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Police arrest man in shooting

PRESCOTT ­ Prescott police arrested Charles Page on Thursday in connection with a Saturday-night shooting that left a 29-year-old Prescott man with two gunshot wounds in his upper torso.

Prescott Police Interim Lt. Ken Morley said the arrest occurred at 1:45 p.m. at Skyline Motel in Prescott after Det. Anna Cahall developed several leads on Page's whereabouts.

On Wednesday, a judge issued a warrant for Page's arrest. Prior to that Cahall spoke to Page on the phone and he admitted to being at a tri-plex in the 300 block of South Virginia Street where the shooting happened, Morley said.

The 50-year-old suspect now faces multiple felony charges including attempted homicide, aggravated assault and possession of a handgun, Morley said. He said Page cooperated with the authorities during his arrest.

"He was cooperative, refused to speak to anybody and asked for his attorney," Morley said.

The police began investigating the incident Saturday night after receiving a report of gunshots on South Virginia Street.

As officers were checking the area, another report came from the Yavapai Regional Medical Center about a man who had just arrived in the emergency room with multiple gunshot wounds.

Other than identifying the man as James Langley, police were unable to talk to him because of his condition. He is currently at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix in serious condition.

"It looks like he is going to pull through," Morley said.

Since the incident, police have searched the apartment and discovered a bullet hole, in addition to various drug paraphernalia and usable quantities of methamphetamine, Morley said.

"We think it (the incident) is drug related," he said.

Langley's injuries appear to be from either 9 mm or 45-caliber handguns, which witnesses reported seeing at the crime scene, Morley said.

Page, on the other hand, got out of jail on Dec. 16, after taking an Alford plea ­ admitting sufficient evidence exists for prosecution, but not admitting guilt of committing the crime ­ in an unrelated case.

In June 2005, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Page and four other suspects in connection with a two-year investigation that broke, what they called, a Yarnell drug ring.

During his initial court appearance, a Yarnell Justice Court judge declined to set bond for Page's release from jail claiming that the defendant poses "a substantial risk to the victim and the community," a court file states.

On Dec. 16, another judge ordered Page's release after he pleaded guilty to a Class 1 misdemeanor of facilitation-hindering prosecution, for which he received 180 days in jail. Since a judge gave him credit for the 180 days he served, jail officials released him the same day.

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