Crime/Emergency Services, 5-30-2008

Ronald Drozd

Ronald Drozd

Deputies rescue victim during stabbing

Yavapai Sheriff's deputies were called to a reported stabbing in progress about 1 a.m. Thursday, in the 2200 block of Copper Drive in Verde Village #1.

When they reached the brawl, deputies stopped the assault and detained the three suspects. They are identified as Ronald Drozd, 56, of Clarkdale, Erin Camacho, 29, of Cottonwood and Tina McGraw, 27, of Cottonwood. Authorities say all three suspects have gang affiliations.

McGraw attempted to run from the deputies, but was held and detained in the back yard, according the report. She was allegedly in possession of a knife.

The male victim sustained multiple lacerations to his face and lumps and scrapes on the back of his head and arms. Two of the suspects reportedly had attempted to break the victims fingers using a pair of pliers. The victim's name is withheld for safety reasons. He is hospitalized and his condition has not been released.

A resident at the home told deputies that three suspects came to the door and asked for the victim by name. Once they determined the victim was present, they forced entry into the home and attacked the victim in his bedroom. That is when the resident called the Sheriff's Office for help.

During follow-up investigation, deputies found the suspect's vehicle parked nearby. A K-9 dog alerted for drugs inside the vehicle. A search by narcotics detectives allegedly uncovered two baggies containing nearly 8 grams of methamphetamine, two syringes and a pill bottle with several hydrocodone tablets.

The suspects were all booked at the Camp Verde Detention Facility and charged with burglary, kidnapping to place in imminent danger, assault with a deadly weapon and various narcotics possession charges.

The investigation as to the motive for the assault is ongoing.

Tutor indicted for sex crimes

Parents of the Clarkdale-Jerome School are receiving a letter regarding a sexual incident involving a tutor and a student at the school. The letter encourages parents to talk and listen to their children about the incident.

Harold Mitchell Jr., of Camp Verde, has been indicted by the Grand Jury Thursday for four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. The Yavapai-Apache Nation employed the 19-year-old to work as a tutor for the Native American students at the Clarkdale-Jerome School. While employed at the school, Mitchell allegedly became sexually involved with a 14-year-old female student. The relationship reportedly continued for six months. He said he and the girl had sex at least four times during that period, according to the report.

Rollover accident with 18-wheeler

Montezuma-Rimrock FD rescue crews were called to a two-vehicle accident in the southbound lane of Interstate 17 near milepost 299.

The accident Tuesday afternoon about 3 p.m. involved a SUV and a semi tractor-trailer rig. The SUV driver said something on the car broke and it veered into the truck.

After hitting the truck his vehicle rolled over and smashed into the bridge abutment. The driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to VVMC. The big truck driver was unhurt.

Sedona Fire crews also responded to assist at the scene.

I-17 Human trafficking arrests continue

Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies stopped a white Chevrolet Suburban on Sunday afternoon for impeding traffic on Interstate 17 in Camp Verde. The driver, who was not licensed, was identified as 26-year-old Martin Custodio-Perez. He told the deputies he was traveling from Phoenix to San Francisco to visit family. In the SUV, deputies found 10 passengers and most admitted they were in the United States illegally.

The Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) authorized an immigration hold. The passengers were taken to the Camp Verde Detention Center to await ICE agents. Martin was arrested on 10 counts of human smuggling and booked in the Camp Verde Detention Center. He said he paid $1,800 for transportation across the border and had been here about two weeks. Martin got the Suburban from a male subject who purchased it for him and his passengers.

Martin stayed in two Phoenix area homes before starting the trip to San Francisco. He was planning to stay there, but the passengers were driving to Oregon to work. The vehicle displayed an Arizona temporary registration listing a Phoenix address. ICE agents were given the address for follow-up in connection with a human smuggling operation.

At 6:30 a.m. three days later on the Interstate in Camp Verde, deputies stopped a black Chevy Trailblazer for weaving across lanes. The driver, 25-year-old Humberto Barrera-Luna, was unlicensed and the vehicle contained six passengers including a small child. Deputies found a road atlas, a money transfer receipt from a Chandler market for $450, vehicle registration in Luna's name and $600 Luna's wallet. Although Luna claimed he was from Mississippi, he had paperwork indicating long-term connections with Mesa and Chandler. Luna was booked at the Camp Verde Jail for six counts of Human Smuggling. The report did not indicate Luna's final destination.

Man jailed for imprisonment

Joseph Isaac, 21, was arrested by the Camp Verde Marshal's deputies Late Tuesday night for holding and threatening a 25-year-old woman.

At the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde, Isaac allegedly showed signs of extreme intoxication. An alcohol breath test given Isaac registered .281 BrAC, according to the report.

He is alleged to have restrained the woman and prevented her from leaving, threatening her with bodily harm or injury, and causing her to nearly have an accident when he tried to grab the steering wheel away and prevented her from stopping. HHe was booked for felony unlawful imprisonment, threatening and intimidating and felony endangerment.

Speed trailer gets whacked

The Camp Verde Marshal's radar trailer was parked on Cliffs Parkway near the intersection with Lone Peak from Tuesday night until Wednesday morning. Sometime during the period from 10:30 p.m. until 5 a.m., vandals reportedly damaged the unit.

The Marshal's Office estimates damage to the radar unit at $500.

Shelter breeched

Someone broke into the Verde Valley Humane Society animal shelter in Cottonwood this week.

Police said the locks of three kennels were cut as well as the fence on one kennel and dog run. Three dogs were released. Two of the dogs were found on the shelter grounds. A big brown and white pit bull is missing.


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