Mom, Deputy Dispute Claims about Inmate’s Arrest

Feb 16, 2012 by

This mugshot apparently shoes Stout unconscious and being propped up by an officer following his Feb. 2, arrest in Bullhead City.

The mugshot of Robert Stout, above, released by BHCPD on Feb. 3, is said to be seven years old. At left, a mughot apparently showing Stout unconscious and being propped up by an officer during booking at the Kingman Jail following his Feb. 2, arrest in Bullhead City.

By BRIDGET LEWISON
Special to the Independent

BULLHEAD CITY — A Mohave County Sheriff’s Office deputy says he is “disgusted” about the treatment of a Bullhead City man earlier this month.

The man’s mother also is speaking out about her son’s condition.

According to a Bullhead City Police Department press release, on Feb. 2, Robert Eugene Stout, 32, was arrested in Bullhead City after Mohave Area General Narcotics Team (MAGNET) detectives saw Stout carrying a safe on Colorado Boulevard near Hancock Road. Stout threw the safe at officers and ran. He was tasered after a foot pursuit, at which time he allegedly was found to be in possession of 26.5 grams of methamphetamine and 5.5 grams of marijuana. He was taken into custody, transported to the county jail, and booked for aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The MCSO deputy, speaking on condition of anonymity, and Theresa Stout, the suspect’s mother, say BHCPD isn’t telling the whole story. Both are saying Stout was severely beaten before arriving in Kingman for booking, and the suspect was in such
bad condition in his booking photo that police instead released a 7-year-old photo of him to the media.

Bullhead City Police Department spokeswoman Emily Montague said Monday when Stout was tasered, he “landed face first on the road, causing a facial injury/bleeding.”

Her statement continues: “The officers immediately called for paramedics. Stout was transported to WARMC. He was released into police custody after he was deemed by WARMC medical staff to be cleared for incarcerations. Medical staff advised he had some non-displaced facial fractures that should heal on their own.”

Before contacting Stout, Montague said detectives had received information he had a handgun in his possession, but it was found he had no weapon.

The deputy said when Stout arrived in Kingman for booking, he was in a wheelchair, immobile and non-responsive, with contusions and still had dirt in his eye from where he apparently fell on the ground. “Our medical staff didn’t want to receive custody of him.”

The deputy said Stout was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center, where he was cleaned up and released after hospital staff examined negative CT scan results from WARMC.

Stout was returned to the jail facility for booking about 5:30 a.m. Feb. 3, at which time the deputy said Stout was still unresponsive. He said Stout was sent back to KRMC, at which time another CT scan was taken, which showed multiple brain bleeds and a possible aneurysm. Stout was then flown immediately to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas.

Stout has since returned to the county jail medical facility. He was scheduled for a court appearance on Feb. 10, but the deputy said Stout was still in no condition to attend. The deputy said Stout is improving and he believes he will eventually recover.

The deputy said two booking photos were taken of Stout, one in Bullhead City and one at the county jail, with both images showing Stout being propped up by officers. The deputy also said the probable cause statement appears to be missing from Stout’s file.

MCSO spokeswoman Trish Carter said Tuesday the office is looking into what took place at the point Stout was taken into custody in Kingman.

Carter also confirmed the county jail physician would not accept custody of Stout until he was seen at KRMC. “One day later, he was returned to KRMC and life flighted to Sunrise Hospital where he stayed overnight and released back to the county jail the next day,” she said.

Theresa Stout said in the early morning hours before Stout’s arrest, “the police broke down my front door … looking for my son and just tore my home up.”

She said she asked the police if they had a warrant for her son’s arrest, but they indicated they only had a warrant to search her house. She also said her son called her home to talk to one of the officers, and the unidentified officer, who was wearing a mask, got angry and said “Well, I will just shoot him when I see him.”

She was allowed one limited visit with her son last week, and said he didn’t know where he was. She said she also noticed his hands “truly look like they were been stepped on” and his face was cut and bruised on both sides. “I work in the medical field and some bruises do not show for a few days.”

She also said Bullhead City Police Capt. Mark Moss asked her why she had been speaking with the media.

“My son is still not in good condition,” she said. “There is a lot behind all this mess the police keep hidden from my family and friends. I know the truth.”

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  1. Jen

    This is crazy! His charges are charges that thoasands of people get arrested for EVERY day. He did not deserve to get beat like this. If he was tased and he happened to “fall” on his face, he would not look the way he does in photos, and have brain bleeds! He would not have still been unresponsive almost 12 hours later!!! Stories like this make me sick. I try to teach my kids to trust the police, but then police like these idiots make them all look bad. I really hope that something is done to stop these officers from doing it again. We do not need these kind of police protecting us. They are just as bad as the people they are arresting. If they would have just tased him like they said they did, they could have cuffed him and taken him to jail, but I think it is pretty obvious that THAT is not what happened here…

    • Margaret

      In my day we did not have tasers, and we never had people look like this, this is an outrage.Police used to be somewhat honerable but no more. every abuse is made to sound like it was all the persons fault, people let it go , until it happens to one of their family. Police take their power and abuse it and they should be fired not given leave with pay. This kid should hire an out of state lawyer and sue them. This is happening more and more as the police hire veterans that have seen active duty and are trained to kill. The officers invovled should be fired and the hospital staff that released him to go to the jail should be sued also. This is not from falling on the ground, this is from abuse, and hatefulness.

    • Margaret

      Why are these police thugs wearing masks? This is a big outrage. The police have turned into what they are supposedly fighting. this kid looks like someone tried to kill him and thank god did not succeed.

  2. jadawn

    Sounds to me that there needs to be an in-depth investigation by an outside agency into how this young man sustained these horrible injuries. He has clearly been beaten and could have very well died. I hold officers of the law to a higher standard, we all do. We spend thousands of dollars for them to be properly trained on how to apprehend a suspect with the minimum amount of harm. This is not a minimum of anything. Hope the mom files a lawsuit.

  3. STRJOSEPH

    I AGREE WITH THE TWO FOLLOWING COMMENTS COMPLETELY AND STOUT STILL IS NOT IN THE CONDITION TO STAY IN STATES CUSTODY HE NEEDS 24 HOUR MEDICAL TREATMENT. STOUT STILL SUFFERS FROM SHORT TERM MEMORY LOSS AND STILL HAS SWELLING ON HIS BRAIN. AN ATTORNEY IS ON THE CASE PAYED FOR BY STOUTS GIRLFRIEND AND HAD HIM TAKEN TO A SPECIALIST YESTERDAY STILL AWAITING ON RESULTS OF TESTS TAKEN. BUT I REALLY HOPE THAT ONE OF THE INVOLVED OFFICERS COMES FORTH WITH THE TRUTH IS THEY KNOW WHATS BEST! ALL OF MOHAVE COUNTY APPRECIATE THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW PROVIDED BUT IN THIS ONE CASE CAN MAKE THE WHOLE COUNTY IN FEAR OF WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO KEEP US SAFE FROM HARM AND CRIME. TO THOSE WHO KNEW STOUT THIS STORY TOLD AND SHOWING HIS CONDITION IS NOT ONLY SICKENING BUT DEVASTATING. STOUT WOULD DO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING TO HELP EVERYONE AROUND HIM NO MATTER WHAT IT TOOK. HE MAY HAVE BEEN IN POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES BUT NEVER IN HISTORY HAVE ANYONE SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS AND FROM OUR OFFICERS AND TO SAY THE LEAST STOUT CAN’T REMEMBER ANYTHING ABOUT THAT WEEK PRIOR TO THIS INCIDENT LET ALONE THE INCIDENT I CAN’T WAIT FOR ACTUAL JUSTICE IS MADE.

  4. Allen

    Way off base on this one… Its amazing how this story started without knowing all the facts. You ran with a story by just looking at a photograph. From what I understand there are several witnesses in this case which saw and confirmed the officers report of this incident. There are no witnesses that have come forward stating they observed the officers beating this subject. This happened during the day, in a residential area, on a road that has alot of traffic.

    As far as Theresa Stout goes… she has her own agenda and is using the media to achieve it.

  5. molotav cocktail

    It’s time for Police to be charged with manslaughter or assault and battery like the rest of us when we threaten and assault anyone else. All police chiefs and Mayors who do not condemn these behaviours are thereby condoning them. It began with Rodney king acquittal and ends with police thinking they can violate the constitution and get away with it. Just because you break a law does not mean that police and can also break laws to process you into their system. They are weak, lame ass cowardly human beings. period!

  6. HIRAM

    WOW ! I would like to side with the Police But,,,,,,,,,,,There is a pattern of this sort of thing

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