PRESCOTT, ARIZONA – Prescott police booked former Prescott Valley police officer Ronald Raney into the Yavapai County Jail on Monday on charges of aggravated assault after his ex-girlfriend told officers he choked her.
Officers also booked Jennifer Ann Booth, the ex-girlfriend, into the county jail on charges of felony criminal damage after they saw signs that her SUV collided with Raney’s car parked in the driveway of her home.
At 1:38 a.m., officers answered a call about a physical fight, found Booth in the garage of her home with a bloody lower lip, redness and scrapes on her neck, and took her from the area.
Officers called Raney’s phone and the home phone, and soon afterward he stepped out from the garage door, where officers handcuffed them.
Booth told officers that when she left work, she went to see her children at her parents’ house, learned that Raney was at her home, drove home, saw Raney’s car in her driveway, and found Raney inside her garage smoking a cigarette, according to the police report.
Booth told police she got out of her SUV, told Raney she needed a drink, went into the kitchen and drank a glass of wine before heading out to the garage where she and Raney smoked cigarettes together and talked, according to the police report.
Booth then told Raney she needed to take a bath and walked into the house, according to the police report. While she was taking a bath, Raney appeared in the bathroom and tried to join her, but Booth told the officer she didn’t want any part of that, so she got out of the bathtub, according to the police report.
Later, Booth told the officer she was standing near the kitchen table when Raney tackled her to the ground, sat on top of her, and starting choking her, according to the police report. Booth told the officer she fought back and, during the struggle, the kitchen table and chairs fell over.
When the officer asked Booth what made Raney stop, Booth said she told Raney she was sorry and wanted to be with him again, according to the police report. Booth told the officer that when Raney walked into a bedroom, she grabbed her phone, walked out of the house, and called 911.
When the officer asked Raney what happened, he replied, “whatever she told you is what happened.”
Raney resigned from the Prescott Valley Police Department in December 2010 after he was arrested on charges of assault per domestic violence and reportedly told officers both he and his girlfriend physically fought and broke each other’s property during an argument.
Raney, a 10-year veteran of the Prescott Valley Police Department, had been out on administrative leave in December for a prior incident, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police Department.
“The department was in the process of termination when he resigned,” Bonney said.