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7/18/2012 9:50:00 PM
Hit-and-run suspect was allegedly targeting his ex's new boyfriend
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Prescott Valley Police arrested a 35-year-old man this week for allegedly striking a pedestrian with a car at the town's Mountain Valley Park.

A press release from the Prescott Valley Police Department noted that officers arrested Jose Alvarez-Ramirez of Prescott Valley after responding to an incident in which a person was hit by a vehicle.

After getting the call at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, officers learned that two men had been walking in the park when one noticed a vehicle driving toward them.

Although the first man was able to move out of the way and warn his friend, the vehicle hit the second man. He suffered a head injury and was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center East Campus, the news release stated, adding that the injuries "were believed to be non-life-threatening."

Witnesses identified the driver of the Hyundai passenger car as Alvarez-Ramirez.

Alvarez-Ramirez allegedly had been targeting one of the two men - the current boyfriend of Alvarez-Ramirez's ex-girlfriend - and had threatened the man, according to the release. "The victim who was struck is not believed to be the intended victim," the release added.

Although Alvarez-Ramirez reportedly denied any involvement in the incident when police located him on Tuesday at a Lakeshore Drive house, "Given all the information collected, Alvarez-Ramirez was arrested and booked into the Yavapai County Jail for one count of aggravated assault and one count of failing to stop at the scene of an injury accident (both felonies)," the release stated.

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012
Article comment by: TO: Square Pants

Perhaps because there are no such crimes in Arizona as "assault with a deadly weapon" or "driving with intent to kill." They can't charge him with crimes for which there is no statute....

Posted: Saturday, July 21, 2012
Article comment by: Dear Gus

Don't pull the race card on Concerned Citizen.

Ask any LEO or pull the public records. More arrests/disturbances in the Katie Circles and that area of Robert Road/Spouse than almost anywhere else in Prescott Valley.

The police have documented and talked to the public about gang activity at that Park, yet do you see any real visible presence by our boys in blue?


Posted: Saturday, July 21, 2012
Article comment by: No, Mayberry is NOT in Georgia

It is an imaginary town, pretending to be near Mt. Pilot and Raleigh.

Do you know what state those municipalities are domiciled?

Hello, Ernest T. Baggs!

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012
Article comment by: Monkey Jedi Flame

"I was LEO (in Georgia) for 20 years"

Isn't that where Mayberry is? Well HELLO BARNEY!

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen

Dear Tony,

I was being somewhat sarcastic when saying they were napping/checking email.

I don't care what they are doing in the car - simply having a car visible is NOT a deterrent for these kids. Get OUT of the vehicle and actually move around the park.

By the way - I was LEO (in Georgia) for 20 years. So yeah - I know of what I speak. Pssst - cops do sit and text/email/and even nap on duty. Please don't pretend they don't.

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012
Article comment by: Gus Patrick

Is it just me or does it appear that people with criminal records are the first to bash the "system" and all it stands for?

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012
Article comment by: Gus Patrick

@ Concerned Citizen

"the surrounding neighborhood"

So is it the three schools, two churches, the Boys & Girls Club, numerous businesses, or residents of the adjacent homes that are at fault?

Or, is it skin color or the baggy pants of the people that are "hanging out" you don't like?

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012
Article comment by: Tony Viada

@Button Square Pants, You don't need to charge a suspect with more than is needed to hold them. The D.A.s office files more charges later if EVIDENCE supports the charges.

@ Concerned Citizen, Like Button Square Pants your comment tells me you have never worked in Law Enforcement. An officer sitting in his vehicle is not napping or surfing the internet, more often than not it's break time or they are doing paperwork (often both at the same time).

Funny how it's always the people who have never worn a badge that seem to have the most to say about how the police should do their jobs.

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen

The skate park coupled with the surrounding neighborhood has made Mountain Valley Park a fairly unsavory locale.

I do see police in the parking lot, but that's about it. Sitting in the car taking an nap or checking their email.

Get out of the car. Walk INTO the skate park. Talk to the kids. Let them know you are there. The good kids would appreciate getting to know you and the bad seeds might just move their drug deals elsewhere.

It take more than just PARKING your car there. Get OUT and WALK a beat...

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012
Article comment by: Button Square Pants

"Alvarez-Ramirez was arrested and booked into the Yavapai County Jail for one count of aggravated assault and one count of failing to stop at the scene of an injury accident (both felonies)."

These are the only charges he's got? Why only one charge of Aggravated Assault? What about reckless driving, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon or with a vehicle (2 counts), Driving with intent to kill... and so on...

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012
Article comment by: Dear Mr. Steele

What the heck are you talking sbout? Also "under cover" is actually one word.

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Does the PVPD patrol or have under cover in this park? I have heard of young girls being harassed by older males of several occasions.

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012
Article comment by: Here come the excuses...

This guy will probably start with saying the oldest excuse in the book like, "I lost my brakes". Then it will be determined that he was under the influence of some drug that pushed him past the point of reason. Felonies? Yea, we'll see. Our system will probably sentence him to probation and community service based on rehabilitation. Great world we live in.

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