Three men arrested after spouting racial slurs

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COTTONWOOD - The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

On November 15, 2008, at approximately 4 P.M., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported disorderly conduct incident occurring near Western Drive and Highway 260 in Cottonwood. The victim, a Hispanic woman, told deputies she was driving near the "Sizzler" restaurant when 3 males pulled next to her in a truck and began yelling sexual and racial slurs. The males also "flipped" her off and threw things towards her and her passengers who included her mother, aunt and nephew. The truck also displayed a large flag in the bed. Deputies immediately contacted the Cottonwood Police Department requesting assistance to locate the vehicle and suspects.

A short time later, Cottonwood police officers located a truck in the area that displayed a Confederate Flag and contained three males. The victims were taken to the traffic stop location and confirmed identity of the 3 suspects. They were 21-year-old Curtis Alexander, 24-year-old Richard Alexander, and 21-year-old Logan Spude, all Cottonwood residents. Spude and Curtis Alexander admitted to the allegations while Richard Alexander denied involvement. Deputies detected the smell of intoxicating liquor on Spude's breath.

The three suspects were arrested and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on four charges each of Disorderly Conduct. Spude was additionally charged with Interference of a Judicial Procedure for violation of a prior release condition restricting alcohol consumption. Curtis Alexander was charged with Identify Theft for possession of an Arizona Identification Card in Richard's name with his photo displayed.