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Day 12 Of “Catch 22” Focuses On Finding A Man Once Convicted Of Aggravated Assault And Trespassing In Cottonwood

Day 12 of Yavapai Silent Witness’ “Catch 22” program focuses on a man once convicted aggravated assault and criminal trespassing in Cottonwood back in 2021. On June 2nd, 2021, Cottonwood Police were called to the 500 block of West Ocotillo Street on a report of a disorderly person. Police say 24-year-old Ian Gage Mata was trying to enter multiple residences in the area and when he was confronted, he began cursing at them. When the first detective arrived, Mata was seen walking down the middle of the street. As the detective drove by, Mata yelled at him and flipped him off. Mata then ran at the detective’s vehicle confronting him and yelling at him in the middle of the road. He then ran from the detective as he attempted to divert traffic away from Mata. A second detective arrived and located Mata, who attempted to throw a street sign at his car. The detective attempted to get out of the car to confront Mata, who slammed the car door on the detective’s hand. Mata was taken into custody, despite kicking and resisting arrest. Mata was convicted of aggravated assault and criminal trespass and was sentenced to jail. He was later released and put on probation, which he has since violated. Mata is described as a black male, six-feet-three inches tall and weighs 187 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address was in the 41-hundred block of Huntington Drive in Flagstaff. Yavapai Silent Witness is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. If anyone has information about Mata, or his whereabouts, contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip online at yavapaisw.com.

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