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Man charged for alleged threats with meat cleaver

Jason Thrift

Jason Thrift

Prescott Valley police arrested a Cottonwood man on Monday after he allegedly threatened employees in a local supermarket.

At 3:42 p.m., police were called to a supermarket in the 3100 block of Glassford Hill Road regarding a man running around the parking lot threatening people with a meat cleaver.

When police arrived at the scene they learned that the suspect, Jason R. Thrift, 34 of Cottonwood, had fled the area.

Responding officers were able to locate the vehicle and stopped Thrift near Florentine and Windsong, Sgt. Brandon Bonney said in the release.

Upon interviewing witnesses, police learned that Thrift had threatened numerous store employees.

Thrift was demanding that store employees turn over his 18-month-old child and wife or he would kill them. Thrift claimed that employees were keeping his family in an open area above the dairy section, Bonney wrote.

According to the release, Thrift made incriminating statements during an interview with officers.

Police transported Thrift to the Yavapai County jail. He was booked on suspicion of three counts of aggravated assault; three counts of disorderly conduct; three counts of threatening and intimidating; and one count of shoplifting.