McCain staffer arrested at Prescott casino

Posted at 6:11 PM, Mar 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 00:26:06-05

A staffer for Sen. John McCain's 2016 U.S. Senate campaign will face federal charges after a Feb. 23 disorderly conduct arrest stemming from allegedly ripping a sign off a Prescott casino.

Blaze Lawrence Baggs, 23, was at Bucky's Casino in Prescott around 11:37 p.m. Feb. 22 when he attempted to tear down a "Casino Shuttle" sign on a wall. 

According to Yavapai Prescott Tribal Police officer J. Meza, Baggs tore down the sign before keeping it in his possession while waiting for a friend. After showing his friend the sign, Baggs tossed it into the air and enters the casino. 

Meza arrested Baggs shortly after midnight on a disorderly conduct charge after reviewing the surveillance video. Baggs was given a permanent ban from all Yavapai casinos. Bucky's is apart of the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe.

Lorna Romero, McCain's campaign spokeswoman, told ABC15 Monday that Baggs is still employed by the campaign. 

“An unfortunate action was taken by a campaign staff member a few weeks ago, which is being addressed through the judicial process. Additional disciplinary actions are being taken by the campaign," Romero said.

According to court documents, Baggs will face federal charges at a "later date." 

He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing at the Prescott Justice Court on April 4 at 8 a.m.