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Carjacking suspect booked on robbery, theft charges

Samuel Emmitt Crook, 24, of Cornville

Samuel Emmitt Crook, 24, of Cornville

Prescott police booked Samuel Emmitt Crook, 24, of Cornville, into the Maricopa County Jail this past Tuesday on felony charges of armed robbery, theft of a means of transportation, two counts of possession of weapons by a prohibited possessor, criminal damage and two counts of endangerment in connection with a Prescott carjacking Nov. 11, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, Prescott Police Department spokesman. Police booked Crook into jail after Crook was released from John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix.

Crook was airlifted to the Phoenix hospital for treatment on a broken leg and ankle he sustained after he lost control of a stolen silver Kia Rio and it landed in a drainage culvert at the corner of Lake Valley Road and Highway 69, Reinhardt said. When Crook spoke to an officer in his hospital room, he gave several different versions of his story, Reinhardt said.

"He told us he was a passenger; the vehicle was being driven by a guy named Roger with a shaved head; and he described Roger as driving erratically," Reinhardt said.

Reinhardt said there was no evidence of another person in the car.

"We actually have Crook on photo radar doing 96 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone on his way to the accident scene," Reinhardt said. "He was the driver and only person in the car."

Crook was on parole at the time, and his parole will be revoked for these violations, Reinhardt said.

The criminal damage counts stem from the damage Crook did to the stolen car, and the endangerment counts from the people in the cars next to Crook when the photo radar measured him going 96 miles per hour.

Prescott police say Crook approached the car's owner on Friday, Nov. 11, in the 100 block of North Montezuma Street as he retrieved a cell phone he left in the car, Reinhardt said. The man told an officer that Crook came up behind him and asked if he was driving to Prescott Valley. When the man said no, Crook told the man to give him the keys, according to the police report.

The man told the officer that he laughed and refused, but when Crook lifted up his jacket exposing the handle of a handgun, the man gave Crook his keys and walked away, because it wasn't worth it. He then called 911 as Crook drove toward Sheldon Street, according to the police report.

Prescott police alerted other law enforcement agencies in the area about the carjacking, and Prescott Valley police later found Crook on the ground with his leg partially under the tire of the police vehicle, according to Prescott Valley police.

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