Hector Valenzuela and Juan Uriarte Arraigned Tuesday

Hector Valenzuela and Juan Uriarte Arraigned Tuesday


YUMA, AZ - Hector Valenzuela, a 19 year employee for the City of Yuma went before the Superior Court with his defense attorney by his side.

In October Valenzuela was charged with fraudulent schemes and artifices, trafficking stolen property and theft.

A month long investigation by the Yuma Police Department revealed Valenzuela had $23,000 worth of stolen property in his Somerton home including gas, lawn and garden supplies from the City of Yuma. Valenzuela's entered a plea of not guilty to all three counts. He's scheduled to be back in court in December.

The city of Yuma tells News 13...Valenzuela's employment status has been terminated and the city intends to prosecute to the fullest extent possible by law.

Also in court with a public defender by his side was 19-year-old Juan Uriarte. Uriarte remained in custody after being charged with robbery, assault and resisting arrest last month. Welton Police say Uriarte verbally threatened and used physical force to intimidate a disabled man off his bicycle.

Uriarte's attorney pleaded not guilty on his behalf. His defense attorney requested a conditions of release hearing. Uriarte is scheduled to be back in court next month.



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