Today: Apr 01 , 2020
Dwight DEvelyn, YCSO Media Relations Coordinator

Dwight DEvelyn, YCSO Media Relations Coordinator

Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO Media Coordinator
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Deputy Involved Shooting in Ash Fork – Suspect Deceased

A suspect has died as a result of a fatal shot from a Yavapai County Sheriff's Officer. 

YCSO Finds Missing 3-Year-Old Girl in Cordes Lakes

Victoria Bensch was found this morning around 8:30 am by a DPS Ranger helicopter who spotted her and her dog, Blue, from the air.victoriabensch3

PV Meth Dealers Busted By YCSO Special Crimes Unit

An undercover investigation has resulted in the arrest of Mirna Peralta and Jose Fonseca. 

Sedona Sweat Lodge Organizer James Ray Arrested

Update: New photo; Initial appearance tomorrow morning. James Arthur Ray has been indicted on 3 counts of Manslaughter, and his bail has been set at $5 million.

6-Year-Old Jacob Baudek's Body Found Today

The body of Jacob Baudek was located today by hikers east of I-17.

6-Year-Old Boy Swept Down River Not Yet Found

A 6-year-old-boy was swept down the river last night at approximately 8:45 pm.

Victim Identified After Hunters Find Human Remains

The body found by hunters on December 20, 2009, has been identified as Omar Solis-Castro. 

Unlicensed Teen Driver Crashes Car into Garage and Home

Car driven by an unlicensed teen driver crashes into garage.

YCSO Detention Officer Arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Detention Officer was arrested for Aggravated Assault and other charges.

davidashtonOn January 3, 2009, Prescott Police Officers arrested 43-year-old David Ashton for 3 counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, 1 count of Recklessly Handling a Weapon and 1 count of Carrying Deadly Weapon in a Public Establishment. Ashton is currently employed as a Detention Officer with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

At approximately 1:35 A.M., Prescott Police responded to the report of a man with a gun call at Moctezuma's Bar, 144 S. Montezuma Street. Officers arrived and were eventually directed to the city parking garage where Ashton was located and arrested without incident. A handgun was also recovered.

During the investigation, officers learned that Ashton had an initial confrontation with patrons inside Matt's Saloon, 112 S. Montezuma Street. Ashton brandished a knife during the confrontation and was escorted out of the bar.

Officers were also contacted by an 18-year-old male who had been assaulted by Ashton after the incident at Matt's Saloon. This victim and several witnesses had seen Ashton exit the Bird Cage Saloon, 148 S. Montezuma Street, and shove his way through the crowd outside. When the victim approached Ashton about his behavior and confrontation with a man standing nearby, Ashton turned and pointed a handgun at the victim's forehead. He also struck the side of the victim's head with the firearm. After the assault, Ashton began waiving the firearm in the crowd and ultimately pointed the weapon at 2 Moctezuma's employees. Ashton then left the area while police were being notified and was eventually caught in the parking garage as mentioned.

Ashton was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on the indicated charges and remains in-custody on a $150,000 bond. YCSO has placed Ashton on unpaid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at
(928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website:

Human Remains Found By Hunters

YCSO discusses the human remains near the Child's Power Plant Campground; assistance in identification is wanted.