Originally Published: March 9, 2004 7 a.m.
CHINO VALLEY – A 28-year-old Prescott Valley man faces attempted second-degree murder and armed robbery charges in connection with a Chino Valley shooting a month ago.
Matthew Patrick Curl's arrest on Saturday came after the Chino Valley Police Department (CVPD) received information from citizens about his reported involvement in the shooting, CVPD Sgt. Mark Garcia said.
"Based on that information, officers interviewed numerous people and they were able to pin down and arrest the suspect at his residence in Prescott Valley," he said.
CVPD also arrested Ramona Michelle Cooley, 30, of Prescott Valley and charged her with one count of facilitation of second-degree murder and armed robbery.
"She was with him at the time of the incident and she was identified as one who drove to the scene and away from the scene," he said, adding that Cooley appears to be Curl's girlfriend.
On Feb. 6, in the 1400 block of South Road 1 West, Curl allegedly shot 24-year-old Lee Johnson once in the face with, what police believe to be, a .22-caliber handgun. The suspect then allegedly left the scene in an older Toyota four-door Sedan.
Emergency personnel airlifted the victim to a Phoenix hospital for treatment. He underwent surgery, but doctors were unable to remove a bullet from his face, Garcia said.
Garcia said Curl did not make any confessions about his involvement in the incident, but Cooley allegedly implicated herself.
He said the victim identified Curl as the man who allegedly shot him.
Garcia said detectives are still determining the motive in this case and whether the suspect and the victim know each other. He said that police have not yet recovered the weapon.
He said previously that an altercation led to the shooting.
Garcia said that the victim is doing well after his release from the hospital recently and that the suspects' arrests went without incident.
The Prescott Valley Police Department helped his agency arrest the suspects, he said.
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