Originally Published: July 29, 2009 12:21 p.m.
A brutal attack in a home invasion in Chino Valley and the ensuing high-speed pursuit late Tuesday night ended with two men in custody on attempted double murder charges.
The male victim, a 73-year-old resident of the 600 block of Highway 89 in Chino Valley, suffered one gunshot wound to the head in the home invasion. A helicopter flew him to a Phoenix hospital, according to Chino Valley Police Department Sgt. Vincent Schaan.
He said a second victim, a 68-year-old Chino Valley woman, suffered a stab wound to the chest and went by ambulance to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for her injuries, and then later a helicopter flew her to a Phoenix hospital.
CVPD Cmdr. Mark Garcia said Wednesday the hospital listed both victims in stable condition. Schaan said this is the first such home invasion case in the town in a couple of years.
Garcia said the department will not release the identity of the victims until the police complete their investigation. He did not release any motive for the crime, either.
Schaan said the Chino Valley police responded to the incident in the 600 block of North Highway 89 at about 10:45 p.m. Approximately 20-25 minutes earlier, he said, the department had received a call about an attempted armed robbery in Chino Meadows. However, he said because the suspects were gone and officers were involved in investigations of 911 hang-up calls and a fight in progress in another part of town, they hadn't investigated it before they got the call on the second incident.
After the attack, he said the suspects allegedly stole items belonging to the victims, including their vehicle, a 2002 Chrysler four-door sedan. Chino Valley police alerted surrounding agencies with a suspect's name - Nichlos Sellers, 35, of Chino Valley - and a vehicle description.
Dwight D'Evelyn, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman, said deputies spotted the vehicle with its headlights off as it left the south boundary of Chino Valley. The Prescott Valley Police joined the pursuit about Glassford Hill Road.
He said during the high-speed chase Sellers stopped the vehicle in the 5400 block of Mission Lane and let his passenger, William Davis, 20, of Phoenix, out.
Sellers then sped off and the pursuit later ended when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed on Fain Road just north of Highway 69 in Prescott Valley. Deputies arrested him.
D'Evelyn said a Prescott Valley police officer and a deputy arrested Davis at Mission Lane and Magnolia.
Emergency personnel also flew Sellers to a Phoenix hospital, but he remains in custody until his release from the hospital.
Schaan said when the hospital releases him, the CVPD will book him in Yavapai County Jail on several charges, including two counts of attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery, felony flight and theft of a vehicle.
Garcia said Sellers has numerous criminal convictions, is wanted on a warrant for violation of a protection order, and has pending charges in California on automobile theft.
Schaan said Davis, the second suspect, suffered no injuries. CVPD officers transported him back to Chino Valley for questioning before booking him in jail on several felony charges, including conspiracy to commit attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.
A number of agencies coordinated in the pursuit and apprehension of the suspects, including the Chino Valley Police Department, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Prescott Valley Police Department, Department of Public Safety and the Phoenix Police Department.
The matter remains under investigation and authorities may file additional charges after a full review by the Yavapai County Attorney's Office.