling 911, took the phone and eventually threw it across the street into an open field. 

When attempting to flee the residence, the woman was pushed and punched from behind, causing her to fall to the ground. 

While the woman was on the ground, Branson threw several of the woman’s belongings onto the front yard. 

The woman managed to get to a neighbor’s home to call 911, and when officers arrived, Branson was seen throwing more of the woman’s belongings onto the yard.