6/13/2013 2:06:00 PM Escapee (and his mother) arrested
Both Miguel Zepeda and his mother Elizabeth Garcia face charges from a week of eluding police.
CAMP VERDE - Miguel Jerry Zepeda, 22, accused of escaping from police custody on June 6 and dodging the Camp Verde Marshal's Office deputies later the same night, has been found and arrested.
During an investigation of an incident in the Village of Oak Creek, Zepeda had been arrested and placed in handcuffs by a Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy. Still shackled he fled the scene on foot. Later, CVMO discovered him at his mother's house in Camp Verde, but he also evaded law enforcement there.
On June 7, deputies returned to his mother's home in the 1800 block of Ash Lane, Camp Verde, based on a tip that Zepeda was there. Prior to arrival, deputies learned Zepeda's mother, 44-year-old Elizabeth Garcia, drove away with Zepeda and returned a few minutes later without him. When deputies spoke with Garcia, she allegedly admitted dropping her son off near the river to avoid deputies. Zepeda was not located and additional checks over the next few days in the VOC and Cottonwood were unsuccessful.
On June, 12, deputies arrested Garcia in the VOC on a charge of hindering prosecution. During questioning about her activities the morning of June 6, Garcia admitted picking up her still handcuffed son at the Giant gas station following his initial escape. Zepeda had previously called her to get a ride out of the area.
Garcia assured deputies she knew where Zepeda was hiding and directed them to a residence in the 3100 block of Gold Drive, Camp Verde.
Deputies went to the Gold Drive home and when Zepeda answered the door, he resisted arrest and fled into the residence, according to the YCSO report. As he ran out a rear exterior door, deputies were able to grab Zepeda's clothing and slow his pace. Zepeda continued to resist and attempt to flee, but was eventually subdued and handcuffed.
Zepeda was transported to the Camp Verde Detention Center and booked on charges including contributing to the delinquency of a minor, littering, taking identity of another, escape, theft, aggravated assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest, criminal damage, and possession of marijuana.
Garcia was also booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center.