The day started perfectly for Jeremy Hatcher.
Last Wednesday, he took a walk from his Glendale home to a convenience store and bought an Arizona Lottery Scratcher ticket. Returning home, he scratched the ticket - and saw he won.
Minutes later, his name came up on another lottery: The Glendale Police Department’s annual Domestic Violence Warrant Round-Up.
Hatcher answered a knock on the door.
“Are you Jeremy Hatcher?” asked Det. Brian Draper.
“No,” Hatcher said. “That’s my brother.”
Draper wasn’t buying the story, especially as the man who answered the door had a cleft chin, just like in the mugshot and description for Jeremy Hatcher.
“Show me identification,” Draper said.
Jeremy Hatcher slammed the door shut and disappeared from Draper’s view. Hatcher ran to the back of the house and jumped out a first-floor window. He was about to jump over the back fence — and saw the sun glinting off the bald head of Maricopa County Probation Officer Duane Aul, Draper’s partner for the day. Hatcher ran to the side fence—another cop.
So Hatcher jumped back in the window and hid in a closet. Meanwhile, Hatcher’s double-amputee father had crawled over to open the door for Draper, so as not to have the door kicked in by the detective.
Already in the day, Draper had been back up for a DV suspect who ran from the police. This one would not get away.
Within an hour, Hatcher went from winning the lottery to standing in a holding cell of the Glendale City Jail.
This wasn’t his first rodeo. Hatcher, 42, was relieved to know he would be able to stay in the Glendale Jail, famous among regulars for its burritos.
“I just don’t want to go to the Fourth Avenue Jail,” Hatcher said. “This place is the (expletive) Ritz-Carlton, compared to Fourth Avenue.”
Where he would end up remained to be seen, as the city of Surprise also had a warrant for Hatcher, who failed to follow court orders on harassment and threats charges.
The Glendale Police picked him up on a domestic violence charge. He allegedly attempted to assault his father.
“I threw a bottle at the wall - it went over my dad’s shoulder,” Hatcher said. “It really wasn’t domestic violence.”
Even so, he admitted if he would have gone to court-mandated classes, this day would have gone better for him.
If he had it to do over again, he said, “I would definitely go to classes.”
His advice for others: “If you have a warrant, take care of it before you get arrested.”
Hatcher felt the hard steel of Glendale Police Departments handcuffs snapping on his wrists at least a half-dozen times. He was a heavy equipment mechanic living fine, until a back injury led him to pain pills and addiction.
That doesn’t surprise Draper, a detective who specializes in domestic violence cases. “Drugs are almost always involved” in domestic violence crimes, Draper said. “Drugs and alcohol.”
Glendale Police place a high emphasis on domestic violence cases, not solely because October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The national statistics, compiled by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence at ncadv.org, are staggering:
On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
•One in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc.
•One in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. This includes a range of behaviors (e.g. slapping, shoving, pushing) and in some cases might not be considered “domestic violence.”
•One in 7 women and 1 in 25 men have been injured by an intimate partner.
•One in 10 women has been raped by an intimate partner.
•One in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence (e.g. beating, burning, strangling) by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
•One in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
•On a typical day, more than 20,000 phone calls are placed to DV hotlines.
I•ntimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
•Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.
In Glendale, part of the reason for the round-up that included relatively minor offenses is preventative.
According to the Domestic Violence Hotline’s website, “Over the course of an abusive relationship, it is common for abuse to escalate.”
And, as is the case elsewhere, men are not the only abusers.
Prior to rounding up Hatcher, Draper and Aul went to a trailer park in search of Sabrina Harvel. Nydra McCloe, Harvel’s mother, said her daughter had recently moved to the Goodyear area.
“She’s doing really good,” McCloe told the officers. She said her daughter had recently completed a substance abuse program and was focused on raising her own daughter.
After receiving permission, Draper and Aul searched the small trailer. Finding it empty, Draper advised McCloe to tell her daughter to contact Glendale City Court to take care of her warrant.
Back in the car, off to another address of someone with a domestic violence warrant, Draper talked about the psychology behind the relationship crimes.
“It’s all about control,” he said. Perpetrators, he said, want their victims to have nowhere to go, no one to seek help to relieve the emotional and physical violence.
“Then, they say, ‘Why did you make me hit you?’ after they do something,” Draper said.
The detective’s advice to victims hesitant about talking to police: “You can always call and report it. We’ll give you information on how to get an order of protection. And you don’t need a lawyer.”
At the police station and interacting with other officers in the community, Draper always seems to be smiling and laughing, sharing inside jokes and good-naturedly enduring ribbings.
“I love my job,” Draper said. “It’s as enjoyable as you make it. Obviously, we’re surrounded by some horrible things. There’s prostitution, and drugs are almost always involved. Drugs and alcohol.
“But you’ve got to joke around when you can.”
Then he pulls the car to a stop and puts on his grim, game face.
Getting out of the vehicle, he double-checks the address on a list and makes sure his gun is holstered but ready.
With backup in place, he approaches the door and knocks.
According to Draper’s boss, Sgt. Patrick Beumler of Glendale’s Special Victims, his detective arrested 15, cleared 29 warrants and made 132 contacts during the Oct. 29-30 DV sweep.