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Briefs: Marine vet foils Arizona robbery by grabbing suspect's gun

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran who disarmed a teenage robbery suspect in an Arizona gas station by grabbing his gun says he was “doing what needed to be done.” (Public domain)

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran who disarmed a teenage robbery suspect in an Arizona gas station by grabbing his gun says he was “doing what needed to be done.” (Public domain)

YUMA – A U.S. Marine Corps veteran who disarmed a teenage robbery suspect in an Arizona gas station by grabbing his gun says he was “doing what needed to be done."

James Kilcer said he was talking to the clerk on Wednesday when the gun-pointing suspect entered the store with two companions.

“It was definitely not what I was expecting, but you always have to be ready for that kind of stuff," Kilcer told the Yuma Sun.

Kilcer, now a Army Yuma Proving Ground civilian employee, said the suspect and his companions were looking at the clerk, not him. “I scanned them for any other weapons and didn’t see any," Kilcer said. “I knew he was my guy at that point.”

Kicler sprang at the suspect, grabbed the gun and hit the suspect in the face with a bag of drinks.

Kilcer said he then held the suspect from behind at gunpoint as his two companions ran away. “I guess I was just in the right place at the right time,’’ Kilcer said. “I was doing what needed to be done.”

The 14-year-old suspect was booked into the county Juvenile Justice Center on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Inmate transport driver sentenced to life for sex assaults

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A prison transport driver convicted last year of sexually assaulting two female inmates was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus five years.

U.S. District Judge D.P. Marshall handed down the sentence to Eric Scott Kindley, 53, for the assaults and knowingly possessing a firearm to further a violent crime. Kindley sexually assaulted the women in 2014 and 2017 while transporting them between lockups on warrants.

Kindley operated his own private prisoner transport company that contracted with local jails throughout the country to transport individuals arrested on out-of-state warrants. The federal investigation into Kindley began when two women, housed together at a small jail in Arizona, reported that he sexually assaulted them during two separate trips.

Man found dead in Scottsdale canal was accidental drowning victim

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A 23-year-old man whose body was found in a Scottsdale canal in July apparently was intoxicated and drove a rented scooter into the water, according to authorities.

Scottsdale police said Wednesday that Robert “Bobby” Cuillo’s death has been ruled an accidental drowning by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office. They said the medical examiner’s report showed that Cuillo’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle.

His body was found July 19, two days after he was reported missing. Police said they were able to acquire the GPS and tracking information from the scooter Cuillo rented through his phone.

Family and friends of Cuillo said he lived in Old Town Scottsdale and would often walk to the neighborhood’s bars, shops and restaurants.

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