MARICOPA (AP) — A Maricopa County sheriff's deputy has been arrested in Pinal County and accused of threatening and harassing two Tempe city employees, authorities said.
Deputy Salvador Cuevas was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center after being arrested Thursday at a home in the city of Maricopa by Tempe police and the U.S. Marshals Service on suspicion of domestic violence and stalking charges, officials said.
Tempe officials said in a statement that an investigation began after a city employee reported receiving violent threats by Cuevas.
Cuevas works on a Marshals Service task force, is estranged from his wife and she works for the Tempe Police Department, azfamly.com reported.
Online court records didn’t list an attorney for Cuevas who could comment on the allegations on his behalf.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that it “would provide all necessary support to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation with respect for due process."
U.S. Marshal David Gonzales said deputy marshals and a SWAT team were used in the arrest because of the violent nature of the alleged threats and because Cuevas may have been heavily armed.
He was taken into custody without incident.