Originally Published: August 28, 2018 6:51 p.m.
Just after 2 a.m Tuesday morning, Aug. 28, deputies with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) were assigned to investigate an anonymous tip regarding the apparent abuse of a calf at an unknown location.
Deputies reviewed a video that was being shared on different social media sites and saw two men abusing a calf and discharging a firearm near its head, according to a YCSO news release. The suspects were eventually identified as 23-year-old Kyle Abrigo and 19-year-old Nathan Chambliss. Both are Cottonwood residents.
In the video, Abrigo is first seen shaking the calf and grabbing its ears. He then kicks the calf two or three times, with one kick being a downward stomp toward the calf’s head. He then pulls out a black hand gun, places it next to the calf’s head and discharges a round into the ground near the calf, causing the calf to flinch.
Chambliss is then shown in the video using his hands to swing the calf around. He then hits it a few times in the face before grabbing the calf and slamming it on the ground. He then held the calf in a ‘choke hold,’ pulled a firearm from his hip and pointed the firearm near the calf’s face before discharging a round. Both suspects appear to be laughing throughout the incident.
“Both took turns videotaping the other during the acts of abuse,” YCSO spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn said.
Deputies noted the name Nathan Chambliss at the top portion of the video and learned Abrigo was the second suspect. During a records check, deputies found an address for Abrigo in Cottonwood. A family member summoned him to the house and he was arrested. He was shown the video and admitted participating, deputies reported.
After checking multiple addresses in the Verde Valley, Chambliss was found at a location in Cottonwood and also arrested.
Both suspects admitted drinking during the incident, which occurred on the Perkinsville Ranch area near Mingus Mountain, D’Evelyn said. The calf was later located essentially uninjured and its owner notified.
Abrigo and Chambliss were booked into the Yavapai County jail on charges including two counts of cruelty to animals – one a misdemeanor and one a felony; disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon (felony); and in the case of Chambliss, minor consumption of alcohol (misdemeanor). Both have $1,000 bonds and are pending release.