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    YAVAPAI COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES AND SWAT ASSIST IN THE ARREST

    OF WANTED FUGITIVE BARRICADED IN HOME IN COTTONWOOD

    Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office personnel were in Cottonwood today responding to the location of a fugitive who was barricaded in a home on Cedar Lane. The fugitive had a warrant out for his arrest for aggravated assault with a weapon and other felony charges out of Coconino County. Daniel Lopez, 19 years old from Coconino County, was taken into custody at 2:40 this afternoon. The fugitive who has been monitored by multiple agencies including the U.S. Marshal’s Office was located in the home in Cottonwood early Tuesday. Three YCSO detectives and a U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Taskforce had been on scene surveilling the home since the early morning hours and were finally able to confirm that Lopez was in the home this afternoon.  YCSO SWAT was called out to secure the area around the home and to assist with negotiations for the fugitive’s surrender. The fugitive was taken into custody after he fled on foot from the home and ran right into the SWAT members, who had a perimeter set up as part of the area security.  As a precaution, YCSO deputies were also on scene at Mountain View School, which is near the barricade scene, to ensure the safe release of students and faculty as the school day was ending. Detectives escorted children who lived in the area of Cedar Lane to a secure location to meet with parents.  “This is another example of the effective collaboration between law enforcement agencies, and the power of partnership to bring in dangerous fugitives,” said Sheriff David Rhodes.

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