Search Warrant, Srt, Taser Needed To Arrest Suspect


A Payson resident was arrested for aggravated assault after police had to obtain a search warrant to forcibly enter his trailer and take him into custody Friday afternoon.

According to police, a 911 call was received at 4:08 p.m. about an assault at 300 W. Bonita St., space 14.

Payson Police Commander Don Engler said Juan Perez, 58, of Payson, allegedly struck Patrick Parton, 44, over the head with a beer bottle as he was lying on the ground after fighting with Perez.

By the time Payson police officers arrived, Perez had returned to his trailer, which was located two spaces away.

Payson police deployed its special response team to arrest Perez due to the fact that he was a wanted felon and was not complying with officers, Engler said.

After about 15 minutes in which police were unable to convince Perez to come to the door, officers obtained a search warrant so they could force the door open.

Engler said when police were able to get the door partially open, they were able to see Perez, who was then arrested for aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.

Engler said Perez at first complied with officers, but started struggling with police when they attempted to handcuff him.

Police officers used a Taser on Perez twice to get him under control.

Engler said the first electrical shock had little impact.

Engler said Parton was also arrested for disorderly conduct and assault for his role at the beginning of the incident.

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