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Sun, April 21

Police arrest fugitive - and his mother

Yavapai County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Miguel Jerry Zepeda, 22, after he escaped twice from deputies last week, and also arrested his mother on charges of hindering prosecution.

On June 6, YCSO deputies arrested and handcuffed Miguel Jerry Zepeda, 22, after determining he was contributing to the delinquency of minor, littering, and had provided a false name and birth date during the interview, according to a news release.

But Zepeda escaped and was last seen getting into a silver station wagon with a woman who appeared to be about 40 years old at the Giant Gas Station in the Village of Oak Creek.

Around 3 a.m., the Camp Verde Marshall's Office found Zepeda at his mother's house in the 1800 block of Ash Lane, but Zepeda escaped again, YCSO Spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

On June 12, deputies arrested Garcia in the 6500 block of Highway 179 of the Village of Oak Creek on a felony charge of hindering prosecution. During questioning, Garcia told deputies that she picked up her still-handcuffed son at the Giant gas station following his initial escape on June 6. Garcia told deputies that Zepeda was at a home in the 3100 block of Gold Drive in Camp Verde.

When deputies went to the Gold Drive home, Zepeda answered the door, resisted arrest and fled into the home, D'Evelyn said. Zepeda ran out a rear door of the home and deputies grabbed his clothing to slow him down. Zepeda continued to resist and tried to flee, but was eventually subdued and handcuffed, D'Evelyn said.

Deputies booked Zepeda into the Yavapai County Jail on the original charges as well as theft, aggravated assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest, criminal damage, and possession of marijuana.


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