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Men arrested after allegedly beating, kicking 15-year-old girl at Granite Creek Park



A 15-year-old is girl recovering from a head injury after an incident Tuesday in a wooded area of Granite Creek Park.

Several witnesses told Prescott police that a woman fought with the girl, the girl fell to the ground, and that at least two men kicked the girl and stomped on her head, according to a police report.

Officers arrested two men that day and one woman on Wednesday in connection with the incident and booked them into the Yavapai County Jail, said Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley.

Michael I. Rose, 31, a transient, and Randall Bochat, 39, of Prescott were booked into the county jail on felony charges of aggravated assault and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct.

The woman was charged with misdemeanor assault, but was taken to jail on a probation violation, Morley said. The female suspect's name and booking photo are not included in this story per Courier policy not to identify people who are charged with misdemeanors.

At 7:38 p.m. Tuesday, an officer stopped at the light at Montezuma and Sheldon streets heard a girl screaming and saw her bleeding from the nose in a parking lot near a wooded area in the 300 block of North Montezuma Street.

The officer spoke with several witnesses who said they were hanging out in the wooded area just north of the parking lot playing a game when the victim spoke to Rose, which appeared to make the woman upset, according to the police report.

"They were all together playing a game, punching each other in the arm, when the victim, according to the female suspect, started paying too much attention to the female suspect's boyfriend," Morley said. "She thought the girl was flirting with him and admitted to fighting with her."

Witnesses told officers they saw the woman knock the girl to the ground and that Rose and Bochat kicked the girl and stomped on her head, according to the police report.

The officer told Rose, who was walking in the parking lot, to sit down, and reportedly took Bochat to the ground when he tried to run away.

Prescott firefighters and Life Line Ambulance paramedics examined the abrasions on the girl's face and upper body and the bruising across her forehead that appeared to be treadmarks from the sole of a shoe. Officers took photos of the girl's injuries, Rose, and his boots.

"The girl's parents were called and took her to YRMC to get treatment for her injuries," Morley said.

"For a 15-year-old child to be hurt and attacked like that, it's just not safe for anyone to be walking through that area," said the girl's mother, who noted she was born and raised here. "Our community needs to come together for our parks. Anybody should be safe at our parks. It could have been anyone's child."

"The more the park gets used when it warms up, the more calls we get, and we step up patrols down there," Morley said.

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