Around 8:30 AM this morning, YCSO deputies were dispatched to the Badger Springs Road off ramp (256) on south I17 regarding an apparent robbery. A 33-year-old woman was treated for non-life threatening injures in a pullout at the base of the off-ramp (see photo – arrow points to location). This off ramp is about 4 miles north of Sunset Point.
YCSO Detectives were eventually called out to investigate and direct the gathering of evidence.
The victim told detectives she had been driving south on I17 and pulled off at Badger Springs Road due to an unusual noise coming from her 2010 Silver Toyota Corolla 4-door sedan. She drove into a turnout at the bottom of the off ramp and stopped. The next thing she remembers is waking up with a head injury and assumed she had been knocked unconscious. When she checked inside her vehicle, she found her backpack and laptop computer were missing. The victim did not recall seeing any suspicious persons or unusual activity when she initially came to a stop in the turnout.
Detectives have remained on scene throughout the day – The victim was transported to a local hospital.
Detectives are hoping to contact anyone who was in the vicinity at the time of the incident. Even if you think nothing of importance was seen, you may be able to provide a detail that could assist in the investigation. Please contact Detective Daniel Pritchard at 928-777-7275 or call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. To speak with someone right away, call the main business line at 928-771-3260.
Although detectives have no specific information suspects are still in the area, motorists - especially those that are alone - might want to consider avoiding these unpopulated turnouts.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov