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6/1/2012 10:00:00 PM
Men arrested after allegedly beating, kicking 15-year-old girl at Granite Creek Park
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

A 15-year-old is girl recovering from a head injury after an incident Tuesday in a wooded area of Granite Creek Park.

Several witnesses told Prescott police that a woman fought with the girl, the girl fell to the ground, and that at least two men kicked the girl and stomped on her head, according to a police report.

Officers arrested two men that day and one woman on Wednesday in connection with the incident and booked them into the Yavapai County Jail, said Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley.

Michael I. Rose, 31, a transient, and Randall Bochat, 39, of Prescott were booked into the county jail on felony charges of aggravated assault and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct.

The woman was charged with misdemeanor assault, but was taken to jail on a probation violation, Morley said. The female suspect's name and booking photo are not included in this story per Courier policy not to identify people who are charged with misdemeanors.

At 7:38 p.m. Tuesday, an officer stopped at the light at Montezuma and Sheldon streets heard a girl screaming and saw her bleeding from the nose in a parking lot near a wooded area in the 300 block of North Montezuma Street.

The officer spoke with several witnesses who said they were hanging out in the wooded area just north of the parking lot playing a game when the victim spoke to Rose, which appeared to make the woman upset, according to the police report.

"They were all together playing a game, punching each other in the arm, when the victim, according to the female suspect, started paying too much attention to the female suspect's boyfriend," Morley said. "She thought the girl was flirting with him and admitted to fighting with her."

Witnesses told officers they saw the woman knock the girl to the ground and that Rose and Bochat kicked the girl and stomped on her head, according to the police report.

The officer told Rose, who was walking in the parking lot, to sit down, and reportedly took Bochat to the ground when he tried to run away.

Prescott firefighters and Life Line Ambulance paramedics examined the abrasions on the girl's face and upper body and the bruising across her forehead that appeared to be treadmarks from the sole of a shoe. Officers took photos of the girl's injuries, Rose, and his boots.

"The girl's parents were called and took her to YRMC to get treatment for her injuries," Morley said.

"For a 15-year-old child to be hurt and attacked like that, it's just not safe for anyone to be walking through that area," said the girl's mother, who noted she was born and raised here. "Our community needs to come together for our parks. Anybody should be safe at our parks. It could have been anyone's child."

"The more the park gets used when it warms up, the more calls we get, and we step up patrols down there," Morley said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, June 03, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

@ @Tom Von Deck: If cops were targeting me and may friends, that would be downright wrong, wouldn't it? Do I spend my time kicking 15 year old girls in the head? That's exactly my point. Why don't we just run mean people out of town instead,...

Posted: Sunday, June 03, 2012
Article comment by: Veritas Semper

The most obvious question here is why is a 15 year old girl interacting with transients who were twice her age in the first place? Either she is the most naiive girl on the planet or, well, there are several options, none of which are good. Mom needs to take a cold hard look at herself and ask some very difficult questions of her daughter as well as herself.

Posted: Sunday, June 03, 2012
Article comment by: Wake Up City Council !!!!

I think that this town is enabling all the low lives / junkies. They are fed all day through out the downtown area and most of the police know them by name. They hand out brouchers on places to eat, sleep, or get free help. I think the city council should be the first to blame for our town falling apart.
I hope that if they have children of thier own that this story would help change thier minds and spend more of the tax payers money on protecting thier community instead of enabling those that don't support the community & just live off of the benifits of OUR TOWN.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: @ Tom Von Deck

"The problem with the social profiling method you describe is that folks are prohibited from an area because of their looks. Have a backpack? Get booted from the park. Hair a bit shaggy? Get run out"

I would assume that you feel this way because it would be you and your friends that would be getting run off.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: To: Scott D.

Sadly, today's society has made it more dangerous for the armed citizen to defend themselves.

If an armed citizen ends up defending themselves in Granite Creek Park by shooting one of the (people), they will have their gun confiscated by the police, will have to retain an attorney, then wait and see if the prosecutor will go after them.

God forbid that the assailant is a person of color and the citizen is white the liberals would fall over themselves to demonize the shooter as a racist hillbilly.

Not many people are willing to risk their money, reputation, and sanity by exercising their right to self-defense...

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: Travis T.

All who are complaining about the situation with the park have the power to change it.

My first instinct when I read this story was to suggest a group of citizens volunteer to do nightly patrols of the park.

However, the sad fact is that the problem exists due to the city leaders not wanting to offend liberals by banning rehab centers in Prescott.

Elect leaders who will change the city zoning codes to outlaw these magnets for people with mental and abuse issues.

Find a police chief who has the intestinal fortitude to have officers patrol the park.

Heck, aren't there enough concerned people in Prescott to organize a protest against this problem? A couple hundred angry and concerned citizens outside of city hall may just spur the local leaders to do something...

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: REAP WHAT THEY SOW

I found Tom Steele's comments interesting. It would be great to have the luxury of having an undercover cop in the area Tom, but you and your "do more with less" political playmates have depleted the local police forces to nothing. I am surprised that they found an available police officer to take the assault report. The hard working, experienced, tried and true police officers are vacating the area per your city policy of "if you don't like the way we treat you -leave" Congratulations Steele, McConnell, Jacobson, Tarkowski, Reed and the city councils of Prescott and Prescott Valley. You are beginning to see the consequences of your actions. You "save money" for your precious big box stores and your citizens are left to fend for themselves because your priorities are skewed.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: get real...

We should give it back to the Yavapai. The curse will be broken and peace will return to the tri-creek confluence vortex. Hey? Don't call me that...I haven't read anything much more enlightening.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

Garland, It's not up to anyone to determine which "types of people" are likely doing all those things you mention. The cops obviously nailed two people who were doing uncool things. The problem with the social profiling method you describe is that folks are prohibited from an area because of their looks. Have a backpack? Get booted from the park. Hair a bit shaggy? Get run out. I have known too many good people who have been run out of places because they had the wrong "look". Doing something about crime is a whole other matter.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: LA Miller

The girl was not alone, she was actually with friends. If u read the article correctly, what supposedly happend and what was stated, was the female suspects version of the incident. And not witness statements. The girls friends did try to help her. They were held back and chased down the street by other transients. The courier never really gives the whole story. These ppl should have more severe charges than this.The ppl in the community should write letters so these ppl stay in jail where they belong.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: Scott D

And this right here, why we can and NEED to exercise our GOD GIVEN right to carry firearms, either openly or concealed. If you are a law abiding citizen and can legally own firearms in the state of AZ, then don't even need a permit anymore for concealed carry... A few of these losers get shot attacking good, regular folk? Maybe...just maybe...they'll come around and think twice before attacking people.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: pablo noname

These two should get 20 years hard labor! Law Enforcement should be able to run the homeless out of our County.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

@Welcome to Prescott: I've been to a lot of uberliberal cities and they are the safest cities I've ever been to. I mean Boulder, Madison, Burlington and the like. On the other hand, somewhat liberal cities like New York and San Fran were not as safe in certain areas. Phoenix is a rather conservative city and there's crime galore. The factors that contribute to crime have nothing to do which political parties people tend to vote for. Nice cheap shot, though.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: The Truth in

Ok, enough already. Two OLDER MEN kicking a teenager in the head. What has this society come to. Lets just skip the jail time, and multiple trials, and more arrest for these two creeps ..and put them out in the middle of the desert. they are worse then animals, lets treat them like animals.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: Homeowner Bob

The Police did their job and were on the scene as it unfolded. Most responses imply ďcast a net on the park users and sort them out laterĒ. I might even support the Police harassing you, if it was applied to all the citizenís, including you and me. But until somebody actually breaks the law, there is no offense.
Additionally in this case, charges are filed and guess where the charged are compelled to appear at. Thatís right, if you want to go the square you need to accept that itís foremost the county courthouse and those charged are compelled to be present. Go and you will see them there, why complain also about the downtown in the future? Probationary terms may require frequent visits to a probation officer and/or mandatory drug testing all which are located near by the court and follow-up visits to the Judge. This is not going to change unless they relocate the courthouse elsewhere.
Finding fault (Police targeting) with the poor people, (loitering, camping etc.) just increases the concentration of those charged into the downtown area and the parks. Please separate or reconsider suggesting any hostilities against the poor as a group from the offenses committed by those individuals charged.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: To Tom Steele

Your negativity is coming out again. I don't think there is a Prescott police officer who does not regularly get out of their car whether in the heat of summer or the cold of winter. They do what needs to be done, including foot patrols.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: Bench Warmer

To bad Kristen's bench was torn down. Its calming, respect-for-every-living-thing, effect might have prevented this. Because we all know that public art cures all ills a city may have.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: Keep 'em OUT!

We should enact a city code - call it the Indigent Defense and Safe Parks Act. It will require all non-city residents, over the age of 10, who remain within the City of Prescott for longer than 30 days to register with the city government and to have registration documents in their possession at all times. This Act will make it a city misdemeanor crime for a non-city resident to be in Prescott without carrying documentation of legal residency of the City of Prescott. It will require that city law enforcement officers attempt to determine an individual's residency status during a "lawful stop, detention or arrest" when there is reasonable suspicion that the individual is a non-resident of the city of Prescott, will bar local officials or agencies from restricting enforcement of this Act, and crack down on those sheltering, hiring and transporting non-city residents. Those found to not to be legal residents of the city of Prescott will be transported a minimum of seventy-five miles outside the incorporated city limits and released (perhaps an agreement can be made with the local Phoenix Airport shuttle services to provide transportation).

If this Act fails or is bogged down in litigation, then citizen watch groups should be formed to patrol the city limits, and those areas known to serve as havens, to ensure non-city residents are not illegally entering, or living in, our city.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: Brian Boru

The Prescott PD needs to get out of their cars and do a little police work in Granite Park.

We are all fortunate that the accused were dumb enough to stick around and that a policeman stopped. Otherwise, it would be just another unsolved, unreported crime.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: not surprised

I lived down the street from Granite Creek Park for about a year, in the First Street area. As was explained to me by a Prescott native, there's a reason locals refer to it as "Murder Park", and honest people don't go there after dusk. The only time I would go there is during full daylight hours, and I would not take my children there alone--two adults to actively watch/play with them on the playground is my rule. And after the last time we went (a mid-week afternoon last summer) and found ourselves having to "share" the playground/picnic area with a large, loud party that was obviously drinking...we haven't been back. This park needs a guard or patrol that does more than circle the parking lot (and it needs to happen around the clock, not just during posted park hours)...otherwise it will continue to be the "hangout" for drunks, drug addicts, transients, and sexual predators.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: Give'm Hell Harry

Here's a novel idea, let's spend our tax dollars to patrol our parks 24/7 with bike cops and run the scum out of town. Prioritize the budget for this instead of new golf carts and the golf course money pit. This was done in the downtown area and parks where I came from and it solved the problem. Police presence will make the difference and these bums get the message. Throw the book at these guys, 20 years ought to be about right. This is one time when I wish one of our local gun owners would have been on the scene to shoot first and ask questions later. And this isn't a so-called "liberal" problem here in Prescott because this town is made up of mostly conservatives with a conservative run state and local government. Its called a priority problem of local government responding to the needs of the community.Let's take our tax dollars and spend them wisely.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: this is news, why?

Why isn't anyone asking what this girl was doing with grown men in the park at night? Yes the park is not a great place to be, but I would not be letting my young daughter be hanging out with ...

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: Garland Adams

As one already noted, it's the "do-gooders" (and that's EXACTLY what they are), who demand that we surrender our public parks and downtown square to these types of people. Yeah, that's right, I said "THESE types of people". Some want to live in fantasy land, where there are no "bad" or undesireable people. They claim that we must allow such people to take over our public parks and squares. Otherwise we are supposedly cruel and lacking compassion. They would rather the families of Prescott had no parks or outdoor places to go as long as people like those pictured above maintain their "right" to go and squat/deal drugs/urinate/defacate/vomit/get drunk/have sex/litter/destroy property etc.

Yes, such fine, upstanding people these do-gooders are.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: Mr Bojangels

The last I checked my calender it was May 31st, not Oct.31st.

Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Article comment by: concerned citizen

where were the so called friends? if this girl was walking through the park with her friends why was she the only one attacked? did her friends just stand there while they witnessed people stomping in her face? if so GET NEW FRIENDS SWEETIE!! and your boyfriend was there? what a loser he must be. DUMP HIM ASAP! and if she was born and raised her wouldn't she know to stay out of that park? and shouldn't her mother and father have told her about how dangerous that park is? i can only hope that this was a wake up call for both her and her parents. 15 year old girls should not be allowed to roam the streets as they please.
two grown "men" KICK, let me say it again, KICK KICK KICK the face of a child. how is this not attempted murder? and why would they feel so compelled to jump into this fight? and why is the girl involved not named? is she an adult? why does she think it's okay to fight with a 15 year old girl? no matter what this child was doing, she is still a child for crying out loud. they could have easily restrained the girl and left, or called the police if she was in fact starting a fight. this poor girl has to walk around (if she can even walk now after such a beating) with tread marks on her face and this piece of ... is protected by the courier? this is an absolute disgrace.

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