Suspects posing as U.S. Marshals assault 2 in Mohave County home invasion: Sheriff’s Office
GOLDEN VALLEY, Ariz. – Three masked men who posed as US Marshals officials and assaulted two people during a home invasion in the Golden Valley have been arrested, authorities said.
The Mohave County The sheriff’s office said deputies responded just before 5 a.m. on Aug. 10 at a home near Shipp Drive and Verde Road after three suspects wearing camouflage and face masks allegedly identified themselves as part of the US Marshals Office, demanding to be let into the house.
“Occupants of the residence asked the subjects to show their identification to confirm they were with the marshal’s office,” the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said. “The suspects were unable to show law enforcement credentials and residents refused to let the subjects in.”
The suspects then allegedly kicked down the door and were armed with a shotgun, rifle, two handguns and a baseball bat.
One of the residents was led into a back room by one of the suspects before the other two residents were beaten with the bat by a suspect.
The suspects fled. The victims were taken to a hospital in Kingman and are expected to survive.
Detectives then served a search warrant at four separate homes near Highway 68 and two men, Jason Wortman, 45, and Mark Hutchins Jr., 35, were arrested.
“The firearms, bat, clothing and masks used in this incident have been recovered,” the sheriff’s office said.
A third suspect, Humberto Perez, 60, was later taken into custody in Las Vegas.
From left to right: Jason Wortman, Mark Hutchins Jr. and Humberto Perez (Mohave County Sheriff’s Office)
Investigators say Perez had recently received a protective order from his estranged wife for domestic violence and was kicked out of his home a month before the home invasion.
Perez allegedly asked Wortman and Hutchins to help him recover property from his home “under the pretense that his ex-wife’s new boyfriend was physically abusing his disabled son.”
“The men armed themselves and proceeded to the residence,” the sheriff’s office said. “Once home, Perez escorted his adult son to a back room. Perez then came out and began beating both his ex-wife and his mother with the baseball bat.”
Both Wortman and Hutchins stopped Perez from continuing the assault and the three men fled the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.
Wortman and Hutchins were arrested and jailed for burglary and aggravated assault.
Perez was arrested and taken to a Nevada prison where he awaits extradition to Arizona. He is also charged with burglary and aggravated assault.