PCSO Daniel Barney

Daniel Barney

APACHE JUNCTION – A Tuba City man is facing charges after Pinal County deputies allegedly found him inside a home that he did not live in with a stolen vehicle in the driveway.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Daniel Barney, 21, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of resisting arrest and criminal trespass.

According to court records, at 6:57 p.m. on Dec. 25, deputies arrived at a house in the 5900 block of East 35th Avenue in Apache Junction to check on a report of a stolen vehicle from Tuba City being on the property. When they arrived they found the stolen vehicle sitting in the driveway.

Deputies contacted the homeowner, who told deputies that he was on his way home and there should be no vehicles parked in the driveway. When the homeowner arrived, he told deputies he did not recognize the vehicle parked in his driveway.

The homeowner gave deputies permission to check the property, when deputies went to open the unlocked back door to the home, a man met them at the door. The man, Barney, allegedly began fighting with deputies when they announced they were going to arrest him. Deputies were eventually able to take Barney into custody.

The homeowner told deputies he did not recognize Barney and he should not be in the home. Barney allegedly claimed, as deputies led him to a patrol vehicle, that he lived in the home. A records check by deputies showed that he did not.

Barney was booked into the county jail.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.