Jerome area assault leads to arrest for theft of victim

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

On February 10, 2009, at approximately 12:15 A.M., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported knife assault in the 1000 block of Perkinsville Road, Jerome. Deputies contacted the 66-year-old victim who explained that his roommate, 58-year-old Brenda Gray, had just attacked him with a knife.

The victim stated he was asleep in his bedroom when Gray entered and began arguing over property. She left the room briefly, returned and approached him holding a kitchen knife. Gray displayed the knife in an aggressive manner as she continued to argue with the victim. As some point, the victim was able to wrestle the knife away as Gray struck the victim in the face with her free hand. After the victim pushed Gray off the bed, Gray grabbed his cell phone and ran from the home. The victim gave chase, caught up with Gray and recovered his phone. Gray continued walking towards Jerome and out of sight. Deputies checked the area but could not locate Gray.

During the late evening hours on February 10, a Jerome Police Officer contacted YCSO to report the whereabouts of suspect Gray. A friend of the victim had alerted the police officer that Gray had returned to the Perkinsville Road home. YCSO went to the residence, contacted Gray, and placed her under arrest for one count of felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon. She was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center.

Back on January 30, 2009, the same victim reported the theft of a handgun from his home. The victim alleged Gray had taken the gun from his bedroom. He believed she could be found at the "Grapes" restaurant in Jerome. Jerome Police Officers were notified and located Gray at the location. A search of her purse revealed a .45 caliber handgun belonging to the victim. Gray was arrested and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Theft, Concealed Weapons Violation, and Possession of Prescriptions Drugs which were found during booking and not in her name. On February 5th, the victim paid the suspect's bond and she was released.