PRESCOTT, AZ - A 17-year-old teen is being held after he allegedly strangled two girls unconscious at a park in Prescott Thursday night.
According to the Prescott Police Department, the boy and two 17-year-old girls from Chino Valley were friends.
The teenagers were “hanging out” at Pioneer Park in Prescott near the roller hockey arena and the boy and one of the girls went to the restroom while the second girl talked to a friend on the phone.
When the boy and girl reached the restroom area, the boy grabbed the victim from behind and began strangling her, police said.
The victim told police she then blacked out.
Police say it appears the suspect then beat her, causing injuries and puncture wounds to her face and upper back. He then left her in the restroom unconscious.
Shortly after, the second girl asked the suspect about the first girl and he said he didn’t know where she was.
Police say the first girl started screaming from the restroom area and the second girl went to help her.
That’s when the suspect grabbed the second girl and strangled her until she was unconscious, also hitting her multiple times in the face and upper body.
The victims told police the suspect then fled the area in his car.
The victims called 911 and they told police the identity of the suspect.
The 17-year-old boy was locate and arrested near Chino Valley by Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies and an officer from the Chino Valley Police Department.
Prescott police said the suspect admitted to being with the victims and said he knew something had happened, but that he could give details because he “blacked out” before the attacks.
The first girl attacked was air-lifted to a Flagstaff hospital due to a possible head injury and is listed in fair condition.
The second victim was treated for facial injuries at a local hospital and released.
The suspect was arrested and faces charges of five counts of aggravated assault and was booked into the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center.
Police say there were no indications of drug or alcohol use by any of the teens and detectives continue to investigate the attacks.