According to El Mirage Police Department Spokesman Detective Robert Peoples, twenty-one-year-old (21) Nicholas Yeargin was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault in connection with a shooting in El Mirage. On Wednesday, at approximately 8:15 a.m., Mr. Yeargin allegedly shot a twenty-one-year-old (21) man, whose name has not been released, multiple times during a verbal altercation at the Casa Mirage Apartments in El Mirage. The victim of the shooting was airlifted to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital where he underwent surgery for multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and is now in stable condition. Detective Peoples said that Mr. Yeargin fled the scene before Officers arrived. However, Wednesday evening, the El Mirage Police Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force received an anonymous tip as to the location of Mr. Yeargin. Police arrested Mr. Yeargin on Thursday near 129th Avenue and Cactus Road.
According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1204, “A person commits aggravated assault . . . under any of the following circumstances: (1) If the person causes serious physical injury to another. (2) If the person uses a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument . . . .” Under Arizona law, aggravated assault is a Class 3 Felony. If convicted of aggravated assault in Arizona, a person will likely face five (5) to fifteen (15) years in prison for the first conviction, ten (10) to twenty (20) years in prison for the second conviction, and fifteen (15) to twenty-five (25) years in prison for the third conviction.
If you have been charged with aggravated assault, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Oracle Law Group for assistance with your criminal case.