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APACHE JUNCTION — Not only did Alex Alexander try to pass a fake $100 bill at a Walmart store, it wasn’t even a very good attempt at counterfeiting, according to an Apache Junction Police report.

Alexander, of Apache Junction, attempted to pass the phony Benjamin on March 18 at about 8:22 p.m., police said.

“He was identified by the Walmart clerk and contacted at the front of the store by AJPD officers who were already in the store on another call for service,” an AJPD probable cause statement reads. “The Walmart representative stated the suspect placed an item for purchase on the counter for $10.66. He then presented the $100 to the clerk. The $100 was determined to be fake by the clerk, to which the suspect stated he found it and thought it was real.”

While talking to police, Alexander told them this was the fifth $100 bill he had found to be fake.

“The suspect had no other means to pay for his items and he stated to me that he thought it was real, but as it was torn on the corner he did think that it might not be real,” an AJPD officer wrote in the report.

The experienced investigating officer wrote, “The $100 bill did not possess any security features, including the basic hologram or security thread. I am a certified fraudulent document recognition officer. I examined the $100 bill and determined that it also lacked any microprinting. The quality is the worst I have seen so far in my 10-year career.”

Alexander was arrested and booked at the AJPD but apparently was released. Since the incident at Walmart, a Pinal County Superior Court warrant has been issued for Alexander’s arrest for felony forgery. He was not being held in the Pinal County Adult Detention Center at that time.

Woman spits on cop while helping beau

MARICOPA — A 19-year-old woman was arrested by Maricopa Police after she spat on officers while she was interfering with another arrest.

Analise Hunt-March, of Maricopa, was arrested April 9 for obstructing a criminal investigation, resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a peace officer.

According to court records, police were called to a report of a homeowner holding a person with a known warrant at gunpoint in the 22200 block of North Celtic Avenue about 1:20 p.m.

“Upon arrival ... Maricopa Police Sgt. (Hal) Koozer went to talk with Carlo Barboa, the subject with a warrant,” a probable cause statement reads. “While attempting to speak with Carlo, Analise Hunt-March, the homeowner’s daughter and girlfriend of Carlo, refused to comply with officers and verbally and physically interfered with Sgt. Koozer’s attempt to speak with Carlo.”

Koozer eventually had to push Hunt-March away, according to the report.

She went away but soon returned to the scene in the garage.

“I grabbed Analise’s (Hunt-March) left wrist and brought it behind her back to detain her,” another officer wrote in the report.

With assistance of yet another officer, Hunt-March was placed into handcuffs.

“Analise (Hunt-March) immediately slipped the handcuffs and spat at an officer over her right shoulder. I brought Analise down to the ground and Analise continued to resist having handcuffs placed on her wrist,” the officer wrote.

For a second time she spat at officers, according to their report, but was finally secured in handcuffs and transported to jail.

She was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center on charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and obstructing a criminal investigation.

She was released after a $2,500 secured bond was posted.

Cinder block used during altercation

MARICOPA — A 35-year-old man was arrested after allegedly attacking another man in Maricopa using a cinder block.

Jared Metts, address unknown, was arrested after Maricopa Police responded to a call about an injured man shortly after midnight the morning of March 26 in the 42700 block of West Oakland Drive.

“Upon arrival, the reporting party stated two males were arguing in the backyard and one of the male subjects was hit with a brick in the leg,” a MPD officer wrote in a probable cause statement. “I observed a male subject laying on the kitchen floor with a large laceration on his lower left leg. I asked him what happened and he said, ‘Jerry hit me with a brick.’”

Maricopa’s first responders took the injured man to the Sacaton hospital for treatment.

The person reporting the crime identified Metts as the one who caused the injury and said he fled on foot before police arrived. He was wearing a white shirt and had a black backpack, according to the witness. She told police that Metts hit the victim with a cinder block and she saw it in his hands after the altercation.

At 3:18 a.m. Metts was located by police in the 42700 block of West Venture Road with no shirt and no backpack.

Police found the backpack nearby.

“Jared (Metts) told me he has been drinking and does not remember the assault taking place. Jared had scratches on his knees consistent with climbing over walls,” the officer wrote in the report.

Metts was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for aggravated assault and disorderly conduct. He remains jailed pending the posting of a $10,000 secured bond but is also wanted on charges in Coconino County and there is a $50,000 bond required for those charges.

Domestic fight leaves man with 5 charges

SAN TAN VALLEY — A domestic argument between a San Tan Valley couple turned violent and resulted in five felony charges against the husband.

Sergio Gaxiola, 40, was arrested and booked into the Pinal County jail after a confrontation with his wife at 9:30 p.m. March 28.

“The incident turned physical after the topic of divorce was mentioned,” a Pinal County sheriff’s deputy wrote in a probable cause statement. At one point in the argument Sergio rushed towards her stating, ‘It’s go time. Let’s do it. If we’re going to end it, let’s end it big.’”

It quickly escalated, according to court documents.

“Sergio proceeded to wrap both of his hands around her throat and slammed her down onto the floor causing her to land on her back,” the deputy wrote. “Sergio then positioned himself on top of her and with both of his hands still wrapped around her neck, Sergio began to squeeze and apply pressure impeding her ability to breathe in the process.”

Gaxiola allegedly destroyed his wife’s cellphone during the fight.

He eventually let her go and she was able to get up off the floor. She ran into a bedroom but he followed, again grabbing her and tossing her on the floor, court records state.

In the process, she struck her head on the side of the bed frame.

Again, court records state Gaxiola started choking her.

“This time she confirmed she momentarily lost consciousness due to Sergio strangling her. Upon regaining consciousness, she remembers shaking, being in pain and momentarily confused,” the deputy wrote.

Court records indicate he again picked her up and threw here into a closet door. He closed the door, trapping her in the closet. She was yelling for help and attempting to force the door open and escape, according to court records.

Eventually she got the door open and went past him, running through the house and exiting through the front door, taking only her purse that she found on the way out.

She walked down the street and eventually found a neighbor outside and asked them to call 911. She remained at their house until PCSO deputies arrived.

Gaxiola was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, unlawful imprisonment, assault and criminal damage.

Gaxiola remains in the Pinal County Adult Detention Center with $6,000 secured bond set.

Screaming woman, nude, taken to jail

SAN TAN VALLEY — Something was out of the ordinary on the afternoon of March 16 in San Tan Valley.

About 3:10 p.m. Pinal County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call that a naked woman was yelling and screaming in front of her residence on East Denim Trail.

“Amy L. Huffman was arrested after disturbing the peace of the neighborhood by yelling and screaming in front of her residence, breaking the window of her truck in the front of the residence, jumping out of the second-story window, naked, and running down the street in front of neighbors and a child,” a deputy wrote in the probable cause statement.

Huffman, 42, was not about to go to jail peacefully, according to court records.

“Amy (Huffman) then resisted by fighting and lunging with her body and assaulted an officer by kicking him twice, once in the thigh and the second in the gun belt at the abdomen, causing the (stun gun) that was mounted there to violently push into the thigh joint,” the probable cause statement reads.

After deputies got her cuffed and placed into a patrol vehicle, it wasn’t over.

“Amy (Huffman) then kicked and screamed and pounded her head on the cage of the patrol vehicle after slipping out of her seat belt. Amy was uncooperative with detention staff throughout the booking process,” the deputy wrote.

She was charged with aggravated assault upon a peace officer, resisting arrest and two counts of disorderly conduct. She was also initially charged with indecent exposure when first taken to jail.

She was freed from the county jail after posting a $500 secured bond.

Husband jailed after tussle involving sonSUPERIOR — A woman in Superior was held captive by the father of her 4-year-old son during a custody dispute, police said.

According to court records, Abriel Granillo, 26, of Superior assaulted and kidnapped the woman on April 8.

“During an argument over visitation of their child, Granillo pulled the victim back inside his residence as she was trying to leave. Granillo then grabbed her face and pushed her backwards into the living room sofa,” a Superior Police Department probable cause statement reads.

After making verbal threats if she contacted police, Granillo left the apartment and got a gun out of his vehicle and “chambered a round as he re-entered the residence.”

After more arguing ensued, Granillo allegedly grabbed the woman by her hair “and threw her to the ground and delivered approximately 10 punches to the left side of her head,” according to court records.

The woman again tried to leave with her son but Granillo blocked the doorway.

The child got outside and was crying.

The victim was able to calm Granillo down by signing a visitation agreement concerning their son. She also promised him she would not call the police.

“Once an opportunity presented itself, she drove away from the residence with her son and contacted police. Granillo in turn fled the scene prior to police arrival,” the probable cause statement reads.

The woman told police she feared for her life and believed Granillo would shoot both her and their son.

Granillo was arrested two days later while driving on State Route 79 and booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center. He is charged with kidnapping, aggravated domestic violence and threats.

He is held on a $50,000 secured bond.

Not exiting McDonald’s leaves man stunned

ELOY — A 34-year-old Phoenix man was charged with seven felony counts for fighting with police after refusing to leave a McDonald’s restaurant.

On March 21, Gabriel Coury refused to leave the dining room of the restaurant in Eloy after being asked twice by staff.

“He refused and proceeded to scare the employee through his threatening posture,” an Eloy Police probable cause statement reads. “Gabriel (Coury) was taken into custody and refused to get in the patrol vehicle and used physical force to overpower officers to escape. During the struggle Gabriel pinned (an officer) in the patrol unit door and hooked his leg around (the officer’s) thigh,” and then a stun gun was applied to Coury.

Coury was taken to a hospital after being manhandled with the stun gun and then to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center. Police estimated he caused about $3,000 damage to the patrol vehicle and damaged a set of handcuffs and a security screen.

“Coury displayed the broken handcuff and door panel in a threatening manner when an officer attempted to re-restrain him, which indicated an effort of escape was going to be made,” an officer wrote.

When being checked into the county jail, Coury was denied entry after a small package was detected in his abdomen during an X-ray. The substance was a small container of heroin and methamphetamine that Coury admitted to swallowing.

He was taken to the Florence hospital.

“Due to lack of resources, Gabriel was released from custody at the Florence hospital, where he almost immediately denied medical treatment and left the hospital,” the probable cause statement reads.

Almost a week later, Coury was detained by Coolidge Police at 5 a.m. March 27 turned over to the Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission, which assisted with the Eloy PD investigation.

Coury was finally booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center on seven felonies including aggravated assault on a police officer, second-degree escape, criminal damage, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and threats. He was also wanted for several outstanding warrants.

He remains in the county jail on a $5,200 secured bond.

Jail inmate charged with groping female inmate

FLORENCE — A male inmate at the Pinal County jail has plead guilty to groping a female inmate.

Christopher Williams, 29, of Casa Grande, was arrested March 15 for inappropriately touching a female inmate at the Pinal County Adult Detention Center. He was accused of fondling the breasts and buttocks of a female inmate while he was also an inmate.

The female inmate was asleep in the intake area of the jail when the offense occurred, according to court records.

Charged with sexual assault, Williams was held pending the posting of a $25,000 secured bond but he reached a plea arrangement with prosecutors just nine days after the offense had occurred.

On March 24, Williams pleaded guilty to attempting to commit sexual abuse, a Class 6 felony. The crime carries a presumptive sentence of a year in prison with a sentencing range of one-third of a year to two years in prison. He may also have to register as a sex offender when sentenced.

Williams is scheduled to be sentenced for the attempted sexual assault on Tuesday.


Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.