Mar 17, 2014 1:54 PM by Faye DeHoff
SAN TAN VALLEY - A Pinal County Sheriff's Officer and Detective used a golf cart to chase down a suspect wanted for back child support payments.
On March 12th, a mother wrote to the sheriff's office asking for help in arresting her ex-husband, 47-year old Patrick G. Moloney, of San Tan Valley. According to the woman, Patrick owed $25,000 in back child support payments. She gave deputies an address in 30300 block of North Sunray, San Tan Valley. She told deputies Patrick was planning on leaving town as soon as he got his tax refund check because he has an outstanding warrant for failing to pay child support.
On March 13th, a PCSO sergeant and detective drove up to the home and saw Patrick inside the garage. As soon as Patrick saw them, he ran inside and shut the garage door. The sergeant and detective knocked on the door and were told by another person inside that Patrick had run out the back of the home and onto the golf course.
Employees from the Johnson Ranch Golf Course gave the sergeant and detective a golf cart to check the course for Patrick. They began at the 18th hole and continued back towards the 1st hole. As they were driving, golfers kept notifying them of seeing Patrick running past them.
Patrick was out of breath when he was located on the 1st hole and taken into custody. He was booked into the Pinal County Jail for the outstanding Maricopa County Superior Court Warrant. The judge set his bond at a $10,000 "secured cash only bond."
His ex-wife and her 14-year-old daughter were extremely excited about his arrest and both expressed their appreciation to our office.
Pinal County Sheriff's Paul Babeu stated, "Patrick Moloney was ordered by a superior court judge to pay child support for his daughter. For years, the mother had to take this deadbeat dad back to court to try to get him to provide financial support for his daughter. Patrick has two other children from a prior relationship which he has failed to pay child support for as well. Hopefully now that he is in custody, the judge will ensure he takes care of his court ordered financial responsibilities when he is released."