Sat, Dec. 07

VOC domestic violence suspect charged with unlawful imprisonment and assault

Michael Tafoya

Michael Tafoya

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK --Just before noon Tuesday, Yavapai Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to investigate the report of a family fight in progress in the 100 block of Sugarloaf Street in the VOC.

Deputies learned that 35-year-old Michael Tafoya fled in a dark green 2005 Chevy Tahoe after forcing his teenaged wife into the SUV.

Neighbors flooded the Sheriff's Office with reports of the domestic brawl.

Witnesses told deputies that Tafoya assaulted his wife and dragged her by the hair from the apartment, forced her into the SUV sped away.

A 16-year-old teen boy tried to intervene and stop the assault, but Tafoya reportedly punched the teen. The woman attempted to escape Tafoya, but he overpowered her and pushed her into the SUV.

Deputies searched the area without success for the Tafoya and the victim. Earlier in the evening the girl told neighbors said she was afraid Tafoya was going to "beat her up" when he got to the apartment.

She had implored her family not to let Tafoya take her from the apartment. Both reside at a home in the 4700 block of Beaver Creek Road, Rimrock.

Law enforcement agencies around the state were notified that the suspect was wanted and deputies followed up on leads.

Just before 4 a.m. the following morning, deputies located the suspect's SUV parked down the street from his Rimrock home.

He apparently tried to keep suspicion away from his house. Entering the home, Tafoya was found hiding under a bed.

The woman who had sustained visible injuries including scrapes, cuts and bruising.

Despite witness statements, Tafoya denied forcing the victim into his vehicle against her will.

Tafoya was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges of domestic violence assault, unlawful imprisonment, intentional injury to another and disorderly conduct.

He has since been released on a $1,000 bond.

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