CHINO VALLEY - A 35-year-old Chino Valley man accused of trying to kill his former in-laws remained under police watch Thursday afternoon in a Phoenix-area hospital, Chino Valley Police Cmdr. Mark Garcia said.
Chino Valley Police guarded suspect Nichlos Sellers while he awaited hand surgery in John C. Lincoln North Hospital because he is a flight risk, Garcia said.
"We have maintained a vigil on him," Garcia said. "He faces very serious charges."
Garcia said police will take Sellers to the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde after he undergoes surgery. Police arrested his alleged accomplice, 20-year-old William Davis of Phoenix, after the late-night home invasion, shooting and stabbing Tuesday.
Davis was not eligible for a bond as of Wednesday and is due for his first hearing at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Division 5 at Superior Court in Prescott, Yavapai County Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.
Davis' friend, Sellers, is the former son-in-law of the elderly couple whom the suspects allegedly brutalized Tuesday evening, Garcia said.
"We still don't know the motivation," Garcia said, adding the suspects earlier allegedly tried to steal a car to drive to Phoenix to buy drugs.
Garcia also declined to release the names of the 73-year-old man and 68-year-old woman to respect their privacy.
He said John C. Lincoln North Hospital officials released the woman Wednesday, but the man remained hospitalized there Thursday afternoon in stable condition.
The elderly man suffered a gunshot wound to the head and the woman suffered a stab wound to the chest, according to a report Wednesday from Chino Valley police.
Chino police answered a call at about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of North Highway 89, according to police Sgt. Vincent Schaan. About 20 to 25 minutes earlier, the department fielded a call about an attempted armed robbery in the Chino Meadows neighborhood.
However, because the suspects were gone and police officers were following up on other incidents, they did not investigate the attempted robbery before receiving a call on the second incident, Schaan said.
After the attack, the suspects allegedly stole some of the victims' possessions, including a 2002 Chrysler four-door sedan.
Officers from four different jurisdictions chased Sellers and Davis in the Chrysler after it headed south out of Chino Valley. Sellers let Davis out along the way but crashed the car on Fain Road just north of Highway 69. Other officers caught up with Davis and arrested him.