Two men booked into jail for assault at Firth Park

Contributed Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Jeremy Hooke, left, and Ivan Hunter were both booked into the jail on charges of assault and disorderly conduct.

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – Two intoxicated males were arrested for assault and disorderly conduct after allegedly beating an acquaintance at Firth Park on Monday, March 25. 

Ivan Hunter and Jeremy Hooke were both booked into the Graham County Adult Detention Facility after being located in an alleyway off Stratton Drive. The men were found with a pint of whiskey and were reportedly obviously intoxicated. 

Officers were disputed to the park at about 1 p.m. regarding a fight in progress. Upon arrival, they located a victim who required medical attention for a laceration to his chin. The victim reportedly identified his attackers as Hunter and Hooke. 

During questioning, Hooke allegedly said he hit the victim in his face with a small portable speaker because the victim was talking to his wife and that made him jealous. A speaker was found in Hooke’s possession. 

Hunter claimed he just broke up the fight between the two men but surveillance footage and witnesses advised otherwise. Video from the park showed Hooke initially punch the victim in the face and then while the two men were engaged with each other Hunter came up from behind and punched the victim in his face as well. Hooke and Hunter then left the scene. 

Both men were arrested for assault and disorderly conduct and were booked into the jail.