Cottonwood man, 49, charged with attempted murder after allegedly attacking 2 women
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, March 10, arrested a 49-year-old man on five counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct after he attacked two women in the 1700 block of South Carpenter Lane near Cottonwood.
The suspect, John Scrivner, was booked into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde on $150,000 bond. Deputies said they were uncertain of a motive.
The YCSO reported that on the evening of March 10, Scrivner choked his 59-year-old girlfriend in his front yard/driveway and told her that he was going to kill her. The victim, who had been punched in the face and dragged around by her hair, eventually ran to a neighbor’s house to call for help.
At that point, the YCSO adds, a neighbor across the street heard the commotion and attempted to call 911 as she walked up a driveway next door. Scrivner, according to a news release, attacked her from behind with a metal breaker bar, dragging her up the driveway and picking her up with the bar around her chest.
Deputies added that the second victim later told them that Scrivner continually tried to put the bar across her neck, but that she kept him from doing so as she struggled to break free. Like the suspect’s girlfriend, the neighbor told deputies that she thought she was going to die.
The first deputy to arrive on the scene, around 6:30 p.m. March 10, confronted Scrivner while he had held the bar across the neighbor’s chest. After Scrivner ignored the deputy’s request to release her, it took two deputies to wrest Scrivner from the victim.
The YCSO says one of the deputies suffered minor injuries in the altercation. They added that in an ambulance and later at the hospital, Scrivner fought with medical personnel and spit on them on several occasions. He was not brought under control until a spit mask was placed over his mouth, the YCSO stated.
During Scrivner’s attack on the neighbor, the victim told deputies that her 10-year-old son came out of their house to check on his mom and started throwing rocks at Scrivner to try and stop him.