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Police Briefs: Molotov cocktail, sexual assault and school vandalism

Here are the latest law enforcement briefs from the greater Prescott area for May 23. Law enforcement agencies provided this information.


Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the sexual assault of a 20 year-old Black Canyon City woman.  The woman reported that on May 11, at about 10:30 p.m., she was walking to a local store in Black Canyon City and accepted a ride from a male acquaintance.  The male subject drove her to an area in the desert just outside Black Canyon City and sexually assaulted her.  The victim was held by the suspect for several hours and threatened with physical harm several times.  The victim was able to flee on foot in the early morning hours of the following day.

Investigators and Deputies were able to develop information leading to the identity of the suspect, later identified as JEFFREY SCOTT LANGE, age 47, from the Black Canyon City area.  An arrest warrant was secured for Lange, who had fled to the Mesa area.

Prior to locating Lange, on May 15, YCSO responded to several related calls in Black Canyon City.  One of the calls was for an assault in progress in the 33000 block of Gayla Lane.  Another call was for a man who had been discovered tied up and severely beaten in the front floor board of a pick-up truck on Squaw Valley Road.  Upon arrival, Deputies discovered that Jeffrey Scott Lange was the person tied up and beaten.  Lange suffered very serious injuries to his head and body.  Lange was flown to a Phoenix area hospital and placed into intensive care.  He is expected to recover from his injuries.

Deputies later responded to the assault call on Gayla Lane.  There, they contacted a JEREMY PFAFF, age 31, and a STEVEN DOUGLAS PASHBY, age 25.  They were taken to the Black Canyon City office and interviewed.  Both were later arrested on charges of aggravated assault and the kidnapping of Lange.  Further information was developed leading to the additional arrest of a HUNTER ALAN FINKLE, age 25, also of Black Canyon City.

All three men are being held in Yavapai County Jail on $250,000 bond each.  The aggravated assault investigation continues along with the sexual assault reportedly committed by Jeffrey Lange.



Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a case of criminal damage to Mayer Jr./Sr. High School that occurred sometime overnight on Tuesday, May 22.  Early this morning, school officials discovered that air had been let out of the tires of each of the eight school buses that were parked at the school.  In addition, the suspects smashed the windows out of a maintenance truck and jammed a putty-like substance into the key hole of every exterior door of the campus.

The vandalism caused the school to cancel all classes for today, May 23.  Replacement and repair costs are estimated to be between $1,000 and $2,000. 

Any persons with information regarding this case are asked to contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 771-3260.



Prescott Police Department

On May 11, the Prescott Police Department learned of a “Molotov Cocktail” being thrown at an unoccupied vehicle in the 400 block of Campbell Avenue in Prescott.  A “Molotov Cocktail” is a bottle filled with any flammable liquid with a piece of cloth forced into the opening and lit with a match or similar item.


This device did not ignite, but it did create substantial damage to the victim’s vehicle.  The 90-year-old local resident has no idea who may have thrown this device at his car that was parked on the street.

If you have any information about this criminal act, please call Detective Mark McClain at 928-771-5802 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. 

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