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3:53 AM Tue, Oct. 23rd

Man faces assault charges

ASH FORK – Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man Monday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly stabbed an Ash Fork man in the back of the neck and left him on Interstate 40.

YCSO spokeswoman Sharon Wachter said 31-year-old Audie Dean Crisp of Ash Fork allegedly invited the 42-year-old victim to drink with him at his home near the Kaibab Estates area. The victim reportedly agreed to go to his home and at around 1 a.m. on Nov. 30 the victim asked to go back to town. While they were in the vehicle, Crisp allegedly began stabbing the victim in the back of the neck and cutting his scalp. The victim told authorities he got out of the vehicle and walked until he found a truck driver parked off of the interstate ramp. The trucker called the YCSO to report the incident.

The victim received treatment for his injuries at Flagstaff Medical Center.

Authorities were not able to find the suspect until Monday afternoon. Deputies arrested Crisp at around 4:45 p.m. and he currently is in Yavapai County Jail.