Mesa man changes plea to guilty in bad tip that led to bounty hunter raid

Posted at 6:06 PM, Jun 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 21:06:54-04

A man arrested in the case of an anonymous tip leading armed bounty hunters to swarm Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner's home last year has pleaded guilty.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say 29-year-old Aaron Michael Bray of Mesa changed his plea in the case Thursday and pleaded guilty to attempting to commit computer tampering.

He's scheduled to be sentenced on July 14.

Police say 11 bounty hunters mistakenly targeted Yahner's northwest Phoenix house last Aug. 4 after they were sent there by a text message to look for a suspect.

Police say Bray was responsible for providing the information and he was arrested on suspicion of computer tampering.

The owner of a bond-recovery company also was arrested after the incident and charged with criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.