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Man arrested after pulling gun on officers outside Prescott store

Randy Crossno

Randy Crossno

A Prescott Valley man was arrested late Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, after twice evading authorities in his vehicle and then pulling a gun on officers in the parking lot of a Prescott shopping center, according to a release from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

Randy Crossno, 54, was taken into custody near the Sprouts at 174 E. Sheldon St., the release states.

Around 10:30 p.m., a YCSO deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 Honda Civic for an equipment violation on Highway 69 and Turquoise Drive, according to the release. The vehicle pulled to the side of the road before making an illegal U-turn at the intersection and accelerating away, traveling west towards Prescott on Highway 69.

The deputy initiated a pursuit using lights and siren for several blocks, but discontinued the pursuit when speeds neared 80 mph.

A YCSO patrol supervisor located the vehicle at Sheldon Street and Gurley Street in Prescott and attempted a traffic stop. The driver did a “donut” around the patrol vehicle and continued towards downtown Prescott without stopping, the release states.

Just before 11 p.m., YCSO deputies were advised that Prescott police officers had located the unoccupied suspect vehicle in the parking lot of the Springhill Suites Hotel on Sheldon Street. Deputies arrived in the area and learned Prescott officers found a man, later identified as Crossno, in the parking lot of the Sprouts Market adjacent to the hotel, according to the release.

When a Prescott officer contacted Crossno, he gave a false name before pulling out a handgun stating he was not going back to prison, the release states. As YCSO deputies arrived, they saw Prescott officers holding Crossno at gunpoint and giving him commands to drop his firearm.

The suspect ignored commands to put down the firearm and continued walking towards the entrance to Sprouts, according to the release. A YCSO supervisor began speaking with Crossno encouraging cooperation.

Deputies recognized Crossno, as he was wanted by PANT and YCSO on several charges. On Aug. 22, Crossno, who was wanted on felony warrants for drug offense, managed to escape authorities on foot after driving his vehicle into a detective’s vehicle in the Government Canyon area of Prescott. No officers were injured in the incident.

As more deputies and Prescott officers arrived Saturday night, Crossno mentioned he was looking at several years in prison already and did not want to go back.

Deputies and officers kept him contained, and he remained outside the store in front of a brick wall. The YCSO patrol supervisor maintained a dialogue with Crossno and finally convinced him to set down the firearm, and he was taken into custody.

During a search of the suspect vehicle, deputies found three baggies of methamphetamine with a total weight about 1 ounce, a small amount of marijuana, 75 to 100 empty baggies, and a marijuana grinder, according to the release. This evidence indicated drug sales involving the suspect.

Crossno is a convicted felon and is not allowed to possess a firearm. Crossno was recently convicted on numerous felony drug charges but failed to appear for his court date. A records check revealed the firearm was stolen.

Crossno also was driving on a suspended license.

Booking charges include, assault on a peace officer, weapons offense, forgery, possession of a controlled substance, theft and several traffic offenses. He remains in-custody on a $125,000 bond.

Supervisors on scene noted the cooperation between law enforcement agencies was an important factor in seeing a peaceful resolution to this incident.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov.

See related August 23, 2018 story involving this suspect:

Wanted man crashes car into police vehicle, escapes on foot