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SWAT team arrests man on attempted homicide charge in Congress

Russell Weimorts

Russell Weimorts

A man who just weeks ago was arrested on a robbery charge in Prescott was taken into custody Monday evening by the Sheriff's SWAT team on suspicion of attempted homicide and robbery in Congress.

Russell Weimorts, 43, is accused of robbery at gunpoint in which he allegedly tied up a 60-year-old man inside his motor-home on Ghost Town Road early Monday morning, took cash and left, Yavapai County Sheriff's Offices spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.Weimorts, who had been camping on the victim's property, was supposed to be earning money by making re-pairs on the motorhome, D'Evelyn said.

After Weimorts left, the victim was able to call 911, but then Weimorts returned and dispatchers heard a scuffle over the phone. The line went dead.

The victim later told deputies that Weimorts was upset with him for loosening his restraints and hogtied him with his hands and feet tied behind his back, D'Evelyn said.

Weimorts put a gun barrel in the victim's ear and pulled the trigger twice but the gun did not fire, D'Evelyn said, and Weimorts, now more aggravated, fired a round into a computer near the victim's head. Weimorts left on the victim's Honda scooter with two guns and ammunition belonging to the victim, YCSO SWAT responded to the scene, and found the scooter nearby. D'Evelyn said it appeared that Weimorts had crashed. The SWAT team tracked him, following a trail of items including a backpack, guns, the ammunition, and some blood, to a railroad bridge he was hiding under. He was arrested without incident around 6 p.m.

Weimorts was taken to a Phoenix hospital for treatment of a compound fracture of the left arm. He will be booked into the Camp Verde jail on "numerous charges," D'Evelyn said.

On May 2, Weimorts was arrested for stealing $300 from a man in an alley behind Whiskey Row and later for exposing himself at a nearby laundromat.

When Prescott Police arrested him, he told them, "I'm not worried about it - add it to the other 49 felony convictions," the police report said.

Weimorts was being held on those charges on a $12,500 bond, but his bond is now $150,000, D'Evelyn said.