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Man, teen arrested in connection with skate park fight involving guns, brass knuckles, machete

Jose Beltran

Jose Beltran

Prescott Valley police arrested a man and a teen in connection with a May 30 fight at the Mountain Valley skate park after investigators followed up on leads in the case, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police Department.

An officer booked a 14-year-old Prescott Valley boy into the juvenile detention center Aug. 11 on charges of threatening and intimidating to promote or further the interests of a criminal street gang, riot, kidnapping, and participating in a criminal street syndicate.

The next day, detectives took Joseph Anthony Osti, 46, of Prescott into custody. Investigators believe Osti is one of the main suspects in the incident, Bonney said. An officer booked Osti into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of kidnapping, threatening and intimidating to promote or further the interests of a criminal street gang, and riot.

In early June, Prescott Valley police arrested Jose Beltran, 18, of Prescott in connection with the incident after he fought at the park, was injured, left with another male, and threatened to return with more people, Bonney said.

Later that evening, Beltran returned to the park with several Hispanic males who reportedly surrounded numerous teenagers, held them against their will inside the fenced skate park, and threatened the teens with physical violence, Bonney said.

The victims told police Beltran pointed guns at them and made threats, and other suspects were armed with brass knuckles and a machete, Bonney said.

Beltran allegedly injured a juvenile victim when he struck him with brass knuckles, Bonney said. The victim Beltran reportedly struck was not the male he originally fought with, Bonney said.

Beltran was booked into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of aggravated assault on a juvenile under 16, aggravated assault - using a dangerous instrument, kidnapping, threats and intimidation in furtherance of a criminal street gang, and participating in a criminal syndicate.

Detectives continue to investigate this case and follow up on leads, Bonney said.

Anyone with information related to this crime is asked to call Detective E. Bills at 928-772-5143 or Yavapai County Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

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