Duputies arrest suspect just before assaulting family

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

On June 27, 2009, at approximately 3:30 P.M., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported family fight in the 20000 block of E. Perry Road, Black Canyon City. As deputies were driving to the location dispatchers learned the suspect, later identified as 47-year-old Thomas Walker, was in the process of breaking windows and attempting to kick open the back door of the home. The suspect's 50-year-old wife was becoming distraught and dropped the phone. Her 28-year-old son was also present and trying to keep Thomas from entering the home. Deputies initiated an emergency response and upon arrival, found Thomas in the back yard of the home.

Thomas immediately began yelling and threatening deputies and would not cooperate. Against the commands of deputies, Thomas ran towards and scaled a rear yard fence, falling to the ground on the other side. Deputies approached the fence and told Thomas to stay on the ground. When Thomas started getting up to run again, an electric stun gun was deployed by a YCSO deputy which caused Thomas to remain on the ground. Thomas was handcuffed, but continued his belligerent behavior throughout the investigation. Deputies also detected the strong odor of alcoholic beverages on his breath.

Thomas' wife told deputies that earlier in the day she went to a home in the area where Thomas was visiting friends. At that location, she saw Thomas' car stuck in a ditch and damaged. Thomas demanded to use her car and she refused because of his intoxication level. Thomas became upset and kicked the driver's door of her vehicle causing significant damage. She and her son returned home and Thomas arrived a short time later, still upset, trying to kick down the back door of the home. After Thomas' arrest, his wife was treated by EMS personnel for complaint of chest pain.

Thomas was booked at the Camp Verde jail on several charges including Disorderly Conduct per Domestic Violence, 2 counts of Threatening per Domestic Violence, Criminal Damage, Aggravated Assault and Resisting Arrest. (The last three charges are felony level violations). He remains in-custody on a 5,000 bond. Next court is 07/07/09.