Mitchell Owens, 49, allegedly held family member at gunpoint at Payson residence
On June 10, officers of the Payson Police Department were called to a residence on the north side of Payson in reference to a domestic violence situation. The overall investigation indicated that a subject, identified as Mitchell Owens, 49, of Payson, held another family member at gun point and that family member was afraid to leave the residence for most of the day. Eventually, the family member fled the residence and police were contacted.Owens is a Gulf War veteran and is believed to have severe mental health issues.
The Special Response Team was called out and made entry to the residence. However, Owens was no longer at the residence. It was determined that Owens had fled to the Phoenix area. With the assistance of police agencies, specifically Scottsdale Police Department and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, extensive efforts were made to locate Owens but initially were unsuccessful. A warrant was then issued for Owens on charges related to aggravated assault.
On or about June 17, Owens was located in the Kingman area and arrested. He will be transported back to Gila County.