Cottonwood home invasion suspect caught
COTTONWOOD - About 4 a.m. Nov. 9, Yavapai Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to suspicious activity at 1300 Chuckawalla Drive in Cottonwood. A home invasion burglary had just occurred nearby and the caller told deputies she heard unusual noises and saw someone with a flashlight in a nearby area. The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of a couple and the return of significant stolen property.
An unoccupied white truck was parked with the passenger window smashed. Deputies searched in the 1300 block of La Jolla Way after hearing someone running through gravel. They discovered several vehicles on La Jolla Way had been broken into. While searching for clues, deputies found keys belonging to the abandoned truck on Chuckawalla Drive. They believe that someone dropped the keys while running from deputies. The unoccupied truck was registered to Aaron Stevens.
A La Jolla Way resident gave a description after confronting an intruder with a gun. Other residents reported property had been stolen from their vehicles, including a shotgun that was recovered nearby during a search.
About 10 a.m. that morning, deputies went to the 1000 block of 5th Street where Cottonwood officers were meeting with Aaron Stevens, 28, who had reported his truck stolen. Also at the residence was Stevens' girlfriend, Amy Saucedo, 27. Stevens was on the cell phone as deputies arrived.
Based on evidence recovered from the crime scenes and the fact that Stevens matched the suspect description, deputies arrested Stevens for robbery, several counts of burglary, theft, aggravated assault and being a prohibited possessor of as firearm.
When deputies spoke with Saucedo, her cell phone rang. She claimed it was her employer, but deputies later found Stevens was calling from another part of the property. She also admitted Stevens had sent her text messages the night before. When the woman was told they wanted to hold the cell phone to investigate phone activity overnight, Saucedo grabbed it and twisted the headset from the body. As a result, she was arrested for tampering with evidence and false reporting. A search warrant was served at the house and initial indications show that a majority of the stolen property was recovered.
Stevens and Saucedo were booked at the Camp Verde Jail.
Stevens remains in-custody on a $40,000 bond. Saucedo has since bonded out.