Updated as of Friday, December 14, 2018 1:03 PM
A Cordes Lakes man faces a long list of charges after allegedly firing a weapon in a neighborhood, running from police and then trying to escape again while already detained, according to authorities.
The incident began at around 3 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. Deputies with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) were dispatched to a home in the 15000 block of South Rolling Ridge based on a report that Joshua Mountain, 33, had just fired a round off in front of the house, according to a YCSO news release. Mountain was reportedly having some type of dispute with a resident at the home.
When deputies arrived, Mountain was nowhere to be found. They eventually learned he may be hiding in a home a few blocks away on Rodeo Drive. The owner of that home admitted Mountain was inside and allowed deputies to enter, YCSO reported.
Once inside, deputies saw Mountain run to a back bedroom and heard him say he had a hostage and would shoot it out if they tried to arrest him, YCSO reported. Several people were in the home’s living room at the time. Mountain then began yelling obscenities at deputies, according to the news release.
While attempting to talk with Mountain, the deputies learned a woman was in the bedroom with him. A patrol supervisor convinced him to let her go and she was able to walk to safety, YCSO reported. She confirmed Mountain had a firearm and claimed she was not being held hostage.
After 30 minutes of ongoing negotiations, Mountain agreed to surrender and was taken into custody. A search warrant was served at the Rodeo Drive home. The firearm was not located at the time, but several 9mm rounds were found, YCSO reported. A 9mm shell casing and live round matching these rounds were also found near the home on South Rolling Ridge.
The incident didn’t end there, however. While handcuffed in the back of a Sheriff’s vehicle, Mountain was able to move the handcuffs to the front of his body. A deputy removed Mountain from the vehicle intending to correct the handcuff position. The deputy knew Mountain was an escape risk based on prior behavior, so he specifically warned Mountain to cooperate. Nonetheless, as soon as Mountain’s right hand was un-cuffed, he attempted to run and resist. The deputy caught him, forced him to the ground and re-cuffed him, YCSO reported. Mountain was treated by medical personnel and then transported to the Yavapai County jail and remains in custody on a $100,000 bond.
He faces charges including trespassing in the first degree, threatening or intimidating in retaliation for a victim reporting a crime, obstructing a criminal investigation, criminal damage, disorderly conduct with a firearm, kidnapping to interfere with the performance of a government function, obstructing governmental operations, possessing a firearm as a prohibited possessor, resisting arrest and attempted escape in the second degree.
Deputies are seeking anyone with information regarding additional criminal activity involving Mountain. Those with such knowledge are encouraged to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.