On June 3, 2017, just after 5 PM, deputies were dispatched to a home on Tara Avenue, Prescott, regarding a domestic violence assault in progress. The investigation resulted in the arrest of 34-year-old Zachary Neal Vasquez on charges including Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, Disorderly Conduct, Endangerment and Preventing use of a Phone during an Emergency. He remains in-custody on a $25,000 bond. Vasquez is on active parole.
Due to the violent nature of this assault and blood evidence found in the home, YCSO detectives were called in to handle the investigation. The original call came from a neighbor who allowed the victim to hide in her home after she escaped. Shortly after the initial call, deputies learned Vasquez was trying to force his way into the neighbor’s home and they arrived in time to detain him before he could do so.
Detectives discovered that Vasquez had repeatedly beat his wife for several hours and refused to let her leave the home during that time. The assault included choking the victim. He also smashed her cell phone to prevent a call for help. Vasquez eventually forced her to shower and clean up the blood spatter in the house. This incident occurred in the presence of a 2-year-old child.
During the on scene investigation, deputies saw blood on the suspect’s shirt as he was detained, along with blood spatter throughout the home. Detectives obtained a search warrant and gathered evidence regarding the assault. The suspect denied assaulting his wife. The victim was treated at YRMC for her injuries including facial and neck wounds.
On June 3, 2017, at approximately 10:15 PM, deputies responded the report of a 33-year-old female assault victim seeking assistance in the Mountain Club HOA, Prescott. She was wearing a blood soaked shirt and bleeding from a head wound. Her vehicle was located nearby where the assault occurred. While being treated, she provided a general suspect description and mentioned she initially met the suspect in a Prescott area bar earlier. Deputies followed-up with her at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott where they confirmed her identity and learned she had previously filed an assault case involving this current suspect. While deputies checked for the suspect at the Prescott area bar, the prior assault report was found and identified him as 32-year-old Brian Bannon from Prescott. He was not located during a check of the bar. Deputies did discover evidence the suspect had purchased beer near the Mountain Club property and began contacting area merchants. A bulletin was sent to local police agencies seeking Bannon’s arrest. A clerk nearby recalled seeing the victim and suspect together earlier and confirmed the suspect’s identity based on a unique tattoo the deputies had previously discovered.
In the meantime, the victim was airlifted from YRMC to a Phoenix area hospital with an apparent skull fracture and multiple broken ribs. Phoenix Police Officers provided great assistance to YCSO by collecting evidence at the hospital and relaying valuable information.
A short time later, Prescott Police Officers located Bannon near the bar and detained him after a brief foot chase. Bannon admitted to some involvement in the assault while blaming another female, possibly his current girlfriend, for instigating the assault after realizing Bannon was seeing the victim. Although detectives have some leads, they would like to locate this woman for questioning about the incident. Bannon has not cooperated with this information.
Bannon was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Aggravated Assault and Endangerment. Bannon is on probation and remains in-custody on a $25,000 bond.
If anyone has information about this incident or the female connected to Bannon, you are urged to contact detectives at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Refer to case no. 17-019658.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov