PCSO Jess Jimenez

Jess Jimenez

SUPERIOR — A transient man is facing charges after he allegedly threatened a grocery store owner with physical harm and yelled at store employees.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Jess A. Jimenez, 64, is charged with resisting arrest, threatening and disorderly conduct.

Officers reportedly believe that Jimenez may have mental health and substance abuse problems.

Superior Police officers responded to a call of a disturbance around 1 p.m. on June 22 at a store in the 400 block of West Main Street in Superior.

Employees told officers that Jimenez had allegedly entered the store and threatened to beat up the store owner and yelled at employees. He then allegedly ran around the store yelling at employees, entered the meat market area of the store and a walk-in freezer before leaving the store.

The store owner told officers that he allegedly saw a knife in the front pocket of Jimenez’s jeans.

When officers contacted Jimenez, he allegedly refused to sit on the sidewalk for them. When officers moved to engage with him, he allegedly balled up his hands into fists and took a “fighting stance.”

Officers took Jimenez to the ground and restrained him with handcuffs. After being notified of his Miranda rights, Jimenez told officers where they could find the knife. Officers found a silver-handled kitchen knife with a 5.5-inch blade.

Officers noted that Jimenez allegedly smelled of alcohol, although he denied drinking that day. Officers also raised concerns that Jimenez has allegedly made frequent claims of being persecuted by unknown individuals, become more aggressive toward residents and shown an increased willingness to engage with law enforcement officers.

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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.