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9/15/2011 6:01:00 AM
Golden Valley residents hold burglar at gunpoint
Donald Branson
Donald Branson
Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Neighbors in Golden Valley who have been hit by a rash of break-ins held a suspected burglar at gunpoint Tuesday morning before he took off running.

The suspect, 30-year-old Donald Glen Branson of Golden Valley, was arrested a short time later after deputies tracked his path in the rain-soaked desert to a travel trailer in the 500 block of Ehrenburg.

The 70-year-old man who held Branson at gunpoint said his neighbor on Elgin Road called him to tell him he suspected someone had broken into the second home he owns across the street after he noticed the garage door open and then closed a few minutes later.

The man joined his neighbor on the property and intercepted Branson on his way out. The man, who asked that his name not be used, said he held Branson at gunpoint for what seemed like 20 minutes.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office said they first received the call as a possible burglary at 6:34 a.m., before the pair went to the property and intercepted the suspect. Deputies responded Code 3, meaning a priority response, when they were advised that the suspect was being held at gunpoint, said Trish Carter, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office. She added that multiple deputies as well as officers with the Department of Public Safety responded to the scene.

While they waited, Branson allegedly told the man that he was just trying to take some gasoline. The neighbor said the surrounding blocks have experienced a rash of burglaries where tens of thousands of dollars in tools, electronics and automobiles have been taken.

He said ignition wires ripped out of his neighbor's tractor and the fact that Branson had a trailer attached to his vehicle indicated to him that the suspect was most likely getting ready to steal the tractor out of the garage.

"It was obvious what he was doing," the man said.

The man said Branson ran after realizing that he wasn't going to shoot. Branson was found less than an hour later in the travel trailer. He reportedly had a flashlight and gloves on him when he was taken into custody.

The neighborhood has been hit with multiple break-ins in the last several weeks. Neighbors, as a result, have kept an even closer eye on each other's properties. The 70-year-old man said he believes there is a group of suspects targeting the area based on the number of suspicious vehicles seen trolling the streets. Neighbors have started recording the license plate numbers and asking the drivers what they are doing in the area.

Branson is charged with felony burglary and possession of burglary tools. He also had two outstanding misdemeanor warrants for failure to pay fines issued by Kingman Justice Court and a probation violation issued by Kingman Municipal Court.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, September 17, 2011
Article comment by: Annie Oakley


Excellent job neighbors! Thank you for looking out for each other and going after this jerk.

Nobody in their right mind would try to run because they thought the person holding the gun on them would not shoot. I would have fired a warning shot to scare the $&#$ out of him as he ran.

The law abiding citizens need to own guns and learn how to use them. We all must be responsible for protecting ourselves.

With the law enforcement response time here in GV, our family is committed to protecting ourselves. If anyone has the thought of coming into our yard and trying to do anything, please prepare to be shot. After a few diet cokes, we may then call the authorities [deleted].

Posted: Saturday, September 17, 2011
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Not To Be Negative

"Maybe not in this case, but it will be in others."

If you are hopeful, keep looking. I am sure that very rare exception will one day show up.

Posted: Friday, September 16, 2011
Article comment by: Not To Be Negative

@ Frank Lee Speaking

Maybe not in this case, but it will be in others.

Posted: Friday, September 16, 2011
Article comment by: for these politcalists

This has nothing to do with the political side of government its been falling apart far longer than we have been alive. The only problem is these [people] I dont care if they are poor or rich they have no respect for what is not theres. There are people who have actually worked hard AND now are on hard times and yet they get robbed cuz noone has respect for anything they just think lets live on the government food stamps, cash assistance, rent while they do that they go steal what they can from neighbors or vacant properties because they want to use it for drugs all these [people] I have seen driving down roads slowly are on drugs tweekers I say they wont bother getting a job cuz they have been up so many days cant pass no drug tests and rather drive around and steal what ever they can get there hands on we need to get these people out of our towns, neighborhoods they are nothing but bloodsuckers they have a big enough jail and banish these lowlifes!! AND OUR GOVERNMENT REALLY NEEDS TO START CRACKING DOWN ON THESE TWEEKERS AND DOING DRUG TESTS AND DROPPING THEM OFF FOOD STAMPS AND CASH ASSISTANCE AND HELP THE REAL PEOPLE WHO NEED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Friday, September 16, 2011
Article comment by: I stopped COUNTING

I looked at the public crime records for this poor downtrodden fellow as well. choke, choke....

I stopped counting at 45 because my eyes were burning...

I dont care what anyone thinks. Someone with more than 45 criminal counts on their record is a low life nobody that needs to be put away for a very long time. [Deleted].

Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Article comment by: Name Withheld

Good for these GV citizens. But these commenters are using their action to make there own point that isnt fair. Ive met plenty of poor families with good ethics... none of them would steal... dont blame the economy for poor ethics. I live in GV... while we have a fair share of low-income citizens, I dont assume they would all want to steal from me... if someone did, regardless of their income status, I have an alarm system... not because I'd wait for the police to respond and come to my rescue, but because it would alert me in time to get my semi-automatic shotgun! Not that i'd want to shoot anyone ever either, but, you enter my home, and threaten my security, I will defend it!

Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Article comment by: C D

You can't tell me that here in Golden Valley is the only place where the criminals are. I live in GV now for 5 yrs and have yet to have problems, I work in BHC and have seen and experienced more problems there. This is going to go on anywhere now adays with the wonderful president we have and the way our economics are going. If I am ever in a situation like that things might not turn out as they did in this case, I have the protection I have for a reason and I'm not afraid to use it.

Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Article comment by: Mo Money

Criminal rate has been going in waves lately,Please check actual stats. Local economy is definitely in dumps and population is in flux with people leaving and coming. Along with loses in population there have been job losses. I expect some with criminal nature will continue to commit crimes no matter what, and some honest will steal to feed their children.

No easy answer, afraid in times when criminals were considered little more than profit makers for companies, well there was no incentive to cure those that could be straightened out, now in hard times there will be no money for such programs. [Deleted].

I see such a potential dark future for our area locally and the entire world, this subject of crime will have a pivotal point in events. In '60's there were hippies and flower power and Gurus speaking peace with the Beatles. The young didn't care about money and would rather trade love beads for pot than get cash. Now the Drugs of choice are mainly deadly poisons mixtures of Drano and Bath Salts, and money is falling in value as local taxes climb. Get this: "GURU CALLS FOR DEATHS OF ALL DIRTY POLITICIANS" What you say? Gurus don't say stuff like that! They do now, and straight from India too, the real thing, real top Guru! So the old views are gone, kids don't want to pay social security from paycheck, neither did we as I recall, but now we walk a tightrope whose other end is in the Twilight Zone.

Oh try a Google search on that Guru statement above as I couldn't believe it either , just choose some keywords and search, I didn't check for exact headline, only a paraphrase but close. Only flower power today seems to be in poppy-fields of Afghanistan, and they want explosive not love-beads. Look around Kingman, does anyone have any answers or will our town die?

Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Article comment by: Arthur Rightis

"The man said Branson ran after realizing that he wasn't going to shoot."

Realized the man wasn't going to shoot??? Did this nitwit actually tell Branson not to worry, that he had no plans to shoot him???

And let me continue by addressing people who want to defend the actions of criminals by blaming it on the economy. This guy has a long record as do most of these [deleted] that show up on these arrest reports in the paper. Also, perhaps if he wouldn't blow his money on [deleted] he'd have some money in his pocket!

Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Article comment by: minnie mouse

@how typical I live in Golden Valley right now .... If I knew what it was like before I moved here.... I would have stayed away far far away... You have to sit with a shot gun and about your house when you leave I think it is TIME to leave... GOOD LUCK TO YOU

Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Article comment by: Bart Simpson

As economic conditions continue to erode, the crime rate will continue to rise. Always has, always will.

Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Not To Be Negative

"....but get ready for more of this sort of thing."

Judging from this guys record, I would say the down economy had nothing at all to do with his crime(s) in any way shape or form.

Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Article comment by: Joe Citizen

This incident should be a warning to thieves targeting local AZ residents. Owning guns and open carry of firearms is legal in AZ and most residents are armed. And neighbors also watch out for each other and most of them are also armed.
This burglar is very lucky he doesn't look like "Swiss Cheese" that is, full of bullet holes.
He's lucky.
As the economy gets worse and more thieves (Zombies) start robbing residents, the thieves aren't going to be so lucky, some of them will rob the wrong residence and end up very dead.
Should a total financial collapse occur and these thieves start burglarizing, they will be considered criminals and looters and shot on sight. "Open Season"
Hopefully, that won't happen, but just the same, anyone robbing residents here may find themselves at gunpoint, or shot to death in the commission of a felony crime, shot to death by the resident, or their neighbors.
As times get worse none of us will be tolerating thieves and we neighbors are all watching for them.
Let this case above be a warning..
Good job to the Armed Citizen for a successful and safe apprehending of the suspect!

Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking apologies. It appears that only 53 of the 54 records listed are his. Guess he is not as much of a career criminal as I first thought. LoL.

Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Article comment by: how typical

this is so typical I have noticed alot going on since I have lived out in GV people are also vandalizing housing stealing the electric, breaking windows, taking aluminum of trailers, and whats even worse they do it during the day time and when you call the cops they are pretty much long gone!!! If anyone has a vacant house make sure someone is watching it or else they will get to yours also!! I've seen them drive by slow on my road and I just sit with my shotgun by my side cuz I know what they are up to I can't leave my house for a day cuz I have to worry about thiefs!

Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Article comment by: Out raged

More to come? Definitely... Recovery? What recovery? What a joke that our government actually thinks they can fool us into believing we're in a "recovery" mode. Just more baloney they'd like us to believe. Fortunately, the majority of us don't believe a word of it. As for [people] like Branso? [Deleted]. You won't have to worry about jail time if you try to burglarize my place. As far as I'm concerned, you're a threat to me, my family, and my property, and you'll be dealt with "accordingly"

Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Article comment by: Not To Be Negative

Not to sound negative, but get ready for more of this sort of thing. I was listening to the news on the radio today, and they were saying that most economists believe we are going to slip back into another "recession" soon. I think it's more like a depression, but please tell me how we slip back into something we've never gotten out of in the first place.

What I'm saying is... as this drags on, more people will resort to this sort of thing. Take advantage of your gun laws people.

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