The Daily Courier Logo
Trusted local news leader for Prescott area communities since 1882
8:18 PM Mon, Nov. 12th

Sex offender arrested for assaulting YCSO deputies, escaping

Mark Sims (YCSO)

Mark Sims (YCSO)

Registered sex offender and probationer Mark Sims was arrested Friday, March 30, after assaulting deputies and attempting to escape, according to a news release from YCSO spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn.

A 62-year-old from Glendale, Sims was arrested around 10:30 p.m. for charges including resisting arrest, two counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement, escape and failure to register as a sex offender. He had previously been convicted of child molestation.

Prior to the arrest, a deputy observed a traffic violation on Willow Lake Road and Highway 89 in Prescott and checked the license plate on Sims’ blue 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe, which revealed he had full extradition probation warrants from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the release stated. The deputy positioned himself behind the vehicle which made several abrupt lane changes without signaling and began speeding.

“The vehicle drove onto the Yavpe Connector and slowed, but failed to immediately yield and travelled an additional half mile before stopping,” the release stated. “The driver, later identified as suspect Sims, quickly exited the vehicle ignoring lawful directions from the deputy to remain inside.”

The release stated Sims was visibly agitated, yelling he “was not going back to jail,” ignored commands while pacing back and forth as an assisting deputy arrived and failed to show his hands as directed when it appeared he was concealing something in his hand.

The assisting deputy readied his Taser weapon and Sims ran towards an adjacent field where the assisting deputy caught him and forced him to the ground. Sims continued to resist and both deputies were able to overpower and handcuff him and a knife was recovered at the scene of the struggle.

Sims attempted to escape again when being placed in the patrol car after the deputy loosened his grip. Sims was caught and held after a brief struggle in the middle of the roadway, was returned to a patrol vehicle and continued resisting until forced inside and secured.

He was treated briefly at the local hospital before being booked into the Yavapai County Jail on the aforementioned charges.