YCSO: Glendale sex offender arrested for assaulting deputies

Posted at 4:51 PM, Mar 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-01 14:09:25-04

A Glendale sex offender is back behind bars after resisting arrest, attempting to flee, and assaulting Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies.

According to YCSO officials, a deputy pulled over 62-year-old Mark Sims from Glendale after witnessing several traffic violations along Highway 89 and Willow Lake Road near Prescott Friday night.

After running Sims' license plate, records showed Sims had full extradition probation warrants from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. 

Officials say Sims immediately got out of his vehicle and began pacing back and forth in the road ignoring commands from the deputy to remain in his vehicle.

The deputy said Sims appeared very agitated and was yelling that he "was not going back to jail."

Another deputy arrived to assist, as Sims continued to ignore commands and refused to show his hands. Deputies say Sims appeared to be hiding something in his right hand. 

Sims then began running towards a nearby field. Deputies gave chase and eventually caught up to Sims. Sims continued resisting but was overpowered and handcuffed. Deputies recovered a knife at the scene of the struggle.

YCSO officials said when deputies tried to put Sims in the patrol car, he broke free and started running down the road. After another chase and a brief struggle, deputies were able to secure Sims and put him in the back of the patrol vehicle.

Sims is facing charges of resisting arrest, aggravated assault on law enforcement, escape, and failure to register as a sex offender. Sims had previously been convicted of child molestation.