ARREST: Richard Gene Matera, 60, of Valle Vista

Posted Thursday, October 12th, 2017 at 3:37 PM

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Richard Gene Matera, 60, of Valle Vista, Tuesday (10/10) evening for criminal trespassing, a felony, and criminal damage, a misdemeanor.

Approximately 6:50 p.m., deputies responded to a disturbance at a residence in the 9600 block of N Pebble Drive.  The reporting party advised that Matera’s wife was at their residence and Matera is trying to break into his house.  Upon arrival, deputies contacted Matera in the road in front of the residence.  Matera said that he knocked on the neighbor’s door to try and contact his wife because he had property inside the house his wife had taken.

Deputies contacted the reporting party, an 81-year-old male victim.  The victim said that Matera was told numerous times to leave while Matera was pounding and kicking on his front door.  Deputies observed a damaged screen door, multiple dents in the main door and the door jamb was split near the lock.

Deputies contacted witnesses and they confirmed Matera had damaged the door and the frame.  Matera was taken into custody without incident.  He was transported and booked into the Mohave County Jail.

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