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Man arrested after allegedly threatening to chop off woman's head

Michael Leon Bell

Michael Leon Bell

Prescott police booked Michael Leon Bell, 58, into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on Friday on charges of threatening or intimidating to cause physical injury, and assault - causing fear of physical injury after he called police and said he was going to chop off the head of a woman who owed him money.

At 8:30 a.m., Bell called police dispatchers and said he was going to chop off the head of a woman who owed him money, according to the police report.

Soon after, dispatchers received a call from a woman who said she was locked inside a home in the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue, and that Bell had been violent with her before, according to the police report.

When an officer spoke with Bell, he yelled the woman owed him $2,000, that a weapon was in his car, and that if the officer didn't put her in jail he was going to kill her, according to the police report.

The officer placed Bell in handcuffs and later removed an 18-inch knife from his car.

The woman told another officer that she believed Bell thought she owed him money from when she had lived with him, in addition to $100 she borrowed from him earlier this month, according to the police report.

The woman told the officer Bell had texted her the day before that he was going to pay someone to hurt her, then texted her that day that he was calling police to tell them he was going to chop her head off, according to the police report.

The woman told police when Bell came to the door he said nothing, just pounded on the door, and she saw him holding a black case about 18 inches long, according to the police report.

Another resident told the officer he saw another man with Bell, but Bell told the officers he was alone, according to the police report.

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