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Man arrested after allegedly forcing his way into woman's home and assaulting her

David Maciel

David Maciel

Prescott police arrested a man Tuesday evening on charges including aggravated assault and kidnapping after he forced his way into a woman's home, hit her in the neck, and knocked her to the ground.

An officer booked David Maciel, 47, of Prescott Valley into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, criminal trespassing, burglary, and criminal damage.

At 5:15 p.m., officers answered a call about a possible sexual assault that had just occurred in the 500 block of 1st Street and learned from dispatch the woman had fled to another apartment.

The woman told officers she was in the shower when she was startled to hear someone pounding on her door, so she grabbed a towel and opened the door slightly to see who was there, according to the police report.

The woman told police a man at the door, later identified as Maciel, forced his way into her home, hit her in the neck, then threw her to the ground where her towel fell off, and the man started to unzip his pants, according to the police report.

The woman told the officer she was afraid Maciel, whom she did not know, was going to rape her, so she grabbed the towel and ran to a neighbor's apartment and had them call police, according to the police report.

"It appears that Maciel had come to the wrong residence. There's a possibility that he believed it was the residence of someone else that he did in fact know," said Lt. Tim Fletcher, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department. "So there was no relation between Maciel and the victim in this case. He was unknown to her, and basically he had come into the wrong place."

While officers spoke with the woman, they heard loud smashing and pounding sounds through the walls, and officers learned that Maciel was still inside her home, according to the police report. Maciel remained in the residence and allegedly committed criminal damage, destroying numerous items, Fletcher said.

As Maciel left the woman's home, he repeatedly ignored officers' commands to get on the ground, so two officers took him to the ground and arrested him, according to the police report.

When officers went inside the woman's home, they found kitchen appliances, food, clothing, and many other items thrown on the floor and the home in disarray, according to the police report.

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