Man jailed after allegedly assaulting wife

Contributed Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Ryan Rivers was booked into the jail on assault and disorderly conduct charges after allegedly pushing his wife during an argument as she attempted to leave him.

Alcohol likely a factor in criminal behavior

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – Ryan Rivers, 27, of Safford, was arrested Thursday, July 26, and booked into the Graham County Adult Detention Facility on charges of assault/domestic violence and disorderly conduct/domestic violence.

Rivers was already on probation after pleading guilty to charges of disorderly conduct/domestic violence and threatening or intimidating/domestic violence against the same victim.

The latter case against him arose after he allegedly pushed his wife into an entertainment center during an argument. The victim said Rivers’ alcohol consumption and violent behavior led her to seek a separation from the marriage and as she was packing some belongings Rivers attacked her. The victim did not require medical attention.

Rivers, who had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, told an officer that the separation itself caused him to drink alcohol to excess and that he only slightly pushed the victim. He did not believe his actions warranted police involvement.

The couple’s three children were interviewed and the oldest child reportedly told an officer that Rivers had pushed their mother.

Rivers was then placed under arrest for assault/domestic violence and disorderly conduct/domestic violence and was booked into the jail.