My question involves criminal law for the state of: Arizona
I think this was pre-meditated.
I am about 5'8 and 140.
The three peopel involved;
Guy I knew: about 5'10 and 260
his small friend: 5'6 160
driver: 5'8 240
This is a rough overall description and some parts of this are rough descriptions to preserve anonymity and case details.
A person I met twice before wanted to "hang out". I had substantial amount of money on me although im unsure if they knew how much, I was planning on purchasing an item which fell through and as I was walking to my bank they called and said they were "Here" and so i figured i knew them so i coudl just deposit my money when i got back.
We proceeded to drive around town for awhile, then went to an apartment complex we visited last time (first time i met all of them). Parking on a side street. The driver went into the complex and the guy I knew and I rested against the back of the vehicle. the other friend stood about 4 feet in front of us. I noticed the guy I knew getting antsy for no reason at all really he started mentioning stuff about there being so many cars around (maybe 4 passed in 5 minutes). About 30 seconds before the driver reappeared the guy I knew started muttering about pills and kicking in, when I asked him what he was talking about he said (A strong painkiller). (In hindsight the only reason I can think of why he would take that drug is so that if I fought back he wouldnt feel pain.) This instantly put me on my guard but I didnt do anything.
When the driver reappeared about 15 seconds later across the street the guy i knew (next to me) put his hand HEAVILY on my shoulder and started muttering that he was tripping, when the driver reached the other sides curb the guy next to me turned and gave me a HEAVY shove and elevated his voice to almost shouting that he was tripping ( i take it he was saying these things to distract and confuse me). This sent me into onto the sidewalk and into a 3 foot high wall which i took most of the force with my leg and rolled over it right next to the wall.
I believe at this point the cash in my pocket fell over. Due to the other actions the other two people I must assume the driver picked up the money since the other two were too busy attacking me.
Note at this point I could not see what was happening in the street/next to the car.
He followed me almost instantly and was leaning over the wall putting his weight on me. I am unsure which he was more concerned with at this point: a: getting my cellphone out of my left hand or b: trying to hit me while I was on my back.
I was absolutely determined to not let go of my cellphone and I had my right hand free. I used hand to pull out the 3" pocket knife i always carry (It is pheonix afterall) and managed to use the thumbstick to flick it open.
I think he must have seen the knife because as soon as I got it open he pulled up and away tryign to stand up. because he had ahold of my hand wiht the cellphone in it he pulled me up too. Then instantly flung my cellphone hand to my right sending it to the ground. after throwing my arm across the he stepped straight back a few steps and his smaller friend appeared coming forward form behind him with a metal bat (He must have had it under the front seat) and swung it at my face. At this point I was facing myself froward from being turned sideways from my arm being flung across.
I managed to pull my face back about 3/4 of a foot and the tip of the bat missed me by about 1/2 a foot. About 3/4 the way through his swing I noticed his eyes go towards my knife hand and he went with the swing and turned around. At this point I must have sensed he disengaged from the fight and so I darted for my cellphone. When i turned around the doors of the car were all shut and it was running and beginning to pull away from the curb. I dailed 911 and ran into the street and started memorizing the plate. By the time they made it to the end of the street I had relayed the plate to the controller.
One of the things that bothers me is that there was a family of three people standing on the second floor of the complex who must have seen everything and when I ran up to them for help they pushed right past and got in their car and left.
The operator confirmed the name of the driver with the name I had and I also gave the make/model which she confirmed, so they must know where he lives and who he is.
Shortly after the police arrived and I gave a report and told them I would press charges.
I ended up with a moderate bruise on my leg form hitting the wall, a bruise and tear on my knee, moderate scratches on my forearms, elbows, and on one hand, and heavy scratches on my back. Upon getting home I noticed some scratches above my left eye which may have been from the plastic cap on the end of the bat.
I could have used my knife easily against the guy i knew, and probably against the one with the bat over the 3 ft wall. Was it good that I didnt? My single parent rose my in an anti violence manner which is probably why i didnt.
A few questions:
1. How probably is it they will be able to find the people other than the driver?
He seemed to know the other two very well and i saw him with them before.
2. What charges can/should I press for and which ones against whom.
3. I highly doubt I will be able to get the cash back obviously, but with the charges will I be able to receive monetary compensation?
4. With the charges please list sentences.
A few ideas family members and others have pointed out are:
Abduction or Kidnapping (For leading me with them under false pretenses and planning it out )
Assault with a deadly weapon
(And something to do with them operating as a group)
I dont have any clue what sentences are or compensation are for the charges or if they even apply.
Any help is GREATLY appreciated.
p.s. They also damaged my new cellphone aesthetically. Can they be charged for property damage in addition?