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Suspect in Custody for False Reporting, Escape and Burglary
Posted: 1/24/2014 12:00 AM
On Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:18 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a female caller in the 200 block of north Pepper Place in the unincorporated area of Maricopa. The caller reported a young Hispanic male knocked on her door and when she opened the door, he barged into her home. The male subject said he had been shot and someone was trying to kill him and they were holding his family captive.
Both deputies and medical personnel were dispatched to this emergency call. When they arrived on scene, they discovered the male was not shot but instead he was heavily impaired by a drug. The male insisted his family was being held captive by unknown suspects.
Deputies searched his home where he said they were being held captive and also searched his neighbor’s home. The neighbor later confirmed the subject lives alone. The subject and his neighbors both confirmed the subject uses cocaine and the subject said he last used it earlier that morning.
Alfredo AurtunoDuring the investigation, it was determined the subject who was now identified as Alfredo Aurtuno (age 23 of Mexico) had fabricated the entire story. The subject also told deputies he was in the United States illegally. Deputies transported him to the U.S. Border Patrol station to confirm his identity. It was then confirmed Alfredo was in the United States illegally and he also uses the name of Alfredo Hopper-Ordono.
Alfredo was placed under arrest for False Reporting to a Law Enforcement Agency and he was transported to our Casa Grande substation.When the deputy opened the patrol car door, Alfredo who was handcuffed got out of the vehicle and ran. The deputy chased after him on foot as Alfredo ran into a local nail salon and grabbed several items including a cell phone, nail file and a long metal object. He then ran out of the business and towards the “Circle K” which was located at Trekel and Cottonwood.
A PCSO K-9 was used to help apprehend the suspect since he was armed with a possible weapon and refused to surrender.
Alfredo was booked into the Pinal County Jail for Escape, Burglary and False Reporting. An immigration hold was also placed on him.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “With SB1070, law enforcement does not check an individual’s immigration status when they are a victim or witness to a crime.When this call was initially reported, emergency first responders from law enforcement and medical personnel responded to assist the alleged victim only to learn the allegations were completely false. Now Alfredo Aurtuno will get the attention he wanted as he sits in jail while his case makes its way through our judicial system.”
Public Information Officer

Jim Knupp

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