Golden Valley residents hold burglar at gunpoint

Donald Branson

Donald Branson

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.