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UPDATE: Police seek public’s help in locating fugitive Seth Backus

Seth Backus

Seth Backus

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Thursday morning, the Sheriff’s Office released additional information concerning Backus: “Fugitive Seth Backus is now wanted on four additional warrants out of Yavapai County. Backus is now wanted for burglary in the first degree, felony theft and misconduct involving weapons all stemming from an incident occurring in September of 2018 in Yavapai County He is also wanted on an aggravated assault charge stemming from a December 24, 2018, incident in which Backus injured a Yavapai County detention sergeant’s hand while fighting with detention staff.

Backus has stated he will not be taken back into custody and he is known to carry firearms.

The original story has been updated to include this information.

Yavapai County law enforcement needs your help in locating wanted fugitive Seth Backus, according to a news release from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

Backus was last known to be frequenting the Cottonwood, Cornville, Bridgeport and Camp Verde areas. He is wanted on a probation violation warrant out of Gila County. On May 30, Backus fled from police in the Cottonwood area and will be facing charges of felony flight and felony endangerment on top of the felony no-bond probation violation warrant, according to the news release.

Thursday morning, the Sheriff’s Office released additional information concerning Backus: “Fugitive Seth Backus is now wanted on four additional warrants out of Yavapai County. Backus is now wanted for burglary in the first degree, felony theft and misconduct involving weapons all stemming from an incident occurring in September of 2018 in Yavapai County He is also wanted on an aggravated assault charge stemming from a December 24, 2018, incident in which Backus injured a Yavapai County detention sergeant’s hand while fighting with detention staff.

Backus has stated he will not be taken back into custody and he is known to carry firearms.

Backus is believed to be armed and dangerous. If you know of his whereabouts, please do not approach him. Notify law enforcement.

Backus is a 30-year-old white male, 6-feet 1-inch tall, 230 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes. He also has tattoos on his head that appear to be horns.

If you provide information leading to Backus’ arrest, you could be eligible for a $500 reward. If you have information, please call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip at Yavapaisw.com.

From verdenews.com October 8, 2018

A Cottonwood man arrested last week on felony warrants while in possession of a gun is now facing additional charges of burglary and theft of a firearm.

Seth Daniel Backus, 29, was arrested Sept. 30 after Cottonwood PD responded to a report of “threats” at the 400 Block of North 11th Street.

“A resident said he was threatened by a white male in his 20’s with numerous tattoos only known as ‘Seth’,” Cottonwood Police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt Kuhlt stated in a news release. “Officers believed the victim was talking about 29-year-old Cottonwood resident, Seth Daniel Backus.”

Kuhlt said Backus already had felony warrants out of Gila County and a misdemeanor warrant out of Camp Verde so officers were already searching for him.

According to Cottonwood PD, officers spotted Backus in the area carrying a large black canvas case slung over his shoulder.

“Backus fled but tossed the black case during the foot pursuit,” Kuhlt stated. “Officers were able to catch and apprehend Backus and retrieved the black case. It contained a black Colt M4 .22 LR with scopes but Backus said he didn’t know anything about it. Backus was arrested and charged with being a prohibited possessor in possession of a firearm/weapon, the felony and misdemeanor warrants.”

Officers ran the serial number on the rifle but it didn’t come back stolen, according to Kuhlt.

On Oct. 5, police received a report of a residential burglary in which a gun was stolen.

“The gun stolen from him was the gun Seth Backus had in his possession at the time of his arrest. Backus has now been charged with burglary and theft of a firearm. He is currently in custody for outstanding warrants and being in possession of a firearm as a prohibited possessor,” said Kuhlt.

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