Mother, son arrested after assault, barricade in Scottsdale

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Nicholas Krakana, on left, and Sandra Zinn (photo by Scottsdale Police Department)

A mother and son have been arrested after an Order of Protection call turned violent in Scottsdale on April 12, according to police officials.

At 6 p.m. officers served an Order of Protection on Nicholas Krakana, 39, while he was picking up his two children from gymnastics, which specified he was not to return to his home and he was not allowed to have contact with his wife, police reports state.

Krakana immediately drove to his home with his mother and his two children in the car. When he arrived in the area of 8200 E. Vista de Valle, Krakana encountered his wife and began assaulting her. Meanwhile, Krakana’s mother, Sandra Zinn, 67, also began assaulting the victim at the same time, according to officials. Zinn was found to have physically kicked the victim during the incident.

Krakana allegedly choked his wife while he was assaulting her inside the home in an attempt to get her out of the home, according to Scottsdale Police Sgt. Ben Hoster.

He locked the victim out of the home and refused to come out when police arrived. The Scottsdale Police Department SWAT team was called to assist with the situation and neighbors in the surrounding homes were evacuated.

Negotiators attempted to get Krakana to surrender for approximately three hours, before members of the SWAT team forced their way into the home at 9:30 p.m., according to police. Krakana and his mother were arrested.

The children were found unharmed and were returned to the victim.

Krakana is being charged with Aggravated Assault – Impede Breathing, Aggravated Assault – Violating a Court Order, Assault, and Criminal Damage.  Zinn is being charged with Assault and Disorderly Conduct, Sgt. Hoster stated.

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