Willcox man arrested after allegedly threatening juveniles in Daley Estates

Contributed Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Harold Lackner, 67, was booked into jail on charges of aggravated assault, endangerment, criminal damage, and threatening and intimidating.

By Jon Johnson


WILLCOX – A collaborative effort from law enforcement agencies in two different counties came together on Friday morning to apprehend a man who allegedly threatened juveniles in a Thatcher subdivision on Wednesday. 

Harold Lackner, 67, was taken into custody in Willcox at about 8:30 a.m. during a search of his residence. According to a press release from the Thatcher Police Department, Lackner was booked into the Cochise County Jail on multiple charges of aggravated assault, endangerment, criminal damage, and threatening and intimidating. 

Police believe Lackner allegedly threatened some juveniles in Daley Estates who were riding ATVs on Wednesday. The report also stated Lackner possibly used his vehicle to ram one of the ATVs that was being used by a juvenile.

The Thatcher Police’s investigation identified Lackner as the suspect in the case and on Friday morning officers from the Thatcher and Safford police departments located Lackner in Willcox. They then took Lackner into custody with the assistance of the Willcox Police Department and Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.  

“I am very proud of the effort that our officers gave during this case,” said Thacher Police Chief Shaffen Woods in the release. “Additionally, we are very thankful for the assistance and cooperation we received from Willcox Police Department, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and Willcox and Safford police departments.”

“We appreciate the public’s help and patience during this long investigation and we are happy to bring this case to a safe resolution.