A man wanted on two felony warrants led sheriff’s deputies on a wild chase Thursday morning before barricading himself in a Three Points home.
SWAT negotiators were eventually able to convince 32-year-old Ronald G. Miller to surrender, but not before he led deputies on a motorcycle chase that involved air support and backup from U.S. Border Patrol agents, said Deputy Tom Peine, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.
Miller was wanted on two felony warrants — one for a parole violation out of Colorado, the other for an aggravated assault in Pima County.
After the Pima County assault, deputies served a search warrant on Miller’s residence and found weapons, “so we knew we were dealing not only with an aggravated assault assailant but with someone who was in possession of guns,” Peine said.
On Wednesday Miller allegedly assaulted someone again, choking a woman, Peine said, “so he is an individual who is no stranger to violence.”
Deputies tried, without luck, to find Miller Wednesday. They returned to Three Points again Thursday morning and encountered him riding a motorcycle. Miller and the deputies had a brief verbal exchange before Miller sped away.
“Now he’s a fleeing felon,” Peine said. “We tried to locate him in an open desert area. There were a lot of resources deployed out there because, obviously, this is a dangerous individual. He has absolutely no regard for other people’s property or their safety.”
Although details were not released, deputies eventually found the motorcycle Miller was riding, in the bathroom of a Three Points residence. No one was home at the time and Peine could not say how the motorcycle ended up in the house.
After ditching the motorcycle, Miller made his way to a family member’s home nearby, in the 8900 block of South Silver Star Drive just off Ajo Highway. After deputies tracked him down, Miller barricaded himself inside the home and SWAT was called in.
No one else was in the house during the standoff, which lasted for most of the day. SWAT team members eventually convinced Miller to surrender and he was taken into custody a little after 4 p.m.
Miller was booked into the Pima County jail and faces multiple felony charges.
A search of online court records shows a defendant with the same name and of the same age has been found guilty on multiple charges, including assault, reckless driving, providing liquor to a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and threatening and intimidation.