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ARMED ROBBERY

On Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at approximately 11:13 p.m., officers responded to a report of an armed robbery that just occurred in the 500 block of E Robin Lane.

 

The investigation showed the victim, a 51-year-old male, was approached by two male subjects and one brandished a handgun and demanded his wallet and car keys.  The victim surrendered the items and the suspects fled in the vehicle.  Approximately forty-five minutes later, officers located the vehicle in the parking lot of 2550 block of S. Virginia Drive.  Officers saw a subject that matched the suspect’s description approach the vehicle.  When the subject saw the officers, he and another male fled on foot into one of the apartments and barricaded themselves.

 

A perimeter was established and announcements were made.  Four occupants exited the residence, but two remained; one being the person matching the suspect’s description.  The Special Enforcement Unit was called out and took over the incident.  At approximately 6:00 a.m., 23 year old Angel Morales was taken into custody and booked on multiple felony charges, to include Armed Robbery, Theft of Vehicle and Possession of Weapon by a Prohibited Possessor.   

 

There were no reported injuries in this case. This case is still under investigation.

 

The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this case to call the Yuma Police Department at 928-373-4700 or 78-Crime at (928) 782-7463 to remain anonymous. 

BBQ & BREW FEST SLATED TO RETURN

The BBQ and Brew Festival returns to Yuma’s historic Main Street 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

Featured entertainment this year includes country music performances by Young Guns, Left of Centre, and tributes to Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean. Closing this year’s event on Saturday will feature tributes to Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan.

Other performers include Downtime, Faith Lynn, Alfa Norteño, plus community performances from Glam Dance, Dancers Workshop, and Sun Vista RV Park line dancers.

Mayor Douglas Nicholls will compete in a steak cook-off, taking on Chris Webb from Bushmaster BBQ at 4 p.m. Saturday.

This event features the Best in the Desert Southwest cooking contest, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), where registered participants will compete to earn points toward the KCBS Team of the Year World Champion. Awards will be announced at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

HOMICIDE

Update:During the course of this investigation, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau identified Maribel Ornelas, 21, of Yuma, AZ, as a suspect.  

 

On February 15, 2024, Investigators located and arrested Ornelas, who was booked into the Yuma County Detention Center for 1st Degree murder and Narcotics Drugs for Sale.

 

This case remains under investigation at this time.  The family has shared a GoFundMe to assist with funeral expenses: https://gofund.me/8332dea4

On Tuesday, February, 6, 2024, at approximately 7:47 PM, Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to Avenue B and County 18th Street in reference to a vehicle collision and shots fired.

 

Upon arrival, Deputies located the vehicle and discovered a male victim with gunshot wounds. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau responded and assumed the investigation.

 

The victim, identified as Iza Granillo, 18, of Yuma, AZ was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. Next of kin notification has been made.

 

This case remains under investigation at this time.

 

Anyone with information regarding this case, please contact the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office at 928-783-4427 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous. You can also visit our website at www.yumacountysheriff.org to submit an anonymous tip.

 

Information Released By:  Tania Pavlak, Public Affairs Specialist

6TH GRADER CHALLENGES HERSELF TO WIN 1ST PLACE IN SPELLING BEE

Congratulations to 6th grade student, Azul Valencia, from

Salida Del Sol Elementary. Azul won 1st place in the Spelling Bee which took place January 12, 2024. Azul will be representing her school in the Yuma County Spelling Bee. She is also the 2nd place/runner up from last year's Spelling Bee and after getting so close to winning, she made a promise to take first place the following year, and she made it happen.

PEDESTRIAN FATALITY

Location of Incident: Highway 95 and Avenue 6 E – Yuma, AZ

 

On Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at approximately 5:46 AM, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian collision on Highway 95 and Avenue 6 E.

 

The initial investigation revealed a red Chevrolet Equinox was traveling eastbound on Highway 95 when a pedestrian walking near the roadway, stepped into the path of travel of the vehicle. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries from the collision and was pronounced deceased on scene.

 

The pedestrian was identified as Donald Pannel, 58, of Yuma, AZ. Next of kin notification has been made.

 

This case remains under investigation at this time.  Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this collision.

 

Anyone with information regarding this case, please contact the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office at 928-783-4427 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous. You can also visit our website at www.yumacountysheriff.org to submit an anonymous tip.

 

Information Released By:  Tania Pavlak, Public Affairs Specialist    

ARSON

On Saturday, January 27, 2024, at approximately 11:22 p.m., Yuma Police Department officers responded to 2010 S. Madison Avenue, in reference to a possible arson.

 

Yuma Fire Department personnel observed smoke and flames coming from the south side of the building.  YFD began evacuations of the apartments and were preparing to extinguish the fire when they encountered the occupant, later identified as 44 year old Agustin Vera, of the apartment where the fire originated.  Vera refused to allow them access to extinguish the fire by blocking their path. YFD firefighters were eventually able to grab Vera, remove him from the residence and escort him to a nearby ambulance for precautionary measures.  While inside the ambulance, Vera jumped out and struck a YFD firefighter in the chest, knocking him back, before fleeing on foot.

 

As YFD and YPD remained on scene, Agustin Vera returned to the apartment and was taken into custody.  Vera was later booked for multiple felonies, to include Arson of an Occupied Structure, Arson of property, Criminal Damage and Aggravated Assault on a Firefighter.  The damage to the apartment was contained to the area around the outside of the backdoor and door frame.

BRIDGE REPAIR WORK

Bridge repair work on Jan. 25 will prompt a closure of Avenue 3E between County 14th and 15th streets. Detour using Avenue 4E.

YUMA WOMAN FACES MULTIPLE FELONY  CHARGES IN SEPTEMBER FATALITY

According to Arizona Department of Public Safety, on Thursday, September 7, 2023, at approximately 5:46 p.m., a green passenger vehicle traveled the wrong way westbound in the eastbound lanes, on Interstate 8 in the area of milepost 12 and sideswiped a vehicle. The green passenger vehicle continued traveling the wrong way and struck a black GMC Canyon pickup head on at milepost 10.

The driver of the green passenger vehicle and the driver of the black Canyon were flown to Phoenix area hospitals by helicopter with serious injuries.

The driver of the GMC Canyon, Robert Allan Shipp, died as a result of the injuries sustained during the incident.

DPS advised that impairment was suspected to be a factor in this collision.

As of January 9, 2024, Kiara Gomez is in custody and facing multiple felony charges.

DRIVE-BY SHOOTING

On Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at approximately 5:58 p.m, Yuma Police Department officers responded to a report of shots fired between two motor vehicles at West 24th Street and South 5th Avenue.

Upon arrival, police located the scene of the shooting in the 2400 block of South 5th Avenue. Officers found an involved vehicle and additional evidence. There are no known injuries at this time. However, this is an active and ongoing investigation. Portions of 24th Street and 5th Avenue will be closed.

The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this case to please call the Yuma Police Department at (928) 373-4700 or 78-Crime at (928) 782-7463 to remain anonymous. Remember, if your information leads to an arrest, you may receive up to a $1,000 cash reward.

SOMERTON SHOOTING

On Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at approximately 2:19 PM, the Somerton Police Department responded to the 700 block of West Spring Street in reference to a shooting between neighbors. The preliminary investigation revealed that two males were been involved in a verbal altercation, resulting in one of them shooting the other with a handgun. The shooter is identified as 50-year- old Sidney Lee. The Somerton Cocopah Fire Department transported the victim to YRMC. At last report, the vicitm was listed in critical condition.

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