Parking in street leads to assault on police, sex bribe, drug arrests

Washington City Police patrol car, stock image | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY — An investigation into a car parked in a Washington City street Monday led to the arrest of a man and woman on a slew of charges, including an alleged sex bribe, assault on police and interference with police, among others.

Officers were patrolling the area of 100 North and 100 East when they initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that was stopped in a traffic lane approximately three feet from the curb, according to a probable cause statement filed by the Washington City Police Department in support of the arrest.

Roberto Maximillian Serrano, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted April 25, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News  
Roberto Maximillian Serrano, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted April 25, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

The driver of the vehicle provided police with a name and date of birth but said he didn’t have identification on him. When police ran the provided name and date of birth through Spillman, the driver’s license photo didn’t appear to be the same person, the arresting officer wrote in a sworn statement.

Police then ran the information of the registered owner of the vehicle, Roberto Maximillian Serrano, of St. George, and found that the photo matched the driver, the report stated. Police also found that Serrano had a suspended driver’s license with an ignition interlock restriction.

As Serrano exited the car, a female passenger — identified as Caitlin Maycock, of Washington — began arguing with officers while attempting to exit the car several times, the officer stated. Police ordered Maycock to stay inside the vehicle.

“I was able to gather enough information to show that the driver was in fact Roberto and moved to place him in custody,” the officer stated. “At this time, Roberto spun and broke free from my grasp.”

Serrano allegedly continued to fight, and officers were forced to take him to the ground to gain control of him, the report stated.

Once Serrano was in handcuffs, officers tried to stand him up. However, Serrano allegedly told officers he was not going to comply, and he allegedly “did everything in his power to make it difficult to stand him up,” the officer stated. Officers kept a TASER pressed to Serrano’s back while he was searched to ensure his compliance but never activated or deployed the TASER on Serrano.

Caitlin Maycock, of Washington, Utah, booking photo posted April 25, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News 
Caitlin Maycock, of Washington, Utah, booking photo posted April 25, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

“As we were fighting with Roberto, Caitlin again became involved arguing and yelling and exiting the vehicle,” the officer wrote in the statement.

During a search of Serrano’s vehicle, officers located heroin and items of drug paraphernalia, the officer stated. Maycock allegedly told police she had a syringe hidden in her buttocks. The syringe had a clear liquid in the cap that “appeared to be prepared drugs for use.”

Serrano and Maycock were both arrested and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

During transport to the jail, Maycock allegedly began making statements to the arresting officer that led him to believe she was propositioning him with sex in exchange for letting her go free, according to the statement. However, the officer refused Maycock’s bribes and booked her into jail.

The Washington County Attorney’s Office filed an information in 5th District Court accusing Maycock of third-degree felony offering a bribe to a public servant, class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and two class B misdemeanor counts of interference with an arresting officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Judge John J. Walton, of the 5th District Court, ordered $3,000 bail for Maycock’s release pending trial. She was found indigent by the court during her initial court appearance Tuesday and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Michael Lastowski. She is scheduled to make her next court appearance May 2.

The county attorney’s office filed an information accusing Serrano of two third-degree felony counts of damaging a jail; three class A misdemeanor counts of assault against a police officer, providing false information to a police officer and possession of a controlled substance; three class B misdemeanor counts of interference with an arresting officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to install an ignition interlock device; class C misdemeanor driving on a suspended license and an infraction for parking a vehicle on the street.

Judge G. Michael Westfall, of the 5th District Court, ordered $10,000 bail for Serrano’s release pending trial. He was found indigent by the court during his initial court appearance Tuesday and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Jay Winward.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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