Deputy injures ankle trying to catch assault suspect

PRESCOTT — A Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputy suffered injuries while trying to take an assault suspect into custody.

About 3 a.m. Monday, Deputy Chip Cain responded to the 4000 block of North Mon-tezuma Avenue, in Lake Montezuma, on a report of an assault. He met the 42-year-old victim, who was standing in the front yard, bleeding profusely from her face.

She told Cain that Curtis William Rask, 42, who allegedly assaulted her, still was inside the home.

Cain approached the house and noticed Rask leaving through the back door. While calling for Rask to stop and surrender himself, Cain fell into a large pothole, injuring his ankle. However, he was able to call for back-up help.

Deputy Clyde Bentley arrived on the scene and arrested Rask in connection with the assault charge without further incident.

According to the report, the victim said Rask struck her in the face several times for no apparent reason. She ran and locked herself in the bathroom, but Rask broke down the door.

Once inside, Rask hit her in the face a few more times. She went by ambulance to Verde Valley Medical Center, where she received eight stitches in and around her mouth and treatment for head trauma.

Cain also went to Verde Valley Medical Center for treatment for his sprained ankle.

Deputies booked Rask at the Camp Verde Jail, where he faces aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a police officer and criminal damage charges.