Justice

This is an update to a story that was posted earlier this week about two assault incidents the weekend of June 22-23 that involved La Paz County Sheriff's Deputies

La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputies found themselves dealing with dangerous assault situations the weekend of June 22-23. One of them almost led to the suspect being released due to a paperwork error.

Jacob Dwyer Gary, 34, of Bouse, was being arrested in the early morning hours of June 24 by a Deputy on a local warrant. He pulled away from the Deputy and allegedly pulled out a long, fixed bladed knife from his waistband. The Deputy was able to disarm him and take him into custody. Dwyer was charged with aggravated assault against a peace officer and resisting arrest.

When Gary went into court, the charges were dismissed because no complaint had been filed. County Attorney Tony Rogers said that happened because no booking sheet had been provided on Dwyer. He said a booking sheet is needed to file a complaint.

Rogers said that mistake was quickly rectified. They reproduced the missing paperwork, the charges were re-filed, and a new arrest warrant was issued.

“The defendant was never released from custody, so he remains (and is) in jail.” Rogers said in an e-mail to the Pioneer.

Rogers suggested a modern, paperless system was the way to do things.

“In this modern era, the solution to too much paper is to go paperless,” Rogers said. “With a paperless system documents are not mislaid, and are easily electronically tracked. That way you can show exactly when it was both sent and received.”

In a separate incident the afternoon of June 22, a Deputy attempted to check on the welfare of an individual he saw walking along Interstate 10. According to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office, the subject allegedly attacked the Deputy and attempted to take his gun and taser.  After a long struggle, and with the assistance of an off-duty Maricopa County Detention Officer, the Deputy was able to take the suspect into custody. 

The suspect was identified as Isean Carr Coleman, 25, of Miami, Fla. He was booked into the La Paz County Detention Facility on charges of aggravated assault – deadly weapon and aggravated assault – attempting to take firearm from officer. He is being held on $750,000 bond.

In a Facebook post about the incidents, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Curt Bagby said, “All emergency responders face dangerous situations on a regular basis. We depend on resources and training to make these incidents as safe as possible.  Please remember that there are men and women putting their lives on the line on a daily basis to ensure your safety.  When you see an emergency responder, take the time to say hello and thank them for their service.”

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