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5/1/2013 9:56:00 PM
Man accused of assaulting woman, shooting at family members
Joshua Stratford
Joshua Stratford
The Daily Courier


FOSSIL CREEK - A man accused of assaulting a woman at a campground and then firing shots at family members who tried to stop him was arrested Saturday evening.

Joshua Stratford, 28, of Prescott Valley is accused of picking a woman up and throwing her to the ground during an argument, causing her to hit her head on a rock and briefly lose consciousness at a campsite near Childs Power Road, said Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO spokesman. When a male family member attempted to intervene, Stratford pulled a handgun and fired shots toward other family members, according to D'Evelyn.

The group got into the victim's vehicle and called 911 and, as they were driving away from the scene, met deputies who were responding to their call, D'Evelyn said.

When deputies arrived at the campground, they found Stratford asleep in the only tent at the site, and took him into custody. He denied possessing a gun, D'Evelyn said, but the victim said he'd thrown it into the woods before they left.

The deputies couldn't locate the gun in the dark, but the next morning, an off-duty deputy camping in the area found it.

Stratford was booked on charges including aggravated assault per domestic violence, three counts of endangerment, possession of a firearm by a prohibited possessor and disorderly conduct.

He was released from the Camp Verde jail on his own recognizance.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2013
Article comment by: Stephen Hogan

@Wait Wut
"Stratford was booked on charges including aggravated assault per domestic violence, three counts of endangerment, possession of a firearm by a prohibited possessor and disorderly conduct".

Obviously this 'gentlemen' was not a 'law-abiding' gun owner. If you had read the article you would see that he was already a prohibited possessor, meaning that at one time he must have committed some type of crime in order to have earned that status. My other question is, why was he not charged with attempted murder?


Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Roberts

Well, WaitWut, I imagine that if he was charged as a "prohibited possessor"--it's right there in the story--that he was NOT allowed to have a weapon.

Is that clear enough?


Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2013
Article comment by: JM S

Released to strike again, great idea.

Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2013
Article comment by: Josie McEwan

This is probably the most confusing, disgusting piece I've read in years in the Prescott Courier, and we all know, there is plenty of competition to meet the above criteria. 'Stratford pulls a handgun and fires shots towards other family members.' Is it not a crime to pull a handgun and fire it towards people? Perhaps the 'family members' are peeling the NRA sticker off the back of their pick-up. Guns may have lost their appeal. I hope this family and the woman who was assaulted, stay safe and alive. Mr. Stratford's rights just trumped everyone else's.

Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2013
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek .

Of course "HE" was released on his own recognizance, none of this is "HIS" fault, we all know it is the gun that did the baddy. I bet if he was "registered" as the gun's owner, none of this would ever have happened.

Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

An excellent idea Wait Wut.

Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

When they let him go did they give him back his gun that they found? That would have been a very nice thing to do. That would save him some money .... Save him a trip to Wally World or to the swapmeet.

Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2013
Article comment by: Questions Questions

I in no way understand why he was released OR !

The article states "" possession of a firearm by a prohibited possessor"". This could range from being a felon to having other out standing charges or a Protection Order being in place. It would have been very prudent of the Courier to find out why he was a "prohibited person".


Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2013
Article comment by: The Criminal Justice System

"He was released from the Camp Verde jail on his own recognizance."

What? Who was the judge who made that decision???

I don't want to be quick to judge - we only know one side of the story so far. I mean, maybe Mr Stratford was defending himself. (Although wouldn't have he called the cops if so?)

But in the worst case, you have aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon and lying to a peace officer. (About the gun.)

I know a man in Quartzsite - an upstanding citizen who ran for office - who had to post $750 after he was arrested for the "crime" of allegedly not hooking up a water meter! So why only ROR for Mr. Stratford? Makes me wonder if he knows someone.

Even if he was defending himself, it's a crime to lie to a cop. IMO, there should have been some bond required. (Is he a transient, living in campgrounds?)

As a former correction officer told me, "It's called the Criminal Justice System because only criminals get justice." Sigh.

Mike Palmer


Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2013
Article comment by: Wait Wut

When there is a motorcycle accident, the Courier reports whether or not the rider was wearing a helmet even though there are no helmet laws for adults in Arizona. I ask the Courier to do the same for anyone that fires a weapon. Was this 'gentleman' a 'law-abiding' gun owner? What about all the others we keep hearing about lately? I don't want to hear anything about 'rights', either. The rights of a gun owner don't trump the rights of anyone else, not even motorcycle riders.

Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2013
Article comment by: Uncle Remus

Released on his signature huh? ...Hopefully there's some explanation ...
This one looks real bad and smells even worse.


Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2013
Article comment by: John Nixon

He was released on his own recognizance? You kidding me? I imagine the woman he threw to the ground, feels real safe now. Who's stupid decision was that? ...



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