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

On Jan. 8, a woman reported to police that Matthew Dion had contacted her via text message while she had an active order of protection against Dion. Dion had contacted her seven times in a group chat discussing fantasy football. Police made contact with Dion and he explained the messages were sent to each individual in the group separately, but he admitted to knowing she would receive the messages. He was arrested for aggravated harassment.

On Jan. 5, Police found Ricardo Rodriguez inside a home on Sagebrush Trail. Rodriguez was ordered by the court not to return to this residence as it was the scene of a previous crime on Jan. 1. He was the only one inside the home at that time, and stated he thought it was okay as no one was home. Police confirmed that it was his signature on the court documents acknowledging that he would not return to the home regardless of circumstances, and arrested him for violation of a court order.

On Jan. 2, Richard Wactler entered a Check into Cash title loan shop and threatened the store clerk. The clerk wrote in his statement that Wactler had asked the clerk if he knew what a gun was. The clerk asked if that was a threat, to which Wactler allegedly said it was real. The clerk confirmed he would like to prosecute in this matter.

In a statement to police, Wactler claimed he had told the clerk if someone tried to take his truck, he would shoot them. He also told police he informed the clerk he would break the store window. Wactler said he will shoot whoever stole the money out of his bank account. He said he would shoot them, not kill them. He was arrested for threatening and intimidating, as well as disorderly conduct.

On Jan. 1, officers made contact with Rene Amador Arambula at Farrell Road and John Wayne Parkway as his vehicle had a flat on the side of the road. They conducted a check for warrants and found that he had a warrant out of Pinal County. He was arrested for the warrant.

On Dec. 28, police responded to a call regarding a domestic disturbance on Rainbow Drive. Dion Bernal and another woman were found at the scene, and police were told that Bernal had allegedly assaulted the woman by grabbing her arms and throwing her onto a bed. Bernal then allegedly punched a hole in a door inside the residence. The incident revolved around an employment check he had received. Bernal was arrested for assault, criminal damage and disorderly conduct.

On Dec. 27 Maricopa police made contact with Christopher White who was walking home from work at the intersection of Honeycutt Road and Pershing Street. Police recognized him from a previous interaction and obtained ID. The officer gave him a verbal warning for jaywalking and returned to his patrol car. He conducted a warrant check and found White to have a warrant from Pinal County for possession of dangerous drugs and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was contacted at his residence and placed under arrest.

On Dec. 27, Maricopa police made a stop on a pedestrian and requested ID. Jonathan Higareda provided ID and was found to have a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested for a warrant out of Gilbert City Court.


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