Mystery bus burns near Cottonwood

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) reports that deputies responded to a vehicle fire on April 24 at 9 p.m.

According to a police report, deputies were dispatched to Bill Gray Road, approximately four miles from Arizona 89A, and reportedly discovered a bus that was burning.

The report states that no license or vehicle identification number could be located for identification of the vehicle, but YCSO dispatch reportedly located the driver of the bus, identified as Armando Mindoza Reyes, 25, of Avondale.

Deputies reportedly made contact with Reyes at a location identified as a retreat center, where he allegedly told deputies that the bus was stuck in a ditch at approximately 2 p.m. and the 48 passengers and the driver left the bus at that location.

The report states that the bus had been leased from Michelangelo Leasing & Ultimate Coach Care Center, with an undisclosed location and a representative of those agencies has been asked to provide a vehicle identification number and further information about the bus.

YCSO reports that the destination and passengers are unknown.

The report did not state if charges were filed, if arrests were made or the amount of damage to the vehicle.

Citizens with information regarding this case are urged to please contact Cottonwood Police Department at 634-4246 or YCSO at (928) 777-7246. Citizens wishing anonymity may call Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232.

Firearm stolen in Cottonwood

Cottonwood police report that it is investigating an alleged theft of a firearm from a vehicle on April 24.

According to a police report, the owner of the weapon alleges that thieves entered his vehicle and stole a Ruger P94 .40 caliber pistol while the vehicle was parked Murphy's Grill, located at 747 S. Main Street in Cottonwood.

Police report that the victim believes the vehicle was locked.

Police describe the pistol only as having an extra magazine charged with hollow point ammunition that the pistol was kept in a black nylon holster.

Police did not disclose the serial number of the weapon. The victim's vehicle is described as a blue, 1992 Chevrolet pickup.

Police report that the victim alleges that he entered the restaurant at 8 p.m., then exited at 8:30 p.m., drove home then realized that it was missing.

Police report that this case is still under investigation. Citizens with information regarding this case are urged to please contact Cottonwood Police Department at 634-4246 or YCSO at (928) 777-7246. Citizens wishing anonymity may call Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232.

Cottonwood traffic stop leads to two arrests

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of two men on April 24.

According to a police report, deputies conducted a routine traffic stop for alleged speeding on Medicine Point in Cottonwood.

The report states that deputies made contact with the driver, identified as Cesar Garcia-Zapata, 33, of Cottonwood and his passenger, identified as Carlos Jesus Varela-Otero, 25, of Cornville.

According to the report, deputies allegedly followed Zapata's vehicle to a vacant residence where contact was made, at which time Zapata allegedly provided numerous false names and reportedly had no driver's license or identification.

Deputies report that Zapata was identified detention officers at Yavapai County Detention Facility in Camp Verde, where it was learned that his license was allegedly suspended.

The report states that Zapata was arrested and faces two counts of allegedly providing false identification to law enforcement officers, one count of alleged forgery, one count of alleged failure to provide identification and alleged driving on a suspended license.

Deputies report further, that the passenger, Otero, was allegedly found to be in possession of 1.7 grams of methamphetamine and was subsequently arrested and now face alleged possession of dangerous drugs and alleged possession of drug paraphernalia.

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