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Michael Ruiz

The 26-year-old man arrested on a felony warrant after a four-hour standoff with Yuma police at a motel earlier this year has been sentenced to a term of probation and time in jail.

During a hearing Wednesday, Superior Court Judge David Haws imposed 36 months of probation on Michael Ruiz for resisting arrest. As a condition of that probation, Haws also ordered that he serve 30 days in jail.

Ruiz, represented by attorney Julie McDonald, pleaded guilty to the offense in a plea agreement with prosecutors. In return for his guilty plea, two other cases against him were dismissed.

He had been charged with two counts of probation violation, two counts of aggravated assault per domestic violence and resisting arrest, all of which are felonies.

He had also been charged with unlawful use of means of transportation, criminal trespass, and shoplifting and was being held in Yuma County jail on a combined $65,000 in bonds.

On Monday, April 15, at about 10:25 a.m. Yuma police responded to the the Budgetel Inn & Suites, located at 1640 S. Arizona Ave., after a subject with a felony warrant, now known to be Ruiz, was sighted in the area.

Ruiz was later located in a room in the northwest corner of a building at the motel with an adult female and two children. When officers tried to make contact with Ruiz, he refused to come out of the room. He eventually surrendered at about 3 p.m.

The adult female and two children were uninjured. Ruiz, however, was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center for a previous injury before being booked.

During the standoff, officers evacuated that section of the motel and blocked off one of the parking lots. Harvest Preparatory Academy was also placed on lockdown.

Throughout the incident, Yuma police, along with Ruiz's parents, were heard over a loudspeaker trying to coax him into surrendering.

More than a dozen officers wearing tactical gear also surrounded the room and the building. Among them was a K-9 handler.

James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

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