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Suspect arrested in attack on 2 teen girls at Pioneer Park

Police arrested a 17-year-old Chino Valley male Thursday after officers responded to a 911 call at Pioneer Park.

According to Prescott Police Department, two girls, both 17, were attacked on Thursday night at approximately 11 p.m. while "hanging out" at the park near the roller hockey arena with the suspect.

According to a Friday news release, the first victim indicated she was attacked when she left with the suspect to use the restroom. According to the witness, the suspect grabbed the victim from behind and strangled her as they neared the restrooms. She told police she blacked out. Police suspect the first victim was beaten as she lay unconscious, causing injuries to her face and upper back. The suspect allegedly left the first victim in the bathroom.

The second victim allegedly met with the suspect to ask about the whereabouts of her friend when she heard the first victim scream from the bathroom. When the second victim went to help the female, the suspect allegedly grabbed her and strangled her until she fell unconscious. He allegedly struck her multiple times in the face and upper body before fleeing in his vehicle.

Prescott police and fire personnel responded to the scene. One of the female juveniles was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center due to a possible head injury and concern over puncture wounds. She is currently listed in fair condition. The second victim was treated at Yavapai Regional Medical Center for facial injuries and released.

The victims indicated they knew the attacker and were on friendly terms with him prior to the attack, according to police. The suspect was found and arrested near Chino Valley by Yavapai County Sheriff's Deputies and an officer with the Chino Valley Police Department.

The suspect admitted being with the two females, but could not provide details, reportedly telling police he "blacked out" prior to the incident.

The suspect was charged with five counts of aggravated assault and booked into the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center.

There are no indications of drug or alcohol use by any of the teens, police said, nor were there signs of sexual assault. An investigation into the matter is ongoing.

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