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Police log: Man beaten up in own home

Police log: Man beaten up in own home

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Aggravated assault, trespassing 

Flagstaff Police Department officers responded to home on the east side twice in one day after receiving reports of violence between various people, Sept. 22.

When they arrived, an officer found the victim visibly upset and angry. He had a bloody nose and was yelling that a man and a woman assaulted him inside of his home.

After calming down, the victim stated to officers that it all started earlier that day when the woman and another man came over to ask if they could borrow some cooking utensils. When they came in, the victim alleged that the woman started yelling and “freaking out,” according to police reports.

The victim asked her to leave and when she finally did, he alleged she fell on her face as she left.

Then later that day, the victim alleged the woman and another man walked into his home uninvited and began to beat him up. The officer then went to speak with the woman and a third man her friend. 

The friend told the officers that the man who beat up the victim had left and he didn’t know who he was.

Moments later, another officer heard a door close in the hallway of the apartment. Officers had reportedly cleared the home, and were unaware of anyone else being in the apartment. Also, the woman and her friend had both claimed that no one else was in the apartment.

Once the reporting officer traveled down the hall and opened the door, he found the other man lying on a mattress on the floor. The subject was unresponsive and appeared to need medical attention.

Clearly realizing that the friend and the woman had lied, the officer went back to speak with them. The two claimed they didn’t know the subject.

It wasn’t until another officer notified the woman that the subject on the bed could be charged with felony trespassing that she told officers that she did allow him in the residence. The woman continued  to allege that she didn’t know who the man on the bed was.

A witness reported seeing the man on the bed and the woman enter the victim's trailer. The witness reported hearing the man on the bed yell “Did you hit that girl?” and saw the woman direct him on where to beat up the victim.

The woman and the man on the bed identified as Shayne Lawrence, 34, could each be facing several charges.

Three report fraudulent schemes

Three people reported three separate cases of felony fraudulent schemes to the Flagstaff Police Department on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

All three of the cases involved online interactions from Craigslist, Facebook and Amazon. The amount of money lost was redacted from public access.

The woman who was scammed by an unknown person on Craigslist was attempting to secure a rental from a fake “sterling management company.” She paid money onto a security deposit, first and a half months rent, and in order to receive her key she paid for November’s rent as well.

The woman told the responding officer that she believed the sender because she believed the listing to be real. While there is a real estate company operating under a similar name in Flagstaff, the true name of the company is Sterling Real Estate Management as opposed to “Sterling management company.”

The listing was located on Oak Avenue.

Another Flagstaff woman reported in the later afternoon on Wednesday that she was contacted on Facebook by a woman who offered her money for a grant called “The Henry Arnold Grant.”

The victim gave her contact number to the woman and was later contacted by the scammer’s boss. The man asked for her username and password to her bank account, saying it was an easier way for him to transfer the grant money.

Later that day she went to use her card and it was declined. The bank told her she had negative funds in her account, and she found out her username and password to her online banking had been changed.

A separate man attempted to purchase a small mechanical piece on Amazon. He was having trouble buying the part and wanted to speak to a representative when he found the wrong number and ended up getting scammed.

As opposed to looking for the number on Amazon’s website, he exited Amazon to find the number he was looking for. 

After buying and reading the numbers to the subject, the man was told an employee would stop by his residence tomorrow to unlock the account. It was at this point, the man realized he was being scammed. Amazon was notified and opened an internal investigation.

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