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12/30/2012 8:01:00 AM
Cornville man arrested in racially motivated assault
Logan James Spude
Logan James Spude

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office detectives served a warrant Christmas Day on Logan James Spude, 25, of Cornville on charges of aggravated assault, intentional injury to another, and disorderly conduct in connection with a racially motivated assault a year ago in the Village of Oak Creek.

At 2 a.m. on Dec. 25, 2011, YCSO deputies answered a call about Marvel Warren, 61, of the Village of Oak Creek being assaulted in the parking lot of the Full Moon Saloon at 7000 Highway 179 in the Village of Oak Creek.

Warren told deputies he was exiting the Full Moon Saloon with a man when a man, later identified as Spude, began yelling racial slurs at him regarding earlier contact with a white woman in the bar, said Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO spokesman.

Warren, who is African-American, told deputies that his friend tried to intervene and was pushed by Spude's friend standing nearby, then Spude knocked Warren to the ground, and punched him in the face causing serious injury to his right eye, D'Evelyn said.

During the assault, Warren told investigators Spude screamed the "N-word" after each blow, D'Evelyn said.

Spude's friend eventually pulled Spude off Warren, but the verbal racial slurs continued until they left, Warren told investigators.

Deputies met with the victim at the scene but didn't find any suspects. Most witnesses had also left and, when contacted within a few days of the incident, many claimed they could not remember details and names, D'Evelyn said.

The case was turned over to detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau.

"Throughout the investigation, witnesses were generally uncooperative, requiring multiple interviews," D'Evelyn said.

Over the following few months, detectives tracked down multiple witnesses in the area, and some who were now outside the United States.

Investigators determined the assault was racially motivated and that Spude was the primary suspect, D'Evelyn said.

On Tuesday, detectives found out that Spude was in custody at the Camp Verde Detention Center on unrelated charges and was being held without bond.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013
Article comment by: Distortion of Fact Doesn't Make Truth

Upon a review of Mr. Spude's , "long history of assault" you will find numerous traffic violations including, "failure to show financial responsibility" i.e. no insurance, DUI, drug paraphernalia, and yes one (1) disorderly conduct. Distorting the facts doesn't change the record! Obviously Mr Spude has a liquor problem! The "system" has not convinced him to get on and stay on program of abstinence. Until he pleads guilty or is found guilty of the assault charge he is presumed innocent!!! REGARDLES Mr Spude had better wise up and fast before he ruins is life for good! Replace alcohol in your life with something good, try Jesus!

Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Article comment by: Mr Spude has a long history of assault and has been charge with no less than 15 crimes

Look up his record. Time for a stretch in the big house.

Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Article comment by: Vincent Delgado

So far Mr. Spude has just been charged, not convicted. "What Spude did was inexcusable". In America you are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty! If there were witnesses they should do the "right" thing. But consider at 2am in a bar parking lot there's not a lot of credibility to be found! The only thing that makes this a "story" is the "racially motivated" part! Let's wait for the evidence and trial to see before we decide, you'll want that for yourself wouldn't you?

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012
Article comment by: To Those Witnesses ...

What Spude did was was the concealment of the witnesses. Shame on you all!

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