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Maricopa Police Department is ready for its eighth annual statewide event, G.A.I.N. – Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods.

This event gives people throughout Maricopa a chance to get involved with the community in terms of networking with neighborhood watch programs, local police and fellow neighbors.

“The purpose is to get acquainted in your neighborhood,” said MPD Public Affairs Specialist Ricardo Alvarado. “It’s a big thing for us because it gives us a force multiplier to have neighbors and neighborhoods participating in this event.”

The event emphasizes that more connections in the community mean more surveillance for any suspicious activity. Alvarado expressed that this kind of vigilance is incredibly helpful to police in keeping Maricopa safe.

Block parties can expect to have many visitors from city government workers, to emergency services. In past years, HOA-sponsored events with local law enforcement have included cook-outs, sports competitions and even petting zoos.

This year, G.A.I.N. will take place on Oct. 26 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. To parties interested in participating, the Police Department encourages all to fill out a registration form.

Registration information can be found on any of MPD’s social media pages as well as physical forms available at the main police station located next to City Hall or the substation located in front of Copper Sky Recreation Complex.

Additional information can be found on MPD’s official Facebook page.
Online registration forms can be located here.

 

Kevin Ramirez (PCSO)

Police arrested a man Thursday afternoon on after allegedly attempting to escape from authorities.

Two men called police after they reportedly witnessed somebody get into the fenced-off maintenance area at The Duke at Rancho El Dorado Golf Course and attempt to steal a John Deere Gator utility vehicle. The two men told the individual, later identified as Kevin Ramirez, 22, they were calling the police and took a picture of Ramirez as he fled.

The two men flagged down a nearby Maricopa Police officer after making the initial call to 911 and informed the police they witnessed Ramirez hop a residential fence into a backyard nearby.

Police observed the photos taken by the men and were able to see Ramirez was wearing a white tank top, black shorts, backpack and “white flip-flop type shoes.”

According to the police report, officers located Ramirez in the backyard of a home on Anne Lane. He was reported to be wearing black boots at the time.

While arresting Ramirez, police discovered he had allegedly stolen the boots from the backyard. According to the report, he later stated he was “hoping I could get away” and was hiding in the yard because he “didn’t want to stop.”

Ramirez was booked into Pinal County Jail on expected charges of burglary in the third degree, theft and resisting arrest.

Linda King talks about losing a daughter to domestic violence. Photo by Kyle Norby

For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer and the Maricopa Police Department hosted a kick-off event for the community. The presentations are aimed to help people learn and talk about domestic violence in society.

Events included the donation of $5,000 to the Maricopa Family Advocacy Center, a statistical portion on domestic violence, and a play performed on the subject as well.

“The play was actually written by the family of a lady who was in a domestic-violence relationship that ultimately took her life,” Volkmer explained.

The play is put on by an organization called “Fix the Hurt.” It is a production company founded by John and Linda King, who used to act in the play they created titled, “23 Bruises.” The play is based on the true events leading up to the death of John and Linda’s daughter. After the performance concluded, Linda King opened up the floor to a Q&A segment with the cast and crew.

Francis Jeffrey (PCSO)

A Pinal County woman’s latest alleged steal has gotten her more than she bargained for.

Francis Jeffery, 58, was contacted by police at Walmart on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway Tuesday afternoon in reference to alleged shoplifting. Police reported that when being questioned, Jeffery stated she had made purchases at Walmart and used the grocery bags from that purchase to hide shoplifted items in an attempt to make them appear purchased.

According to the police report, Jeffery was observed by loss prevention when attempting to pass off the stolen items as purchased. The value of the items came out to $66.85.

After being arrested and transported to Maricopa Police Station, officers found similar charges throughout Jeffery’s criminal history.

Jeffery was found guilty of shoplifting in three other cases, one of them being in Tempe in early 2015.

With police having three convictions within five years of each other, Jeffery’s violation increased to a class 4 felony.

Francis Jeffery was booked into Pinal County Jail.

Maricopa Police had an alarming case early Monday morning, ending in a Villages woman being accused of vulnerable adult abuse.

Around 8 a.m. Monday morning, an elderly woman with a walker arrived at the InMaricopa office looking for help. The woman claimed she was being abused by her roommate, Miranda McClain, and had walked from the home to the nearest business while her roommate was asleep. InMaricopa staff called Maricopa police, who interviewed the woman and transported her to the family advocacy center.

She stated about five years ago she moved into McClain’s home on McCord Drive with an agreement to pay $500 a month for rent. The woman explained she only received money twice a month. After about four years, the woman told officers she was not happy and wanted to move out. McClain was described as “intimidating.”

During an incident approximately one year ago, McClain allegedly yelled and slapped the woman, telling her she would live in that house until she died, according to the report.

The elderly woman recalled a time she attempted to leave the home, but McClain allegedly locked her in the master bedroom for two days. An exterior lock was used to keep the woman inside, and she was only let out to use the bathroom. When police asked if she was being fed, the woman said McClain would bring her snacks. McClain slept in the room with her, but on separate beds.

Maricopa Police headed to McClain’s home, where they observed her driving past the residence in a white sedan. McClain turned her vehicle around and stopped in front of the officer’s patrol vehicle, asking why they were by her house.

Police stated they had the woman, to which McClain asked if she was at her daughter’s house. Officers only stated the woman was safe and they had not received any information from anyone else. According to the report, McClain seemed angry and agitated, continuing to ask where the woman was. Police advised McClain to hand over any of the woman’s property.

According to the report, McClain pulled the woman’s ID card and a debit card out of her purse and gave it to police. McClain also confirmed the woman has lived at the home for five years and has been paying her $500 a month in rent. She also stated she had online access to the woman’s funds and claimed she was also allowed to take out more money for pool services and McClain’s own doctor bills.

McClain allegedly admitted to locking the old woman in the master bedroom after she “was causing issues with her daughters.” She claimed the woman was a friend and did not want her to leave the home because she might fall, due to trouble walking.

Police reported McClain had no power of attorney over the woman and told McClain she would no longer have access to the woman’s bank account.

McClain was described as angry, claiming that she was now being left with a financial burden. Police wrote a probable-cause statement on the case listing potential charges but did not make an arrest.

Cameron Carr (PCSO)

A Maricopa man was arrested Thursday evening on suspicion of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.

Police responded to an assault call at a residence in Santa Rosa Springs, where they made contact with Cameron Carr, 30, and his girlfriend.

According to Carr’s girlfriend, they were sitting on the couch that evening when Carr put both hands around her throat, squeezing and pushing her down. She fought back by pushing against his face with her hands when Carr then allegedly threw her to the floor. She also told police “the outsides of her neck were burning.”

After talking with the woman, officers interviewed Carr on his recollection of the event. Carr claimed that he became upset with his girlfriend because he discovered she was using a dating profile. He said he grabbed her shirt, not her neck, with two hands, and she scratched his face. The officer reported red marks on Carr’s arm, lips, eye and cheek.

MPD reportedly asked Carr if he may have grabbed his girlfriend by the neck at any point, and he said he could not recall.

The woman was to the local advocacy center, and Cameron Carr was arrested and booked in Pinal County jail.

Photo by Kyle Norby

A toddler survived a near-drowning at a house in The Lakes at Rancho El Dorado Friday morning.

The child apparently fell into a backyard pool on Wade Drive. Initial emergency calls indicated the child was not breathing and was turning blue.

Maricopa Fire/Medical Department and Maricopa Police Department responded to the scene. The child was transported to a hospital.

“We are still looking into it,” MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said. “But so far we believe the child got out through the doggy door and fell into the pool.”

Members of the Maricopa High School football teams visited Maricopa Police Department and City Hall on Saturday. Head coach Brandon Harris planned the visit a year ago with MPD Chief Steve Stahl. Harris, who has police officers in his family, said he wanted the students to have a productive relationship with local law enforcement and he wanted to defuse any apprehension and suspicion about law enforcement that comes from “news reports about officers and young men that go horribly wrong – and how we can better ensure this doesn’t happen to our boys.”

Ched Bayles (PCSO)

Ched Bayles, 30, was arrested Saturday afternoon on suspicion of shoplifting and additional outstanding warrants.

According to Maricopa Police reports, officers were dispatched to Ace Hardware after a man was accused of shoplifting by store employees. Officers reviewed surveillance footage of the store entrance and observed the man, later identified as Ched Bayles, entering the business with a brown shopping bag.

A few minutes later on the tape, officers observed the Bayles leaving the store with the same bag. An Ace employee followed the Bayles out of the store, asking to see his receipt, believing he stole products.

Bayles provided the employee with six items, adding up to $38.54, according to the report. After being asked to come back into the store, Bayles allegedly stated, “don’t touch me,” and walked away. Another Ace employee attempted to chase down Bayles.

Maricopa Police were able to locate and detain Bayles within the hour on West Edison Road. After he was read his Miranda warnings, Bayles allegedly admitted he did steal the items but gave them back. He claimed he lost his money and that was the reason he took the items.

Ched Bayles was booked into Pinal County Jail on suggested charges of shoplifting, as well as pre-existing charges of failure to appear and a probation warrant.

Bayles had been arrested previously in 2017 on similar shoplifting charges in addition to assault.

James Jamison (PCSO)

A Maricopa man was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of assault, disorderly conduct and possession of narcotics.

Maricopa Police were dispatched to a residence on West Tamara Lane, where reports came in of James Jamison, 51, striking another man with a 5-inch rebar rod. When officers arrived on the scene, Jamison had already fled on foot. Police made contact with Jamison’s girlfriend, who stated everything started because of an argument about Jamison allegedly using methamphetamine and heroin again.

According to the report, the woman stated Jamison kicked her in the face then went after one of her family members with the rebar, striking the side of the man’s ribcage. The brother of the man got involved and was able to hold back Jamison, giving them time to get the rebar away from him, according to the report. Jamison allegedly attacked the brother, resulting in facial scratch marks that MPD identified.

Officers reported later finding Jamison at the community pool, where they placed him under arrest. Officers searched Jamison and allegedly discovered heroin and a drug pipe in the pockets of his shorts.

James Jamison was booked and transported to Pinal County Jail.

“It resonates very loudly with first responders.”

MPD Commander James Hughes speaks at the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

By Joycelyn Cabrera

The Maricopa Police Department hosted the City’s Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony at its substation at Copper Sky.

The ceremony is the city’s third annual memorial of the Sept. 11 attacks and the only official memorial held in the rural area south of Phoenix. While other suburbs were invited to participate in memorials held in Phoenix and Tempe, the City of Maricopa has held its own Remembrance Ceremony for Sept. 11 for the last three years at the MPD substation and for the previous nine years, going back to 2007, at local elementary schools, said Ricardo Alvarado, MPD’s public information officer.

Photo by Joycelyn Cabrera

MPD Commander James Hughes and Fire Chief Brady Leffler with Maricopa Fire/Medical Department both spoke at the memorial to honor the first responders and civilians who had fallen or were still affected by the attacks 18 years ago.

The city has experienced substantial growth over the last few years, expanding from a small, rural town to a semi-rural, small city. Even so, the community continues to hold multiple annual events year-round, often organized by city departments or volunteer organizations.

The MPD substation’s memorial monument was built and opened to the public by the Maricopa Police Department Foundation to honor fallen officers and their families. It became an obvious place to pay tribute to the 2,977 people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

“To this day, there are people who still suffer from the effects of going in and helping people to try to save lives,” Leffler said. “There are still people who are dying to this day, from the effects of that day.”

Vice Mayor Henry Wade and Councilmember Rich Vitiello spoke at the memorial. Vitiello, a former resident of New York, shared more of his memories of the attack after the ceremony.

“It was the worst day, to me, in American history. It crushed me as a person, to see innocent people die and the people that are still dying because of it,” Vitiello said. “Innocent people died for no reason, for selfishness and hatred.”

Photo by Joycelyn Cabrera

MPD invites elected officials to speak at the ceremony.

“As a first responder, you have a different view of how things are portrayed because you can be called on at any time to go into a situation where you don’t go home the next day,” Leffler said. “It resonates very loudly with first responders.”

The MPD plans to continue these memorials annually as younger generations are reminded of the historic tragedy that took place before they were born.

“I remember my parents discussing where they were when they heard the news that President Kennedy was assassinated.” Hughes said. “I remember my grandparents talking about where they were when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Now we find ourselves talking about where we were when Sept. 11 happened.”

Shortly after the Remembrance Ceremony, the MPD traveled to Legacy Traditional School to hold another 9/11 memorial service. The police department will continue to host its annual ceremony at the memorial monument for the community to gather close to home.


Joycelyn Cabrera is a graduate of Maricopa High School and a student at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

Mathier Sipes (PCSO)

Mathieu Sipes, 21, was arrested in Maricopa after being questioned by police Saturday.

According to the Maricopa Police Department report, an officer saw a vehicle in the Planet Fitness parking lot with the driver’s door open and a woman “rummaging” through it. The officer then noticed a male sitting on the sidewalk next to the vehicle. After making contact with them, the officer asked if the two needed any assistance.

During the conversation, another “male subject approached the vehicle from behind the business.”

The officer asked for identification from all three people. Upon providing a driver’s license, the man who came from behind the building was identified as Sipes.

MPD requested a wants and warrants check on all three individuals, and an active warrant for Sipes was discovered. The warrant for failure to appear was originally issued on Aug. 26 from the Casa Grande Justice Court with the initial charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police took Mathieu Sipes into custody reportedly without incident and transported him to Pinal County Jail.

‘We will do better’

MPD Chief Steve Stahl

 

A major mistake by the Maricopa Police Department in July earned a live apology from the police chief.

“We messed up,” he announced at his monthly Coffee with the Chief, which is carried on the department’s Facebook page and generally involves information on current events and safety tips for the community.

It was a mea culpa from a department that does not like to air details of its inner workings in personnel matters.

Maricopa Unified School District allowed MPD to carry out training exercises on the Butterfield Elementary campus during the summer break. The July 3 training involved a K-9 searching for narcotics, but one small packet was inadvertently left behind in a room, an error that was not discovered until after school started.

“It’s our fault,” Chief Steve Stahl said. “This is on us.”

Superintendent Tracey Lopeman notified parents of the situation July 25 after the school had to go into “shelter-in-place” mode while police searched the premises. She said the district would re-evaluate its agreement with MPD.

As Lopeman and Stahl both said the relationship was important, MPD was re-evaluating, too.

“From a department standpoint, we are going to evaluate our policies and procedures to make sure that they are up to standards with other agencies that have K-9 programs,” MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said.

Though Stahl apologized to Lopeman personally, he said he needed to apologize to her, the staff, students, parents and community publicly because of the potential of what could have happened.

It turned out a teacher had discovered the packet, wrapped and reportedly looking like an old sandwich, on July 15 and threw it out.

“We have higher expectations of ourselves and have taken measures to correct the issue,” Stahl said.

He said if any good came out of the situation it was that no children were ever in any danger because the school was out during the time between the training and the discovery of the narcotics.

“I can tell you this; the officer involved in this scenario has children, has children that attend MUSD schools, and is extremely remorseful for what occurred and has taken full responsibility,” Stahl said. “And we will press on from here.”

He expressed regret that parents experienced added apprehension and stress over the incident. “For that, we apologize, and we will do better.”


This story appears in part in the September issue of InMaricopa. For clarification, MPD released information publicly about what occurred at Butterfield shortly after MUSD informed parents of the situation. 

Cynthia Rojo Torres (PCSO)

Cynthia Rojo Torres, 26, was arrested around noon Aug. 23 with recommended charges of aggravated domestic assault and domestic disorderly conduct.

MPD responded to a report of a physical altercation at a home on West Balsa Drive between Rojo Torres and another woman. According to the police report, during the altercation Rojo Torres threw the other woman to the floor and began kicking her in the face.

The woman was observed to have a bloody nose from the kicking as well as numerous scratches on her face. Upon the officers’ arrival, they reported that the blood appeared to be very fresh on her face.

After making contact with the women, Maricopa police were told Rojo Torres allegedly began choking the woman from behind during the altercation. The woman stated that “she almost lost consciousness.”

The woman was transported to the family advocacy center for evaluation of her injuries and photographs were taken for further review.

Rojo Torres was placed under arrest and transported to Pinal County Jail.

An officer checks out an Acura while the driver is arrested behind him in the window's reflection after an afternoon collision on John Wayne Parkway. Photos by Kyle Norby

A rollover accident in the southbound lanes of John Wayne Parkway north of Smith-Enke Road stopped traffic next to Cobblestone Farms at the beginning of rush hour.

The incident involved two vehicles at the intersection of JWP and Cobblestone Drive. An Acura collided with a Nissan Armada, and the Acura rolled up on its side.

First responders checked out both drivers at the scene. The driver of the Acura was cuffed by Maricopa Police Department on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

According to MPD, the Acura swerved to avoid another vehicle and clipped the Armada, which suffered tire and back end damage.

Crystal Montijo (PCSO)

Maricopa Police pulled over Crystal Montijo, 33, who was driving a vehicle that was reported stolen. Police approached the vehicle just south of State Route 347 and Ferrell Road and made contact with “two female subjects” inside the vehicle.

Montijo was identified as the driver, placed under arrest and brought to Maricopa Police Station. During an interview with MPD, Montijo allegedly stated the stolen vehicle was actually borrowed from her friend’s boyfriend and claimed her friend gave her the keys to it the previous week. Montijo also stated her friend wanted the car back on a certain date, but she was unable to return it because she “got stranded.”

Although Montijo reportedly said she was planning on returning the vehicle when she returned to Arizona City, she had no contact information for her friend for police to confirm her story.

Back at the scene of the traffic stop, officers allegedly located two bags inside the vehicle containing methamphetamine, a broken pipe, cotton balls, and capped needles.

The officer interviewing Montijo at the station asked her who the bags belonged to, and she stated they were hers. The officer included in the police report that upon asking what was inside the bags, Montijo said, “You know what’s inside the bags.”

Not answering any more questions, Montijo was transported to the county jail on recommended charges of theft of means of transportation, possessions of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Kelli Shaver (PCSO)

A Maricopa woman was arrested in Rancho El Dorado around 5 p.m. Monday on suspicion of aggravated harassment.

A Maricopa Police officer made contact with Kelli Shaver, 52, on North Braden Drive after receiving a call about a disturbance. According to the report, Shaver explained to the officer she was arguing with her husband. She allegedly left numerous voicemails for a woman with whom Shaver believed her husband was having an affair. Shaver told police the woman already had a restraining order against her.

According to the officer’s report, Shaver was well aware of the restraining order, and said, “I went after her again because I feel like that’s the source of my threat even though I’ve been told not to, I know better.”

While speaking to Shaver, MPD received a call from the woman who had received Shaver’s voicemails. The woman described the several voicemails as “threatening,” with one of them beginning with Shaver identifying herself and telling the woman once she found out where she was, “you’re done.”

Shaver was arrested and booked for suspected charges of aggravated harassment. By law, an aggravation factor is added when a restraining order violation is involved.

Kenneth Ragan (PCSO)

A Maricopa man was arrested late Thursday night on suspicion of criminal damage, disorderly conduct, and domestic assault.

Police were called to a Senita residence around 12:30 a.m. A woman reported her husband, Kenneth Ragan, pushed her out of their bed onto the floor. She also claimed Kenneth created a hole in the wall after hitting it and blocked her from leaving the house with their child.

Ragan also threw her phone across the room, according to the police report. She was able to make it to her vehicle. Officers reported that while she was driving away, Kenneth “struck the hood of the vehicle causing damage.”

Maricopa Police subsequently booked Ragan in Pinal County Jail.

Yonatan Vasquez Vides (PCSO){

Yonatan Vasquez Vides, 25, was arrested Friday night after an altercation at McDonald’s was videoed.

A local woman who was at McDonald’s on John Wayne Parkway with her friends posted a video on a local Facebook group that allegedly showed Vasquez Vides trying to touch her friend. They reportedly didn’t know who he was. The woman began recording on her cellphone when another man, identified as Kieran Gallagher, attempted to get Vasquez Vides away from the table of girls.

The video supports the police report and shows a man purported to be Vasquez Vides begin to swing his fist at Gallagher. He allegedly hit Gallagher in the arm. After the initial contact, McDonald’s staff intervened. The suspect is then seen fleeing the scene through an exit door by the children’s play area. Police observed redness on Gallagher’s right forearm, but no further injuries.

According to the police report, Police were called and made contact with Vasquez Vides across the street at Fry’s Marketplace. Vasquez Vides requested to be seen by Maricopa Fire/Medical Department for a knee injury. While MFD Capt. Nathan Maxcy was evaluating the suspect’s knee, Vasquez Vides allegedly proceeded to kick him in the shin, leaving a red mark.

Vasquez Vides was placed under arrest and booked in Pinal County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault on fire/EMT personnel and assault.

 

Ex-boyfriend of 'Real Housewives' star charged

Matthew Jordan (PCSO)

A man best known as the ex-boyfriend of a “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member was arrested early Saturday morning after an incident that took place at Denny’s.

Maricopa Police arrived on the scene at the parking lot, where they were told Matthew Jordan, 32, punched his recent girlfriend Valerie Bell in the face. Police observed redness, swelling and bruising on the side of Bell’s nose. Jordan had already left the scene before police arrived.

Officers then spoke with a restaurant employee, who was a witness to the incident. The server stated the whole ordeal occurred right in front of her, and was approached by Jordan in extremely close proximity after he allegedly hit Bell. She said she felt like she was about to be hit as well.

The server said Jordan “snatched” her pack of cigarettes, even the one in her mouth, and proceeded to try to throw them on the roof. After Jordan fled, the server noticed blood from Valerie’s face all over her and her dress.

Officers attempted to locate Jordan with no luck until hours later when Bell called MPD to report Jordan had come to her home and was walking west on Thornberry Lane in Glennwilde.

Officers located and arrested Jordan on suspicion of aggravated assault, theft and threatening/intimidating along with pre-existing warrants.

Jordan, who has previous arrests in Georgia, is the ex-boyfriend of 1993 Miss USA Kenya Moore, a cast member of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

He is described as 6-foot-7, 260 pounds. He remains behind bars on a $1,250 bond. He was arraigned Monday in Maricopa Municipal Court and faces a second arraignment Friday on new charges.

 

Maricopa Unified School District emailed Butterfield Elementary parents July 25 informing them the Maricopa Police Department inadvertently left narcotics at the elementary school after a July 3 K-9 unit exercise.

Superintendent Tracey Lopeman released a follow-up statement:

“Maricopa Police officers informed an overnight security guard late Wednesday night that there was a concern regarding a training exercise that took place on July 3.  Thursday morning, the security guard alerted District officials who contacted the Police Department. The District immediately began working with the Maricopa Police Department to conduct a search. We asked students and staff to shelter in place. After interviewing teachers, officers determined a search was not necessary.

Our relationship with the Maricopa Police Department is important and the District will continue its partnership with all City agencies. However, this incident necessitates a reevaluation of our agreement to include modifications that ensure human error never puts any of our students or staff at risk.

Student and staff safety is always our first priority. We are very grateful that the students were never exposed to the package.”

“I can’t get into how it happened because the K-9 officer is currently under investigation,” MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said. “From a department standpoint, we are going to evaluate our policies and procedures to make sure that they are up to standards with other agencies that have K-9 programs.”

Alvarado said MPD will not be training in any public locations for the time being.

“Any building or facility that the public may have access to, we’re going to suspend that until we have an opportunity to look at our policies and procedures,” Alvarado said.

David A. Turner (PCSO)

A Tortosa man was arrested Sunday afternoon after a family fight.

Maricopa Police received a call about a fight at a home on West Bilbao Street and were met by Turner upon their arrival. David Turner, 25, claimed that during a verbal argument regarding video games, his wife Naomi began to throw items around the house at him.

Turner claimed he grabbed his wife to prevent her from throwing anything because their young child was almost hit by one of the items. According to the report from officers, upon hearing the couple yelling at each other, Naomi’s father, David Hope, came out of his room to observe Turner allegedly having placed Naomi in a headlock hold.

Naomi told police that she had difficulty breathing, and officers reportedly observed redness on the left side of her neck. Hope stated he placed Turner in a “rear-naked chokehold” to get him away from Naomi.

MPD took David Turner into custody and booked him in Pinal County Jail on charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.

Maricopa Police made an arrest Saturday evening after Miguel Figueroa Jr. allegedly pushed his grandmother and possessed methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Maricopa Police were dispatched to a reported assault at a home on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway. Upon arrival, police contacted Maria Figueroa, Miguel’s grandmother. Maria stated she got into an argument with Figueroa over her money being stolen by him.

Figueroa reportedly pushed his grandmother, causing her to fall and injure her left hand. This occurred the day prior, and police were able to observe Maria’s hand to be severely swollen.

Officers proceeded to locate Figueroa in a bathroom. After conducting a search of his person, police allegedly discovered a small plastic bag with a gram of methamphetamine as well as a smoking pipe containing meth residue.

Figueroa admitted to smoking the meth earlier in the day, according to the police report. While confirming he spoke with his grandmother about missing money, Figueroa denied the claim he stole her money or pushed her.

Miguel was placed under arrest on suspicion of possessing dangerous drugs and paraphernalia, as well as assault and vulnerable adult abuse. His father, Miguel Figueroa Sr., was sentenced to life in prison in 2018 for the stabbing death of wife Olivia.

Jesus Escalante (PCSO)

A Maricopa man faces an assault charge after an arrest that involved both Maricopa and Ak-Chin police departments.

According to MPD, Jesus Escalante, 43, notified police Monday that Andrea Trujillo was staying at the Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Hotel and was abusing drugs. MPD contacted ACPD for a welfare check and was told the woman was there and “severely bruised.”

MPD spoke to Trujillo at the hotel. Officers described bruising to her chin, arm and shoulder. She claimed Escalante had assaulted her earlier in the day.

She said she and Escalante had argued Sunday at a residence on West Lococo Street about his feelings of being disrespected and she claimed he punched her in the mouth. A witness in the home told police she thought the incident occurred Saturday and said she did not see Escalante punch her friend because she left the room when they started arguing.

At some point, the two women left the Smith Farms residence to stay the night at the casino hotel. They returned to the home Monday morning, according to the report. They told police Escalante again became angry and chased Trujillo around with a dust pan.

They claimed Escalante grabbed Trujillo and pushed her against a wall and struck her with his elbows.

Escalante denied the accusations, claiming the alleged victim was known for hitting herself and was the aggressor.

MPD took Escalante into custody, noting he “showed no concern about being arrested and stated he just wants Andrea to get help.” He was booked at Pinal County jail on recommended charges of assault and disorderly conduct.

Jermaine Walker (PCSO)

Jermaine Walker, 38, was arrested Saturday by Maricopa Police for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license.

Around 8 p.m., officers observed Walker driving a vehicle in Desert Passage. According to a Maricopa Police probable cause report, officers were aware Walker’s Arizona driving privileges were suspended for a prior DUI conviction as well as outstanding warrants by the Kyrene Justice Court.

After confirming warrants with police dispatch, officers contacted Walker in his driveway while he was still in the vehicle. Upon arresting Walker, police officers discovered a plastic bag that contained a “useable quantity” of marijuana in the vehicle’s center console, according to the police report.

Jermaine Walker received the additional charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and was booked into Pinal County jail.

Rayan Jarjes (PCSO)

A 43-year-old Lyft driver from Peoria who is accused of sexually assaulting a passenger in Maricopa had a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Rayan Jarjes is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court on Friday and remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.

In arresting him Sunday morning, Maricopa Police had suggested charges of sexual abuse, kidnapping and sexual assault. Pinal County Attorney’s Office has set the charges at three counts of sexual assault.

Jarjes’ LinkedIn account lists him as a chemist at a Glendale company. His wife was out of the country when the incident occurred.

According to the MPD report, the alleged victim had been drinking with several friends at a local bar before going to a friend’s house. However, she soon called for a Lyft driver to take her to her home nine miles away at around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

She later told police Jarjes twice stopped the vehicle on the way and got into the back seat with her to force himself on her. She said he sexually assaulted her both while stopped and while he was driving after she tried to lie down to sleep. She said she also believed he took photos of her with his phone.

A friend of the alleged victim called MPD at around 4:25 a.m. Police took down a description of the driver and his vehicle. Reportedly matching both descriptions, Jarjes and his black Kia Optima were pulled over by MPD on Smith-Enke Road. Officers noted when he exited the vehicle his pants were not zipped.

Jarjes was arrested at 5:21 a.m. and his vehicle and cell phone were seized by MPD as evidence. He was interviewed at the department around 9:30 a.m. According to MPD, he initially denied the woman’s allegations but then confirmed sexual contact. However, he claimed it was her idea and said she threatened to call the police if he did not comply.

Jarjes’ previous court record in Arizona is a speeding ticket. According to the MPD report, he has driven for Lyft seven years. MPD described him as a flight risk because he is “a recent immigrant from Iraq” and his wife and children were visiting in Syria at the time of his arrest.

A Maricopa man was cited June 24 on suspicion of aggravated assault and child abuse.

It began around 10 p.m. when Nathaniel Clark had called the police and claimed his stepdaughter was kicked out of the home for taking his keys to the house without permission.

“While clearing from the scene MPD was approached by several juveniles,” according to the police report. They reported Clark possibly assaulted his stepson. The juveniles stated the stepson was FaceTiming a friend, and his face was actively bleeding.

Police made contact with the boy and were able to see a red mark on his upper lip. According to the stepson, Clark assaulted him with the bottom half of a pool cue and proceeded to hit him multiple times. Several more marks were shown to the MPD officers on the stepson’s chest and back. Officers concluded the marks, as well as actively bleeding spots on the boy’s left calf, were consistent with assault.

Nathaniel Clark’s stepdaughter, whom he initially called the police on, arrived to the scene in search of her brother. According to the officer’s report, the girl, “appeared to have a distinct limp on her left leg indicating an injury.”

She stated she was in the same altercation with Clark and the pool cue, showing officers an inch-wide red mark on her left leg, which had become swollen. The stepson added that his sister was then thrown outside by Clark after they were both assaulted with the pool cue.

Clark denied assaulting either of his stepchildren, and stated he only gestured with the pool cue for them to find his missing keys.

MPD suggested two counts of aggravated assault and child abuse for Clark.

Amy Ragsdale and Jason Bowman (PCSO)

 

A stolen vehicle led to the arrest of two people on drug charges at QuikTrip on Thursday just after 12:30 in the morning.

Maricopa Police officers spoke to Jason Bowman, 25, at the gas station and Amy Ragsdale, 28, as she sat in the passenger seat of a Toyota Tacoma that had been reported stolen out of Tucson. Both allegedly admitted to officers they knew the pickup truck was stolen.

During Ragsdale’s arrest, officers reportedly found a small, plastic baggy “within her immediate reach” that field tested positive for methamphetamine and heroin. They also alleged she claimed ownership of a Calvin Klein bag that contained a glass pipe with burned residue “commonly used to smoke methamphetamine.”

Also in the vehicle, officers reportedly found foil with burnt residue “commonly used to smoke heroin.”

Bowman and Ragsdale were booked into Pinal County Adult Detention. Both are initially charged with theft of transportation, possession of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ragsdale is additionally charged with possession of narcotic drugs.

Isaac Guerrero (PCSO)

A Maricopa man was arrested by Maricopa Police Department Friday after allegedly spray-painting the car wash at Circle K. Police believe the culprit graffitied several other businesses in the vicinity.

The main suspect told police he was too intoxicated to remember.

A security camera at the 21212 N. John Wayne Parkway convenience store had footage of two people entering the car wash just before midnight Thursday night. The two individuals used spray paint to create graffiti on the walls of the car wash.

Officers identified one as Isaac Guerrero, 20, who had an outstanding warrant.

Friday morning, two officers found Guerrero at his residence on West Alamendras Street in Acacia Crossings, west of the Circle K, and arrested him on a warrant.

Officers noted similar graffiti on the walls of Dignity Health, True Grit Tavern, EarthWise Pet Supply and Dickey’s BBQ as well as Acacia Crossings subdivision walls. Damage is estimated between $2,000 and $10,000.

According to the report, Guerrero told police he had no memory of the night because he was intoxicated but said one of the graffiti pictures was his. He said he did not know the person with him.

Guerrero was booked a Pinal County Adult Detention on the warrant and suspicion of criminal damage.

Chief Steve Stahl talks to seniors during a Lunch and Learn event at Copper Sky.

Senior Lunch & Learn hosted the Maricopa Police Department, specifically Chief Steve Stahl, to talk about senior safety June 21 at Copper Sky. Stahl and his staff spoke on senior safety, from traffic to fraud, the family advocacy center and You Are Not Alone program in the hour-long chat. Lunch & Learn is the third Friday of each month, providing guest speakers on issues that affect the senior population.

Lunch & Learn
Seniors enjoy a bit of wit and information at Lunch & learn.
Seniors meet for Lunch & learn each month at Copper Sky.
MPD Public Affairs Specialist Ricardo Alvarado talks about the department’s app.