On Monday, August 26, Prescott Valley police responded to calls about a man running around a supermarket parking lot with a meat cleaver. The man, 34-year-old Jason R. Thrift, was reportedly threatening the store’s patrons and employees, telling them that he would hurt them if they didn’t release his wife and 18-month-old child.
Though it is unclear where Thrift’s wife and child were at the time, they were not being held in an open area above the store’s dairy section as the man suspected.
Thrift was arrested and is facing charges for disorderly conduct, shoplifting, threatening and intimidating, and aggravated assault.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon or Dangerous Instrument
In Arizona, an offender can be charged with aggravated assault if they are found committing assault while using a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. Aggravated assault in this context is typically charged as a class 3 felony in AZ.
Threatening or Intimidating Charges in Arizona
In AZ, an individual can be charged with threatening or intimidating if they threaten or intimidate by word or conduct to do any of the following:
- Cause physical injury to another or serious damage to the property of another.
- Cause physical injury to another or damage the property of another in order to promote, assist or further the interests of, or to cause, induce, or solicit another to participate in a criminal street gang or racketeering enterprise.
- Cause serious public inconvenience including, but not limited to, evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or transportation facility.
Threatening or intimidating pursuant to paragraphs 1 or 3 is typically charged as class 1 misdemeanor, unless the offense is committed in retaliation for a victim’s reporting of criminal activity or if the offender is a criminal street gang member, in which case it is charged as a class 6 felony. Threatening or intimidating pursuant to paragraph 2 is charged as a class 3 felony.
Having a violent felony charge on your record can have extremely detrimental effects on your livelihood, as it can make it difficult for employers, friends, and family members to feel safe around you.