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Bagdad: Assault on LEO, Domestic Fight, Fire from Fireworks

Suspect Assaults Deputy trying to protect female under Attack – 4 others face Criminal charges related to the Incident – Fire started from fireworks

Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer

On July 1, 2017, around 2:30 AM, 29-year-old Joseph Chavez from Bagdad assaulted an off-duty Sheriff’s deputy during an incident in Bagdad. 

At the indicated date and time, an off-duty deputy was driving in his personal vehicle near the Copper Country Bar and Steak House on Lindahl in Bagdad. While driving by, he saw a female being assaulted by 3 other women in the parking lot. The victim was lying on the ground and appeared pinned under a vehicle while be attacked by the suspects. The deputy exited his vehicle, identified himself as a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputy, and attempted to protect the victim from further attack. Several men were standing around watching the assault. As the deputy attempted to restrain suspects, Chavez refused a lawful order to move and give room to the deputy who was attempting to intervene. The deputy noted that Chavez told him he did not care about the police officer status. When the deputy attempted to move Chavez away, Chavez reacted by pushing the deputy in the chest and continued refusing to leave. This distraction took the deputy’s attention away from the female victim who was being assaulted. 

Chavez was detained by assisting deputies and then released due to emergency calls regarding persons who had just fled the bar’s parking lot and now involved in an assault at a nearby residence. 

Chavez was located on July 2, 2017, and booked at the Camp Verde Detention for Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. He has since been released on a $5000 bond. 

Fight results in 2 arrests

Regarding the second incident – On July 1, 2017, about 4:30 AM, 23-year-old Jennifer Allen and 25-year-old Pedro Sandoval were arrested following an altercation in the 100 block of Lawler Terrace, Bagdad. Allen’s charges included Criminal Damage, Disorderly Conduct, and Assault per Domestic Violence. Allen had gone to the home to confront Sandoval after an incident at the bar. She and Sandoval are separated and when she arrived at the home on Lawler Terrace, she saw Sandoval inside with another female. Allen broke out a window, crawled into the home and attached Sandoval who sustained cuts and scratches on his upper body.. 

Sandoval was charged with one count of Disorderly Conduct for allegations he engaged in a verbal and physical altercation with Allen during the incident. Both have since been released on a promise to appear.  

Regarding the initial fight in the parking lot as observed by the off duty deputy, 2 women were later cited and released for Disorderly Conduct at the conclusion of the investigation. They are identified as 27-year-old Amber Roybal and 24-year-old Christina Ramirez. This confrontation resulted from a prior incident at the bar involving Allen and Sandoval. 

Fire started from fireworks display in Bagdad

On July 4, 2017 at around 9 PM, deputies arrived in the 100 block of Phillips Dr, Bagdad – fire in an area behind a residence due to a fireworks display being put on by the community of Bagdad. A 4’ by 4’ area was burned and extinguished. Fire arrived to confirm there was no further risk.


Dwight DEvelyn, YCSO Media Relations Coordinator

Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO Media Coordinator