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7/20/2013 1:36:00 PM
Too long on the road 

COTTONWOOD -- A couple of Verde Valley visitors, both 23 years old, had left Sedona and were rolling into Cottonwood when they began arguing.

The verbal fight continued in the parking lot of the Best Western motel.

A witness called police saying the man had pushed a woman down.

Jacob Andrew Merrill, of Arkansas, was eventually arrested and charged with assault by domestic violence against the Scottsdale woman and criminal damage of a truck.

Merrill, 23, said they were arguing back and forth when Merrill grabbed the woman's phone reportedly to call her mother, traveling in another car ahead of them.

He said he wanted to get a room to let things cool down.

The woman told police that Merrill had been comparing her to a former girlfriend and she grabbed to get her phone back.

He said she got upset and "came at him" and that their car bumped a truck in the parking lot and set off the alarm.

She attempted to slap at him and that he grabbed her wrist and began banging her around the car. He pushed the woman into the truck and then to the ground.

The girlfriend said Merrill kicked her while she was on the ground.  

The officer could see shoe prints on the woman's left thigh that appeared to have been made by Merrill's shoe.

She also had abrasions on her right shoulder and on her left ankle.

The truck suffered a small dent on the driver's side pillar from the collision.

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