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Deputies rescue victim during stabbing

Tina McGraw, Erin Camacho and Ronald Drozd

Tina McGraw, Erin Camacho and Ronald Drozd

Yavapai Sheriff's deputies were called to a reported stabbing in progress about 1 a.m. Thursday, in the 2200 block of Copper Drive in Verde Village #1.

When they reached the brawl, deputies stopped the assault and detained the three suspects. They are identified as Ronald Drozd, 56, of Clarkdale, Erin Camacho, 29, of Cottonwood and Tina McGraw, 27, of Cottonwood. Authorities say all three suspects have gang affiliations.

McGraw attempted to run from the deputies, but was held and detained in the back yard, according the report. She was allegedly in possession of a knife.

The male victim sustained multiple lacerations to his face and lumps and scrapes on the back of his head and arms. Two of the suspects reportedly had attempted to break the victims fingers using a pair of pliers. The victim's name is withheld for safety reasons. He is hospitalized and his condition has not been released.

A resident at the home told deputies that three suspects came to the door and asked for the victim by name. Once they determined the victim was present, they forced entry into the home and attacked the victim in his bedroom. That is when the resident called the Sheriff's Office for help.

During follow-up investigation, deputies found the suspect's vehicle parked nearby. A K-9 dog alerted for drugs inside the vehicle. A search by narcotics detectives allegedly uncovered two baggies containing nearly 8 grams of methamphetamine, two syringes and a pill bottle with several hydrocodone tablets.

The suspects were all booked at the Camp Verde Detention Facility and charged with burglary, kidnapping to place in imminent danger, assault with a deadly weapon and various narcotics possession charges.

The investigation as to the motive for the assault is ongoing.

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