2 suspects were booked last night, February 19, 2016. – They are 29-year-old Charles Fitzpatrick of Clarkdale and 35-year-old Virginia “Samantha” Reyes of Clarkdale. Diligent work by YCSO deputies and detectives to develop facts about this case have resulted in the following information:
The incident apparently started during a dispute with Reyes and the 36-year-old female resident on Village Drive in Cottonwood yesterday morning. A 2016 Dodge Charger had been rented by the resident from a Prescott area business and also used by Reyes. Reyes met with the resident and claimed the resident owed her money for the car based on a prior agreement. A confrontation ensued and Reyes claimed she became concerned for her safety due to threats from the resident. Reyes called Fitzpatrick for help and he arrived at the Village Drive home in a Dodge Neon sedan around 6 AM with Reyes’ 14-year-old son and another man.
As the situation escalated, Fitzpatrick decided to take the Dodge Charger from the resident and he ‘pushed’ Reyes into the car, then started to drive away. The resident attempted to prevent Fitzpatrick from leaving by striking the driver’s window with a pipe, smashing the glass. Fitzpatrick continued driving and struck a man with the vehicle standing nearby who had come outside after hearing the commotion. The man fell to the ground with a non-life threatening injury to his leg. It was at this time the resident called 911 to report that Reyes had been kidnapped and her rental car stolen. There were also indications Reyes’ 14-year-old son had been forced into the Dodge Neon before it drove away, but these allegations have been determined unfounded.
Reyes later contacted law enforcement after hearing news reports that she had been kidnapped. Detectives eventually located her at a home in the 500 block of N Broadway, Clarkdale. She denied the kidnapping allegation, but eventually admitted Fitzpatrick had ‘pushed’ her into the Dodge Charger before fleeing. Her son was also found at the Broadway home. The Dodge Neon was parked nearby.
Reyes initially claimed no knowledge as to where the Charger was located. Fitzpatrick told detectives he ‘parked’ the car near the Tuzigoot monument area. A short time later, YCSO received a report the car had been found floating in the Verde River. After the car was removed, a rock was found placed over the gas pedal in an effort to aid vehicle acceleration into the river (see attached photos)– When confronted with the evidence, Fitzpatrick admitted dumping the car in the river hoping the vehicle would not be found.
Fitzpatrick was booked on charges including Vehicle Theft, Damage to Property and Endangerment (involving the man struck by the car on Village Drive)..all felony charges. Bond has not been set.
Reyes was booked on charges including Vehicle Theft and Hindering Prosecution based on statements initially indicating she had been forced into the Charger by Fitzpatrick and denying any knowledge of her participation in the vehicle theft. Bond has not been set.
YCSO would again like to thank the media for quickly sharing the reported circumstances and the public response regarding the concern for Reyes and her son which were based on statements from the Village Drive resident and witnesses.