Jan 082014

A Taylor woman was arrested Dec. 26 in connection with an alleged kidnapping and assault that occurred in Snowflake, and her son was arrested early the following morning after a five-hour standoff.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26, a 30-year-old woman came into the Snowflake-Taylor Police Station to report that for the past two days she had been assaulted and held against her will at gunpoint by her boyfriend of seven months, Rex McKrill, 34, of Snowflake, and his mother, Lou Lippard, 54, of Taylor.
According to Police Chief Jerry VanWinkle, the victim wanted to leave the house and go to Phoenix to visit her children for Christmas. McKrill reportedly became upset and followed her to a van outside of the residence. A physical confrontation took place when McKrill grabbed her by the hair and threw her into the driver’s seat of the van. During the altercation Lippard came out of the house, grabbed the victim’s left hand and took a ring off of her finger, injuring her finger. McKrill then drug the victim back into the house and took her into a bedroom, where he assaulted her multiple times. McKrill pointed a gun at her and told her that if she tried to leave or call the police, he would kill her.
The victim escaped the following day and went to the police station to make the report.
The Snowflake-Taylor Police Department and Navajo County sheriff’s personnel responded to the residence and set up a perimeter around the house at about 6:45 p.m.
Lippard came out of the residence about 20 minutes after the officers’ arrival and was placed under arrest without incident. She is charged with aggravated assault, facilitation of violation of an order of protection and robbery.
McKrill reportedly refused to come out of the house.
Police maintained the perimeter and requested assistance from the Show Low Special Response Team. After the SRT negotiator’s attempt to talk McKrill out failed, the SRT made entry into the home at about 12:40 a.m. on Dec. 27. McKrill was arrested without further incident. He is charged with aggravated assult with a deadly weapon/domestic violence, aggravated domestic violence, criminal damage/domestic violence, disobeying a court order, and two counts each of assault/domestic violence, kidnapping/domestic violence and resisting arrest.
No injuries were sustained by McKrill or law enforcement.
McKrill and Lippard were booked into the Navajo County Jail in Holbrook.
VanWinkle offered his thanks to the officers of the STPD, the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office and the Show Low SRT for their assistance with this incident. Their cooperation made it possible for a peaceful resolution to a volatile situation.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, even more so than car accidents, muggings, and rapes. (Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of investigation, 2011)
Of females killed with a firearm, almost two-thirds were killed by their intimate partners. (U.S. Department of Justice, 2003)
“Please report all domestic violence situations so that early intervention may be implemented as an effort to reduce violence and abuse in the homes of our citizens,” said VanWinkle.