YAVAPAI SILENT WITNESS RECOGNIZES PAYSON POLICE OFFICER’S WORK IN TAKING A DANGEROUS FELON INTO CUSTODY.
On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, members of the Yavapai Silent Witness Board traveled to Payson to recognize the officer and his squad who were instrumental in taking Attempted Homicide Fugitive Robert David Pearsall III into custody.
Pearsall was a fugitive with felony warrants in Yavapai County who was convicted in 2019 on charges of Attempted 1st Degree Murder and two counts of Aggravated Assault.
Pearsall had evaded capture for approximately two years when Officer Eric Dunston stopped him riding a moped for a traffic violation in the early morning hours of July 22nd. Pearsall fled on the moped when the officer asked for identification and was taken into custody after a vehicle pursuit and short foot chase. During the arrest, Pearsall dropped a gun he had been carrying and punched Officer Dunston multiple times before being handcuffed. An additional handgun was also found on Pearsall’s person. Although Pearsall provided a false name, Officer Dunston later determined the suspect to be the fugitive wanted in Yavapai County.
Pearsall’s 2019 convictions stemmed from a 2018 incident when he viciously attacked a man at a campsite, striking him repeatedly with a large board. The victim sustained multiple injuries including a severe head injury and partial loss of his ear. Pearsall was out on bond at the time of his trial but fled before the conviction was reached.
Pearsall has been sentenced to a 28-year term in prison for these crimes and is also facing additional criminal charges from the arrest in Payson including aggravated assault on law enforcement and weapons charges.
“During these times, we at Yavapai Silent Witness believe it is imperative that our law enforcement professionals know that we appreciate how they put their lives at risk and sacrifice daily so we can enjoy safer communities, stated Yavapai Silent Witness Director Chris Wilson. We want them to know how much we support them.”
Yavapai Silent Witness is dedicated to helping law enforcement agencies throughout Yavapai County and across the state of Arizona solve cold cases, other felony crimes and find wanted fugitives like Pearsall. Silent Witness relies on information from community members and ensures the anonymity of its tipsters as well as rewards tipsters who provide information leading to felony arrests. Please visit www.yavapaisw.com to see how you can help. You can also submit a tip at the website, or you can call 1-800-932-3232.