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Armed robbery

Flagstaff Police officers were called for an armed robbery at the Verizon store on Milton Road at around 9 a.m. on Feb. 13.

According to police reports, a clerk from the store said two men wearing dark hoodies and masks entered the store, struck him on the head with a revolver and demanded that he open the safe. He did so, hoping the men would take what they wanted and leave. The suspects tied the clerk up with a plastic cable tie and then took all of the cell phones in the safe and left in a tan Mercury vehicle. The clerk said he was able to get out of the store and asked a passerby to cut the cable tie so he could call the police.

Officers observed the clerk had blood from a cut on his head and he appeared to be disoriented. The clerk refused immediate medical attention, saying his wife would drive him to the hospital later. Officers took DNA swabs and dusted for fingerprints. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call Flagstaff Police at (928) 774-1414 or Coconino Silent Witness at (928) 774-6111.

Domestic violence

A Phoenix man was arrested on suspicion of attacking a person he was sharing a room with at a bed and breakfast.

According to a police report, at around 12:44 a.m. on Feb. 13, Flagstaff police officers were called to the intersection of North Humphreys Street and Birch Avenue for a possible domestic violence situation and a report of a car driving the wrong way on Birch Avenue.

Officers found a woman in the street asking for help. The woman said she had traveled to Flagstaff with a man to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The two had checked into their bed and breakfast and then gone out for dinner and drinks. On their way back an argument had ensued.  

Upon returning to their room, the man threw the woman on the bed and hit and choked her. He then ran outside. The woman followed him--telling police officers she had been afraid he would attempt to drive while intoxicated. The man told her to get in the car, at which point he resumed hitting and choking her.

The man eventually pushed her out of the car while it was in motion and drove the wrong way down Birch Avenue. Officers were able to stop him but not until after he had struck at least two objects with the vehicle. 

Police arrested Joseph Mitchell Moffre, 28, of Phoenix on suspicion of aggravated assault/domestic violence, assault, disorderly conduct, drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.


A Flagstaff man was arrested on suspicion of theft after temporarily staying at a friend’s house. According to police reports, on Feb. 12, a resident living in the 1800 block of University Heights reported that his grandfather’s World War II era sword and two iPhones were missing after a friend of his daughter stayed overnight.

Flagstaff police officers contacted the daughter’s friend, who said he had stayed the night at her house after an argument with his father. He said he moved the sword from the sofa’s cushions to the floor underneath the sofa so he wouldn’t sleep on it. The sword was later located but the phones were not.

Police arrested Sebastian Leake Landes, 20, on suspicion of theft and drug paraphernalia.

Aggravated assault

Police arrested a man at the Greyhound Bus Station after he allegedly assaulted another man waiting for a bus.

According to police reports, at around 1:36 a.m. on Feb. 14, officers were called out to the bus station after a clerk reported an intoxicated man punching another man. Officers spoke to both the clerk and the victim who said the intoxicated man had punched him several times. The victim did not want to press charged and did not have visible injuries.

Officers were able to handcuff the suspect and called an ambulance to transport him to the hospital because of his intoxication level. As medics were trying to put him in the ambulance the man started to kick and spit at them. He also tried to bite one of them before they were able to immobilize him by strapping him to the gurney.

Quinn Orlando Ayze, 42, was charged with suspicion of aggravated assault on a medic/EMT and disorderly conduct.

City and county residents who want to report a crime but wish to remain anonymous may call Silent Witness at 774-6111 or (877) 29-CRIME. Rewards of up to $2,000 are given for information that leads to an arrest.


Education/Business Reporter

Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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