Thu, Jan. 23

Sedona man killed in two-car collision

A Sedona man was killed in a two-car collision Monday at the intersection of Arizona 179 and Cortez Drive.

According to the Department of Public Safety, 78-year-old Raymond R. Johnson died at Flagstaff Medical Center from his injuries.

The occupants of the pickup truck that struck Johnson’s Cadillac, 33-year-old Miguel Villa-Lobos Bermudez and his 13-year-old son, were uninjured, DPS said.

The crash occurred at 4:50 p.m. when Johnson pulled into the intersection and stopped, DPS said.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation. No citations have been issued.

YCSO looking for armed robbery suspects

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men who allegedly assaulted and robbed a Bridgeport woman at knifepoint Friday.

According to the 52-year-old woman, two Hispanic males wielding knives approached her about 9:15 p.m. at her residence in the 1000 block of Purple Sage Trail, YCSO reported. They allegedly slit her shirt open and threatened to kill her.

While one of the men held the woman, the other allegedly forced his way into the house through a screen door and stole a money bag containing about $1,000, YCSO reported.

The men then fled in a car, possible a ‘60s model Chevy or Pontiac with a loud exhaust.

The woman believes the two men may have followed her from Sedona to her home, YCSO reported. It is unclear why she was targeted.

One of the men is described as being 5-feet, 8-inches tall, with a slender build and a dagger tattoo on the right side of his neck.

The other man is described as 5-feet, 9-inches tall, with a slender build, black, greasy hair pulled back and shaved on the sides, thin mustache and a tear drop tattoo under one eye.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call YCSO at 520-771-3278 or silent witness.

Child suspected in jewelry store theft

Thousands of dollars worth of Zuni jewelry was stolen from a Sedona jewelry store Saturday and an employee thinks a 9-year-old girl may have committed the theft.

According to Sedona police, the theft occurred at Silver Cloud Jewelry store about 5:38 p.m.

The employee told police the girl, who is believed to be Native American or Hispanic, took a tray of rings, pendants and other pieces worth $7,200.

The employee also told police a woman in her 40s and two boys between the ages of 10 and 12 may have accompanied the girl.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Police searching for traffic violation escapee

Police are looking for a 24-year-old Cottonwood man who led officers on a short, high-speed car chase Tuesday, then escaped on foot after abandoning his car at a residence on Mingus Avenue.

According to Cottonwood police, Eric Paul Gant was spotted driving 55 mph on Main Street when he sped away from a pursuing officer.

Gant allegedly abandoned his pickup in the 2000 block of Mingus Avenue and ran from police, jumping over several fences and running into some tall brush growing along an irrigation canal.

Police secured Gant’s car and a loaded .22 caliber rifle found in the cab. Several open beer bottles were also reportedly found in the car. A background check on Gant revealed he is on probation in Yavapai County for DUI, police said.

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