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Man arrested after cutting woman's finger off with a sword

Ronald Gene Olivier

Ronald Gene Olivier

Yavapai County sheriff's deputies arrested a Rimrock man this past Saturday after he allegedly cut off a portion of his girlfriend's finger and threatened to kill her and his mother.

Deputies arrested Ronald Gene Olivier, 48, and booked him into the Camp Verde jail on charges of two counts of kidnapping per domestic violence, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of preventing use of a telephone per domestic violence, criminal damage, and resisting arrest.

When Yavapai County sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic violence call at 12:30 a.m. Dec. 12, the suspect's mother flagged them down, told them her son had fled and his 43-year-old girlfriend was hiding at a neighbor's home, said Dwight D'Evelyn, media and crime prevention spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

The victim told deputies that Olivier allegedly locked her and his 68-year-old mother in a room after he drank beer all day and became upset with her attitude toward him, D'Evelyn said. The victim said Olivier allegedly threatened to harm them with a sword if they tried to leave, D'Evelyn added. At one point, Olivier allegedly hit the victim with the sword and threatened to kill her and his mother.

The victim said she tried to escape twice, but wasn't able to, D'Evelyn said.

Under threat of death, the victim said she put her hand on a table and Olivier allegedly cut off a portion of her left pinky finger with a sword, D'Evelyn said.

When Olivier didn't let the victim recover her severed finger, she ran to a neighbor's home and sought help, D'Evelyn said.

Doctors could not reattach the victim's finger, D'Evelyn said.

Olivier remains in custody on a $150,000 bond, D'Evelyn said.

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