Stabbing victim fakes story to protect suspect

Posted: Updated:

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

On August 10, 2009, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Dispatch personnel were contacted by a woman who learned that her daughter had just been threatened by a live-in boyfriend. The woman was driving to a home in the 2700 block of Kings Highway East, Prescott Valley, to check on her daughter and requested assistance from deputies. After arriving on scene, deputies found no one home. The woman's daughter called her mom later to report she had resolved the conflict with her boyfriend.

A short time later, deputies received a call that a 20-year-old man had been admitted to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott Valley for a stabbing injury. The man told hospital staff he had been assaulted behind a business in the Frontier Village Shopping Center. Tribal Police were dispatched to the area to look for suspects and evidence while YCSO deputies contacted the victim at YRMC East.

At the hospital the victim told deputies he had been involved in a traffic dispute with a man in a gray truck. Both men ended up fighting behind the Bashas building in Frontier Village. The victim claimed he had been punched in the face and stabbed. The deputy saw no visible injuries on the victim's face and hands. The victim did have a stab wound to his thigh.

When the victim's girlfriend, 20-year-old Yvette Davalos, arrived at YRMC to check on her boyfriend, she was intercepted by deputies. Although she initially denied an altercation with her boyfriend, she eventually admitted they had fought after deputies found fresh blood on one of her fingers. Davalos told deputies she had argued with her boyfriend earlier over personal problems. At one point, she grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed him in the leg when he came towards her. Davalos eventually left on her own while her boyfriend sought medical treatment.

Deputies went to the home and recovered the knife along with marijuana paraphernalia.

Davalos was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center for two counts of Aggravated Assault and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The investigation is ongoing as to the false reporting and further charges are likely.