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The following was taken from the records at the Maricopa Police Department.

On July 7, a Maricopa police officer observed a U-Haul van that appeared to be illuminated. When the officer pulled into the parking lot, they observed a man who quickly ducked down and hid. Officers set up a perimeter and located Benjamin Thompson hiding in brush next to the parking lot. Officers on scene observed a fuel canister that allegedly looked like it was being used to siphon fuel. They also found a glass pipe with white residue inside. Thompson was arrested for third degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On July 5, Donald Gadson was arrested by police after a man confronted him outside of his home on Hall Court. In the police report, Gadson alleges the man struck him with his fists and a license plate inside his garage. Gadson stated he believed the man was returning to his vehicle to get a weapon, and retrieved his own before firing at the retreating vehicle, striking the same man now in the passenger seat. Gadson was arrested for aggravated assault, endangerment, disorderly conduct, criminal damage and weapons misconduct.

On July 4, officers arrived at a residence on Barbara Lane after a report of unlawful use of a means of transportation. Ruben Ceja was arrested after he allegedly took another person’s vehicle to Phoenix. He returned the vehicle to the residence and was hiding behind a next door neighbor’s home when police found him. He was arrested for unlawful use of a means of transportation.

On July 3, Maricopa police received a report from a concerned citizen of an unidentified male underneath their vehicle in the Sun Life parking lot. The following day, officers observed Daniel Danforth in a vehicle that matched the reporting party’s description. Danfoth was found to have an electric saw, a freshly cut catalytic converter and a small amount of methamphetamine in his pocket. He was arrested for burglary, attempted theft, criminal damage, possession of burglary tools, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On July 2, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Juniper Avenue. Cruz Machado was a passenger in the vehicle, and both he and the driver allegedly showed signs of drug use. Machado allegedly exited the vehicle and fled on foot, discarding his sweatshirt, cigarettes and backpack. He was caught by police and reportedly found with methamphetamine and a glass pipe. Machado was arrested for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing thoroughfare, trespassing and littering. The driver of the vehicle, Carlos Soliz, had a warrant for his arrest out of Maricopa Municipal Court. He was arrested.

On July 2, Maricopa police were dispatched to a home on Almira Drive in reference to an assault. There, they questioned Katrina Montano who told officers she drove to a home in Maricopa to confront a man. She found him and allegedly struck him several times in the face and back with a baseball bat. While at the residence, she also allegedly damaged several windows, the door and the man’s vehicle. Montano was arrested for aggravated assault and criminal damage.

On July 1, an officer observed Marie Ann Nieto as a passenger in a vehicle at the Chevron gas station. The officer recognized her and was able to find a valid warrant for forgery. The officer conducted a traffic stop and she was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail.

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Katie Sawyer covers Maricopa and the surrounding area for PinalCentral, including city, education, business, crime and more. She can be reached at ksawyer@pinalcentral.com.

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