Pool incident

A 46-year-old Amado man was arrested Monday after a fight with a Sahuarita man over swimming pool privileges.

Pima County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Derek Ogden said Matthew Wing was booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center on suspicion of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, assault and disorderly conduct.

Deputies were summoned to Villas East around 3 p.m. when two women complained children were in the pool past the allowed time, Ogden said.

One of the women summoned her boyfriend, Wing, to the pool and words were exchanged between the children’s father and Wing, he said.

A fistfight broke out between the two, but a maintenance man and others separated the men, Ogden said. A short time later, Wing returned to the area with a metal object in one hand, possibly brass knuckles, Ogden said.

Officials were called and Wing was arrested after briefly resisting, according to Ogden.

Frank Valle Pancho, 45, said in an interview with the Green Valley News that he was at the pool with his stepdaughter and two sons, ages 16, 15 and 5. They were visiting relatives and did not realize children weren’t allowed in the pool past 2 p.m., he said.

Instead of being told about the rules, Pancho said the women began hurling insults and one summoned Wing.

“She could’ve approached me in a different way,” Pancho said “I would’ve respected her wishes. I’m a reasonable person.”

Following the incident, Pancho said he went to the hospital for his shoulder.

His children were highly upset by the incident, especially his youngest.

“He was scared. He’s 5 years old and he was seeing his dad get attacked,” he said.

Kim Smith | 520-547-9740

Assistant Editor Kim Smith moved to Arizona from Michigan when she was 16. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in journalism in 1989. She has worked at seven newspapers of varying size in Arizona, Texas and Nevada.