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SAN TAN VALLEY — A 58-year-old San Tan Valley man was arrested by Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies after he allegedly destroyed a neighbor’s belongings, attacked officers and used racial slurs at them.

The man, Danielle Scott, was apparently very intoxicated Sunday afternoon, according to court records.

Court records state that Scott confronted a neighbor in San Tan Valley while she was exiting her vehicle.

The woman attempted to avoid talking to Scott as she believed he was intoxicated and attempted to go into her house.

“Danielle (Scott) proceeded to follow his neighbor to her front door. As the neighbor attempted to open the front door, Danielle took hold of the door, pulling it shut several times as his neighbor attempted to enter,” a PCSO probable cause statement reads.

When Scott prevented the woman from entering her house, this caused other people inside the house to exit.

“Danielle began to grab his neighbor, pulling her to the ground. With the assistance of others, Danielle’s neighbor was freed from his grasp.

“Danielle proceeded to kick and push a water fountain, lawn chair and lawn decorations down, breaking several items in his neighbor’s front yard,” court records state.

As sheriff’s deputies arrived, Scott was belligerent and smelled of alcohol, according to the officers. Scott used racial slurs at the deputies in a “combative manner.”

Fire Department personnel arrived and tried to examine him and he became more combative, according to court records.

During the next few minutes deputies attempted to control Scott and he ended up raising “his arms above his head a clinched fist, thrusting it downward towards deputy’s face in an attempt to strike them,” police reports state.

Scott was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and he remains in the Pinal County Adult Detention Center pending the posting of a $2,500 secured bond.

He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Superior Court.

Man charged with driving stolen tractor

SAN TAN VALLEY — Cisco Rodriguez was arrested by the Arizona Department of Public Safety Jan. 14 for running a “chop shop.”

Rodriguez, 42, of San Tan Valley was observed by DPS troopers driving a stolen tractor off his property at 10439 E. Bella Lane at 10:40 a.m.

When contacted by a DPS trooper, Rodriguez attempted to walk away but was apprehended.

“The tractor was stolen out of the town of Queen Creek and a vehicle theft report had been completed by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 13 (the previous day),” a DPS probable cause statement reads. “After Cisco (Rodriguez) was taken into custody, an inspection of the tractor indicated that the tractor’s equipment serial number had been removed along with the owner’s company logos. The tractor had also been partially repainted in an apparent effort to disguise it.”

The stolen tractor is valued at more than $25,000, according to court records.

Rodriguez, who is a convicted felon, was also charged with three weapons violations.

He is a person prohibited from possessing weapons and was allegedly in the possession of a shotgun, a rifle and a handgun when arrested.

The other two charges against him include owning or operating a chop shop and theft of the backhoe, both Class 2 felonies.

He was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center Jan. 15 and was released on his own recognizance.

He was scheduled to make his first appearance in Pinal County Superior Court on Friday.

Man caught with variety of drugs in jail

FLORENCE — Alexander Pestka was caught with marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin inside the Pinal County Adult Detention Center, authorities said.

According to a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office probable cause statement, at 3 a.m. Tuesday detention staff found 4.1 grams of marijuana, 0.7 grams of meth 1.3 grams of heroin and five syringes in Pestka’s crotch area during a search in the change-out room.

Pestka, 29, of Mesa was charged with promoting prison contraband, two counts of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He remains in the county jail with a $5,000 secured bond in association with the new charges.

He was also charged with a probation violation, which carries a $2,500 secured bond. His reason for being there was unclear.

He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Pinal Superior Court for a preliminary hearing.


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