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Suspect in Black Canyon City allegedly threatens deputy with hammers

When a Sheriff's deputy showed up at Charles D. Blazek's home to cite him for trespassing, Blazek came after him with two ball-peen hammers, a YCSO spokesman said.

Blazek, 64, had been accused of making threats to a person at a local business on three occasions, said spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn, and when a deputy went to his home in the 34000 block of Old Black Canyon Highway on Dec. 23 at about 2 p.m, Blazek, who was outside, "told the deputy he would not accept a citation."

He went on to tell the deputy "he would hurt anyone who tried to arrest him," D'Evelyn said, and went back into the house, despite the deputy's instructions.

Pepper spray didn't work, and, D'Evelyn said, Blazek "grabbed two large ball-peen hammers." The deputy put his vehicle between them, and Blazek went back toward the house.

The deputy fired his Taser, but Blazek was able to pull out one of the barbs, D'Evelyn said.

More deputies arrived, and he was told a SWAT team was next. After about 10 minutes, he gave up, although d'Evelyn said he made "continued verbal threats" to the original deputy.

Blazek was booked into the Camp Verde jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, and threatening physical force against a law enforcement officer.

He's being held on a $20,000 bond.


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