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Woman set for June 4 hearing on assault charges

Carmen Benato Gray, 24, of Prescott Valley, will appear before Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley June 4 for a hearing on felony charges including aggravated assault in connection with a fight April 26 in Prescott Valley.

During Gray's hearing on May 3 in Camp Verde, she pleaded not guilty to charges of two counts of felony aggravated assault per domestic violence, one count of felony endangerment per domestic violence, two counts of felony disorderly conduct per domestic violence, one count of felony child abuse per domestic violence, and two counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct, said Penny Cramer, administrative assistant for the Yavapai County Attorney's Office.

Gray was released from the Yavapai County Jail on April 26 on a $15,000 bond.

At 3:10 a.m. April 26, Prescott Valley police officers answered a call about a physical fight in the 7900 block of Addis Avenue and spoke with a woman who said Gray fought with her, said Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney.

When officers reached the home, the woman who said Gray had fought with her was still on the phone with dispatchers and told them Gray had walked away westbound on Addis. Officers soon found and detained Gray.

The woman told officers she woke up to find Gray standing over her with a knife, that Gray struck her several times, and it felt as if Gray had stabbed her with a knife through the blanket covering her rib cage, Bonney said.

During the incident, the woman told officers that Gray yelled that this was "life or death."

As the woman fought Gray off, she told her 7-year-old son, who was in the room when the incident started, to run and hide in the closet, which he did.

"The subject disarmed the suspect and pushed her out of the residence," Bonney said.

The boy told officers he heard Gray yelling at his mother and he was scared his mother was going to get hurt, according to the police report.

The woman was later treated for a wound at Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

Gray declined to answer officers' questions, and after hospital staff medically cleared her, officers booked Gray into the Yavapai County jail.

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