SAFFORD — According to a Safford Police report, a man accused of whipping a woman with a phone charger cord tried to play the victim when arrested, shouting that he was being assaulted by police.
Saturday night, June 29, officers were dispatched to a 10th Avenue home on a possible domestic call and met with the alleged victim. She told them a man named Joshua Ramirez assaulted her during an argument, then left the residence. At one point, a reportedly intoxicated Ramirez used the phone cord on her.
According to the police report, the woman had red, swollen whip marks on her shoulder and neck area, as well as fingernail marks on her shoulder and scratches on her jaw. She said it was not Ramirez’s first assault and she did not want him to return.
A patrolling officer found Ramirez, 32, outside the GS Market on 8th Avenue. As the officer stepped out of his vehicle, Ramirez reportedly started filming him on a cell phone and did not reply when asked about the alleged assault. According to the report, Ramirez turned belligerent and resisted attempts to handcuff him. Taken to the ground, Ramirez continued to resist, leading the officer to call for backup, and started screaming that he was being assaulted. The noise roused neighbors from their homes, but none tried to interfere with the arrest.
Though the officer finally managed to handcuff Ramirez, he reportedly continued trying to roll over and stand up. Other officers then arrived and secured him in a patrol vehicle. After being medically cleared at Mount Graham Regional Medical Center, Ramirez was booked into the Graham County Jail for assault/domestic violence, disorderly conduct/domestic violence and resisting arrest.