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Sheriff's Office looking for Rimrock stabbing suspect

PRESCOTT - Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is looking for a suspect in a Sunday, July 12, stabbing in Rimrock, according to an agency spokesman.

Deputies responded around 10:30 p.m. Sunday and contacted the 39-year-old who had a small stab wound in his lower abdomen.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said the victim told deputies he was driving north on East Cliffside Trail between East Valley Lane and North Montezuma Avenue when he passes a man and woman on opposite sides of the street.

"As he continued driving, the two started to scream and wave their arms at him saying he was speeding," D'Evelyn said. "The victim did not believe this was the case and decided to stop his vehicle and approach the male suspect to find out 'what his problem was.'"

The stabbing victim told authorities the man punched him in the stomach, and although he did not see anything in the suspect's hand, he soon realized he had been stabbed.

The suspect was described as a white male, about 6 feet tall and very thin, in his late 30s or early 40s, with long, dirty blond hair that reached the middle of his back. He was walking a dog described as a golden retriever or yellow Lab.

Following the alleged assault, the man and woman ran away with their dog toward Montezuma Avenue, according to D'Evelyn.

The victim removed his shirt, put pressure on the wound and drove home, where he called 911. Emergency medical personnel treated him before transporting him to Flagstaff Medical Center. His injury was not life-threatening, D'Evelyn said.

Deputies were unable to locate the suspect, though they contacted several people in the area.

D'Evelyn said a witness reported seeing two people running through a field off Cliffside Trail around the time of the assault. When deputies searched the field, they found nothing.

"Other neighbors in the area had no knowledge of the assault," D'Evelyn said. "Darkness may have prevented the possibility of additional witnesses."

The Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information about the suspect or his female companion to contact the agency at 928-771-3260. Anonymous tips may be left through Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232. Tipsters are eligible for a cash reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest. Callers should reference case number 15-026654.

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