Disturbed Man Holds Relative At Gunpoint

Police arrest Gulf War vet with history of mental problems after he flees to Kingman


After a weeklong search, police arrested a Gulf War veteran after he allegedly held a family member at gunpoint.

Mitchell Owens, 49, of Payson, will face aggravated assault charges when he arrives back in Gila County.

Owens fled to Kingman after reportedly holding a family member at gunpoint for several hours, said Payson Police Chief Don Engler.

A relative of Owens called police to a home on the north side of Payson June 10, reporting a domestic violence situation.

The person said they had been held up in the home for most of the day as Owens allegedly held another family member at gunpoint.

Eventually, the person fled the home and contacted police.

When the SWAT team entered the home, they found Owens had escaped, Engler said.

“It was determined that Owens had fled to the Phoenix area,” he said. “With the assistance of police agencies, specifically Scottsdale Police Department and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, extensive efforts were made to locate Owens, but initially were unsuccessful.”

On Sunday, officers located Owens in the Kingman area and arrested him.

Owens is a Gulf War veteran and reportedly suffers from severe mental health issues.


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