Contact: Alfonso Zavala, Lt. Darren Simmons or Deputy Roxanne Meyer
Phone: (928) 783-4427
DR# 2013-62117


12:45 PM, August 8, 2013

Theft Suspect


Location of Incident: Desert Area North of I-8 and Avenue 25E - Wellton, AZ

On August 6, 2013, at approximately 7:28 a.m., the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office received a report of male subject that had been electrocuted. During the investigation deputies learned that the male suspect was attempting to steal copper wire off of a wooden utility power pole, which was stapled to the pole and attached to a static line for grounding purposes. As the suspect pulled the copper wire off of the pole, it brushed up against the live power lines, delivering a 69,000 volt shock into the suspect’s body. The suspect survived the shock and was air lifted to the Maricopa County Burn Center in Phoenix. Suspect is listed in critical condition.

Suspect: Joshua Hess, 34 year old male of Wellton

imageJoshua Hess

The suspect is currently being investigated on numerous other scrap metal theft cases.

If anyone has any information related to the this case please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (928) 783-4427 or to remain annonymous 78-CRIME.

Information Released By: Alfonso Zavala, PIO