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PCSO deputy rammed by suspect's car, three arrested in string of crimes

VIDEO: Suspect rams PCSO deputy's vehicle
Posted at 5:57 AM, Sep 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 15:57:47-04

Three people were arrested after Pinal County Sheriff's officials were able to connect them to a string of crimes over the past week.

The crimes were discovered after an investigation into a driver who rammed a vehicle into a deputy and his patrol unit.

PCSO says it happened just after midnight Wednesday and it was all caught on camera.

In the video, you can see the deputy pull over the 21-year-old driver. Immediately, the driver gets out of the car with his hands up. As the deputy walks up to him, he suddenly jumps back in the car, slams the door and the brake lights go on.

The deputy lunges into the driver's side window trying to stop him but the suspect breaks away and throws the vehicle into drive. He does a loop on someone's lawn and rams the deputy's car as he tries to get away.

That busted the suspect's vehicle so he bailed but was eventually found trying to hide at a bus stop among children. 

He was arrested and identified as Charles Butler, a resident of Coolidge. Once they arrested him, they started to put together a few crimes in the area.

We're told Wednesday morning, a woman called 911 saying her car and rifle had been taken from her home.

Deputies believe Butler broke into this woman's house and stole those items, all while she and her disabled son were sound asleep.

Then, investigators learned he sold the gun to 26-year-old Tadeo Bravo-Cortez in exchange for drugs.

They found Bravo-Cortez near Vah Ki Inn Road and SR-287 but when they tried to pull him over, he also took off.

Eventually, he crashed and police found him with 20-year-old Erika Norris in the passenger seat. 
They found the stolen rifle as well.

Bravo-Cortez is charged with felony flight, possession of stolen firearms, misconduct involving weapons, dangerous drugs, tampering with evidence, and drug paraphernalia.

Norris is being charged with possession of stolen firearms, misconduct involving weapons, dangerous drugs, and drug paraphernalia.

Butler is charged with assault against a police officer, aggravated assault with injury, resisting arrest, endangerment, and burglary.

The deputy who was struck by Butler was treated and is expected to be OK.