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PV police arrest suspect in restaurant robbery attempt

Jose Calderon

Jose Calderon

Prescott Valley Police have arrested a man on robbery charges in connection with the Nov. 10 attempted robbery at the Casa Bonita restaurant in Prescott Valley.

"An individual provided information to detectives and PANT (Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking) that was very useful and led to the suspects," said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, public information officer and crisis negotiations supervisor for the Prescott Valley Police.

Police detectives and PANT learned that two Prescott Valley men reportedly had participated in the crime or knew something about it, Bonney said.

Casa Bonita employees told police a man entered the restaurant from the kitchen area around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, brandished a shotgun and demanded money. The employees did not give him any money. Instead, one employee told another to call 911 and the suspect fled on foot.

During their investigation, detectives from both Prescott Valley Police and PANT learned that Jose Calderon, 31, allegedly committed the attempted robbery at Casa Bonita, Bonney said. Officers also found him in possession of methamphetamines and heroin, Bonney said.

Detectives identified Jaime Calderon, 18, as having a shotgun like the one used in the robbery, Bonney said. Jaime Calderon is a prohibited possessor, Bonney said.

Despite the same last name, Jose Calderon and Jaime Calderon are not related, Bonney said.

Prescott Valley Police and PANT detectives booked Jose Calderon into the Camp Verde jail on charges of four counts of armed robbery, four counts of aggravated assault, one count of misconduct involving weapons (prohibited possessor), possession of dangerous drugs, and possession of a narcotic drug.

Police and PANT booked Jaime Calderon into the Camp Verde jail on charges of one count of misconduct involving weapons (prohibited possessor).


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