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Wed, April 24

Man hospitalized after being stabbed during fight at party; several face variety of charges

Prescott Valley police arrested several people after a fight broke out at a large party and one man allegedly stabbed a Prescott Valley man who was later taken to the hospital for his injuries.

At 12:27 a.m., Prescott Valley police responded to the 5500 block of Pawnee to answer a noise disturbance call that was upgraded to a possible stabbing while the officers were on the way.

When officers arrived, they found a 20-year-old man in a vehicle bleeding from stab wounds who immediately was taken to the hospital for treatment, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police Department.

Officers learned a disagreement developed at a party and that some people were asked to leave, but returned a short time later leading to a large fight in which the man was reportedly stabbed several times, Bonney said.

Witness statements led officers to arrest Ernest Camp, 40, of Prescott Valley, in connection with the stabbing, Bonney said. Camp denied any involvement in the stabbing.

Officers found a knife at the scene and seized it as evidence, Bonney said.

An officer booked Camp into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of aggravated assault, assault, disorderly conduct and a liquor violation relating to the party at his residence with underage drinking.

Officers also booked Patrick Begley, 20, into the county jail on charges of aggravated assault, assault, disorderly conduct and underage consumption.

The aggravated assault charge stemmed from allegations Begley was armed with brass knuckles during the fight, Bonney said.

A 17-year-old girl was referred to juvenile detention on charges of underage consumption of alcohol, and another 17-year-old girl was referred to juvenile detention for an assault charge, Bonney said.

Four other adults were arrested and jailed for charges including a warrant arrest, assault and disorderly conduct, Bonney said.

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