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Man runs from deputy’s traffic stop; wanted on warrant

Robert Warix, William Lee Gibbs

Robert Warix, William Lee Gibbs

COTTONWOOD – A man who led a Yavapai County sheriff’s deputy on a pursuit, then jumped out of the moving car and escaped, on June 9, is wanted on a parole violation, according to YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn.

The deputy spotted a 2003 Jaguar sedan on Western Drive and tried to stop the car for an equipment violation, D’Evelyn said, but the driver, Robert Warix, 48, of Glendale, drove away, speeding through a neighborhood.

“At one point, the deputy cancelled the pursuit action due to the driver’s dangerous maneuvers on residential roadways,” D’Evelyn said. “Following at a safe distance, the deputy saw the suspect vehicle turn north onto Yuma Circle, a cul-de-sac, and with the vehicle still moving, Warix jumped from the driver’s seat and fled.”

The passenger, William Gibbs, 47, of Flagstaff, applied the brakes and stopped the car. The deputy took him into custody.

When deputies searched the car, they found syringes, usable amounts of heroin in two separate locations, and a Colt replica pellet handgun.

Gibbs told deputies that he’d met Warix a few years earlier in prison, and that Warix had told him during the pursuit that he had outstanding warrants and didn’t want to get stopped.

Deputies who searched for Warix found his wallet in a drainage ditch.

Warix’s warrant is a no-bond, extraditable warrant. He racked up several new charges for this incident, including felony flight from law enforcement, resisting arrest, endangerment, and possession of a controlled substance.

Warix is a white man, 6-foot-2, with brown hair, hazel eyes, and he weighs 200 pounds. He has a neck tattoo, and goes by the street name, “Ugly.”

Anyone who has information on where he can be found can call the YCSO at 928-771-3260 or make an anonymous call to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

Gibbs was booked at the Camp Verde jail on a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia. He’s being held on a $2,500 bond.

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