Originally Published: October 1, 2016 5:55 a.m.
Shedding his clothes didn’t shake Prescott Valley Police on the trail of an attempted carjacking suspect Wednesday morning.
At approximately 4 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, Prescott Valley Police Officers responded to a report of a robbery at Starbucks, at 3322 N. Glassford Hill Road. A man had attempted, unsuccessfully, to carjack the victim.
According to a press release from PVPD, the victim told police she was sitting in her truck in the parking lot when an unknown man ran up to her vehicle and opened driver’s side door. He then grabbed her and attempted to pull her from the truck.
She resisted and was able to attract attention by honking her horn. This caused the male suspect to run from the scene. He ran east, across Glassford Hill, where the victim lost sight of him. She told police he was wearing blue jeans and a blue long-sleeved shirt.
Shortly afterward, officers received a call of a naked man running near the ACE Hardware store on the south side of Highway 69. Officers were able to detain the man after a short foot pursuit.
The man was returned to the area of the initial robbery report and the victim confirmed he was the same suspect who had attempted to steal her truck.
John I. Cooper, 44, of Dewey, was transported to Yavapai County Jail on charges of attempted robbery, assault, disorderly conduct, attempted theft of means of transportation, and resisting arrest.