Occupants Of Home Held At Gunpoint

Argument leads to threats against five residents of home

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A 25-year-old man is being held in jail after an argument Saturday morning that led to five people, including two juveniles, being held against their will in their own home.

Payson Police Sergeant Tom Tieman, said 25-year-old Waylon Paul Quotskuyva allegedly brandished a 9mm handgun and threatened five individuals while in a home near East Phoenix Street in the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 8, according to a press release.

Three of the occupants were adults and two were juveniles, police said.

According to Payson police, Quotskuyva had an argument with his girlfriend, who was one of the occupants in the home, about missing keys.

During the course of the argument, Quotskuyva displayed a handgun.

After threatening the occupants of the home, he hit a male adult in the head with the gun causing injury, police said.

Police said the injury was not life-threatening, and the man was taken to Payson Regional Medical Center for treatment and later released.

After allegedly hitting the individual in the head, Quotskuyva left the home with a friend and was later stopped by Payson police and Tonto Apache police on a traffic stop.

After identifying Quotskuyva, officers arrested him.

He was booked into the Gila County jail on five counts of aggravated assault with a weapon.

One of those counts included domestic violence and aggravated assault with a weapon.

Police said Quotskuyva is a convicted felon and he was also charged with one count of misconduct involving a weapon-prohibited possessor.

Convicted felons in Arizona are prohibited by law from owning or carrying a weapon.

Police discovered, after arresting Quotskuyva, that he had been released from the Arizona Department of Corrections Jan. 14 and was on parole at the time of the incident.

"He was only out of prison for about four months before this happened," Tieman said

Quotskuyva is also being held on a parole violation, police said.

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