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Peoria man found dead in canal released from jail days earlier

8-22-2014 Arizona:

The 35-year-old man found dead in a Peoria canalon Wednesday morning had been released from Maricopa County jail on Sunday after serving nearly six months following his conviction in a domestic-violence incident, according to court records.

Rolland Lee Tockey, who was a registered sex offender, was involved in an incident in February in which a woman told police that he assaulted her and her teenage son, according to court documents.

The incident began when Tockey and the woman got into a verbal argument, according to court records. The confrontation escalated when Tockey reportedly threw her on a bed, grabbed her hair and twisted her neck, according to court documents.

The woman also said Tockey waved a knife in a threatening manner to her and her son.

Tockey denied waving the knife at the victim and her son, but pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct as part of a plea agreement. He was in custody from late February until his release Sunday, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Court documents revealed that Tockey had been kicked out of his father's home at 12 years old and had an, "extensive, repetitive, and violent criminal history." His numerous prior convictions included three felony convictions, eight violent convictions and 21 misdemeanor convictions, according to court records.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Safety, he served almost 16 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl.

Passers-by discovered Tockey's body Wednesday morning pressed up against the intake to a water-treatment plant near 67th Avenue and Thunderbird Road, according to Lt. Brandon Jones, a sheriff's spokesman.

Tockey lived near the area where his body was found, Jones said.

Investigators believe Tockey was murdered, but the cause of death remains under investigation, Jones said. ..Source.. by The Republic

Arrests made in connection with body found in Peoria canal


Investigators have arrested a 41-year-old man on murder allegations in the death of a 35-year-old man who was found in a Peoria canal last week, just days after he was released from the Maricopa County jail, court records show.

Detectives also arrested the murder suspect's wife because they believe she tried to hinder his prosecution, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators believe Nathan Carl Perez shot Rolland Lee Tockey, a registered sex offender, at a home near 67th and Olive Avenues and dumped his body in a canal near 67th Avenue and Thunderbird Road, according to Maricopa County Superior Court records. Perez's bond was set at $750,000.

A bicyclist found Tockey's body on the morning Aug. 20 pressed up against the grate of an intake pumping station, records show.

Authorities released Tockey on Aug. 17 from the Maricopa County jail after he served nearly six months following his conviction in a domestic-violence incident in which a woman told police that he assaulted her and her teenage son, according to court documents.

Tockey's mother told investigators that Tockey had a tumultuous relationship with the domestic-violence victim, according to court records. Tockey's mother also said that the domestic-violence victim messaged her while Tockey was in jail and said that one of Perez's acquaintances had put a "hit" on Tockey, according to police records.

Investigators interviewed Perez and his wife, Billie Jean, and after the interview an unidentified witness contacted police and said Nathan Perez told them he killed a child molester and needed help getting rid of the body, records show.

The witness told police they saw bloody rags and towels used to clean up the murder scene inside Nathan Perez's bedroom at the house near 67th and Olive avenues, records show. Using a search warrant, sheriff's deputies discovered blood in Perez's bedroom.

Billie Jean Perez was with Tockey when he withdrew $900 from a Wells Fargo the day before his body turned up in the canal, records show.

Investigators discovered $3 in Tockey's possession after his body was pulled from the canal.

Police tracked Billie Jean Perez's cellphone to a Phoenix home where they discovered her husband hiding, records show.

Maricopa County sheriff's deputies arrested Billie Jean Perez for hindering prosecution, records show. She has since been released. ..Source.. by Matthew Casey

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