SPD receives five calls for service regarding same intoxicated vagrant in two days

Contributed Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Jonathan Wilson file photo

By Jon Johnson


SAFFORD – Police were called regarding trespassing or an unwanted subject involving Jonathan Wilson, 51, of Bylas, five times over the course of two days last week.

An officer was initially dispatched at about 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 to the Shining Times Car Wash at 1441 W. Thatcher Blvd. regarding a trespassing call. The subject, Wilson, had previously been trespassed from the business and was reportedly begging for money from patrons.

Upon arrival, the officer apprehended Wilson for criminal trespassing in the third degree and noted Wilson was “obviously intoxicated.” However, Wilson was not able to complete a portable breath test to determine the level of intoxication and he declined medical treatment. Wilson was then transported to the Gila River at his request.

Less than three hours later, an officer was dispatched to the Stargazer 5 movie theater regarding an unwanted subject. Movie theater staff advised that an intoxicated man watching the movie “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” had befouled the area around him and was yelling, cursing, laughing nonstop and belching loudly while making a mess of the area with his popcorn.

The officer contacted the man, identified as Wilson, and he said he didn’t want to leave because he had read the book. Eventually, Wilson agreed to leave the theater and was allowed to go free.

The following morning an officer was dispatched at about 5:40 a.m. regarding Wilson lying on the bathroom floor of McDonald’s and cursing and bothering patrons. The officer noted Wilson had previously been trespassed from McDonald’s and that due to his intoxication level the jail would not accept him. The officer forwarded trespassing charges and Wilson left the area on foot.

At about 6:30 a.m., an officer was dispatched back to McDonald’s for Wilson trespassing there again and located Wilson as he was walking through the Speedway gas station parking lot at 1780 W. Thatcher Blvd. Again, Wilson wasn’t able to perform a portable breath test and refused medical treatment. He was transported to the area behind the Natural Remedy Patient Center medical marijuana dispensary, where he was left in the care of some friends.

However, at about 7:20 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the Circle K at 1123 W. Thatcher Blvd. regarding Wilson, who was an unwanted subject who was trespassing.

Upon arrival, store employees advised Wilson was in the store harassing customers and staff and had left just before the officer arrived. The officer located Wilson at Firth Park across the street and he advised he wanted to go to his family’s residence in Bylas.

Wilson was then transported to the general store in Bylas at his request and released.

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