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Tue, July 23

Prescott man faces charges of molestation

PRESCOTT – Authorities arrested Saturday a 36-year-old Prescott man on charges including child molestation and sexual conduct with a minor.

According to Prescott Police Sgt. Mike Kabbel, police arrested Brian Paul Downey at around 12:50 p.m. after doctors released him from the Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

According to the Prescott police report, a week earlier, the victim's mother called police after she allegedly saw Downey touching her 6-year-old daughter.

The caller reportedly told police that her ex-husband was waiting for police to arrest him. While police was on the way to the residence, the suspect allegedly attempted to kill himself by taking pills and cooking sherry.

Emergency personnel reportedly took the suspect to Yavapai Regional Medical Center where doctors put him on life support. Kabble said previously that the suspect is a registered sex offender.

Meanwhile, the minor reportedly told police that Downey had been molesting her.

• An 86-year-old man suffered serious injuries in a head-on accident Sunday at the intersection of Highway 69 and Highway 169.

According to Central Yavapai Fire District spokesman Rod Lopez, the man suffered multiple broken bones to his lower body and a few broken ribs, and after he received treatment at the scene emergency personnel took him to Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

A 27-year- old passenger in the other vehicle suffered multiple lacerations to her face while her husband and a 2-year-old daughter suffered minor injuries, he said. Emergency personnel took all of them to the hospital for treatment and doctors released the husband and the child shortly after, he said.

Information about the cause of the accident was not available at press time.

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