Yuma, AZ- It has been exactly 9 days since a prisoner escaped from the custody of Yuma City Court Officers.More >>
Yuma, AZ- It has been exactly 9 days since a prisoner escaped from the custody of Yuma City Court Officers. Raul Dominguez, 28, has not yet been found, despite the efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies.More >>
YUMA - Yuma police say Raul Andres Dominguez is an illegal immigrant with a hold on him from U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS). The Yuma County Sheriff's Office booked him into jail MondayMore >>
Yuma police say Raul Andres Dominguez is an illegal immigrant with a hold on him from U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS). He escaped from Yuma Municipal Court Officers yesterday around noon and disappeared last night near the border.More >>
Web Reporter: Lucy Valencia, Assignment Desk Editor YUMA, Ariz. (KSWT News 13) - Police are looking for a prisoner escapee. Police say that the escapee, 28-year-old Raul Dominguez, was last seen aroundMore >>
Yuma, AZ- This is a serious, serious thing when a criminal in handcuffs and shackles escapes and hijacks a vehicle on the busiest intersection in our community. We ought to have some answers," says Mayor Al Krieger.
Mayor Krieger, "Yes, I think they should be far more transparent."
Clearly something went horribly wrong and procedures need to be looked at right?
Mayor Krieger, "Well I would think so, I think that we deserve, the city council deserves a full accounting and a full reporting of what happened, how it happened, and what procedures are going to be implemented to ensure this doesn't happen again."
Why do you think the city isn't answering our questions, just basic questions that we learned we could easily find online?
Mayor Krieger, "Well I can't speak for them but I can say that any negative view of the city is met with resistance, the city staff I'll say is inclined not to have things shown in a negative light".
Do you think our questions are fair- the basic ones?
Mayor Krieger, "Well absolutely, any question is a fair question. I will say that probably much of that information is online and available, people can google it. But, I think that the city should take a position of being helpful and saying this is where you go online to find that information, in fact I've got it right here, this is what it is. That's the roll of the city. We're owned by the taxpayers, that's who we work for."
"The Freedom of Information Act, people have a right to get the information in a timely manner is what the law says, and it's not happening here."
Who holds the city accountable?
Mayor Krieger, "Well
ultimately the taxpayers should hold the city accountable."
Raul Dominguez, 28, has not yet been found, despite the efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies.
Dominguez escaped from Yuma Municipal Court Officers while shackled. He had been arrested the night before he escaped on immigration charges and for assaulting law enforcement officers, among other charges.
He then carjacked a mini van and drove toward the border, where he was able to lose officials in the thick area brush. Police have not ruled out that Dominguez may have escaped to Mexico.
Meanwhile KSWT News 13 viewers are asking how a prisoner was able to escape from city court while chained in shackles?
As journalists we understand that police cannot release information that could jeopardize the investigation.
But so far the City of Yuma refuses to answer basic questions that do not pertain to the investigation and are simply a matter of public record. Questions you the taxpayer deserve to know! Who holds city court officers accountable? How much do they get paid? Who oversees their training?
To date the city will not give us direct answers. They refer us to the police department.
The police department then refers us back to City Hall.
Today, we tried again to get answers.
Contrary to the belief that city court officers are employees of a private security company we've confirmed that's not the case.
According to the city's website City Court Officers are city employees who earn between $25 to 50 thousand per year.
In other words they are paid by you the taxpayer. Some of their duties include transporting prisoners, monitoring closed circuit TV and security alarm systems, and maintain proper security presence.
To get hired the minimum qualification includes a high school diploma and at least 2 years responsible law enforcement experience.
A witness who does not want to be identified tells us Raul Dominguez was also wearing handcuffs along with shackles around his ankles; originally police only told us he had on shackles.
A spokesperson for the city would only tell me that the procedures on how prisoners are transferred from county Jail to City Court will be looked at.
Email Alert Sign Up
Sign up here to receive breaking news stories from KSWT.com and morning updates to your email inbox.
YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – In a massive drug sting aimed at one of the most powerful Mexican drug cartels, the Imperial Valley Narcotics Task force arrested ten drug smugglers trafficking meth andMore >>
In a massive drug sting aimed at one of the most powerful Mexican drug cartels, the Imperial Valley Narcotics Task force arrested ten drug smugglers trafficking meth and cocaine across the border from Mexicali.More >>
HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A Texas middle school principal has been placed on paid leave after she banned the speaking of Spanish by students while in class. A Hempstead school district spokeswoman confirmsMore >>
A Texas middle school principal has been placed on paid leave after she banned the speaking of Spanish by students while in class.More >>
(WSCR) Here's something you don't see every day. During this weekend's rivalry game between Arizona and Arizona State an old man got into a shouting match with a young ASU fan before kicking the youngMore >>
During this weekend's rivalry game between Arizona and Arizona State an old man got into a shouting match with a young ASU fan before kicking the young man in the face.More >>
TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) - A Riverside County father and teen daughter have each been placed on four years' probation after pleading guilty to charges in a vigilante attack on a man the girl had accused ofMore >>
The girl claimed Cruz raped her in November 2012 after she passed out after drinking alcohol at his home.More >>
Fortuna Foothills, AZ - The Arizona Department of Transportation has closed a section of eastbound Interstate 8 east of Yuma due to a semi-truck fire. All eastbound I-8 motorists are being detoured atMore >>
The Arizona Department of Transportation just reopened a section of eastbound Interstate 8 east of Yuma after a semi-truck fire. All eastbound I-8 motorists were being detoured at Fortuna Road through Dome Valley to return back to I-8 in Wellton at Exit 29.More >>
Todd Mills, the man who originated an idea that eventually became the Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Taco, passed away last week at the age of 41 after a battle with brain cancer. Mills, who passed away onMore >>
Todd Mills, the man who originated an idea that eventually became the Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Taco, passed away last week at the age of 41 after a battle with brain cancer.More >>
Yuma-It's been five days since a homeowner shot and killed a 19 year old man who broke into his home in Somerton in the middle of the night. However, Yuma County Sheriff deputies investigating the caseMore >>
It's been five days since a homeowner shot and killed a 19 year old man who broke into his home in Somerton in the middle of the night.More >>
Arizona's workplace safety agency is recommending that the state Forestry Division pay a nearly $560,000 fine in the deaths of 19 firefighters.More >>
An Arizona commission that oversees workplace safety blamed the state's Forestry Division on Wednesday for the June deaths of 19 firefighters, saying state fire officials knowingly put protection of property ahead of...More >>