YCSO: James Price robs, leaves man stranded in desert

Authorities say a 43-year-old man is facing aggravated assault and armed robbery charges after reportedly robbing a Valley man and abandoning him in the desert.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said deputies had been looking for the suspect, 43-year-old James Price, since October of 2013.

D'Eveyln said Price is accused of offering the victim a ride to Prescott Valley, putting a gun to his head, ordering him to undress, stealing more than 1,000 from him and then leaving him in the desert.

The victim told deputies he walked in the desert north of Interstate 17 for more than an hour before he was able to get a ride to the hospital.

According to the victim, Price was friends with a woman he met at a Chandler casino the day before.

D'Eveyln said the victim said he was not discreet about how much money he had and that likely attracted the woman and Price.

Deputies said after authorities identified Price as a suspect, a statewide search began and continued until he was located on February 25, 2014, at his job in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Price was arrested and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center. Deputies said he remains in-custody on $100,000 bond.

D'Evelyn said the woman has not been charged.





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