Cottonwood Police searching for a suspect who tried robbing a Taco Bell

COTTONWOOD, AZ - Police say a robbery at a Cottonwood restaurant's drive-thru counter was carried out by a woman who shot an employee in the face with pepper spray and by a man who crawled through the window with a handgun.

The Taco Bell employee made a glancing blow at the man's head shortly after the robber entered the restaurant late Sunday night.

The man responded by hitting the worker in the head twice with the butt of a pistol. The employee suffered serious injuries.

Cottonwood police say no money was taken during the robbery. 

The robbers fled the area in a pickup truck to an area between Cottonwood and Clarkdale. They were seen driving a white 1989 Chevrolet pickup truck.

An officer located the truck in the area of SR 89A and 12th Street, but the truck fled from officers into desert terrain where the police car couldn't travel.

Cottonwood police say the man involved in the armed robbery has since been arrested and identified as 18-year-old Zion Eliaz Plotnikoff of Cottonwood. He was taken into custody at a Cottonwood hotel without incident.

He has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated robbery, and aggravated assault.

Police are still looking for the woman involved in the attempted robbery. She has been identified as 36-year-old Tia Lorrell Stevens of Cottonwood. Stevens is described as 5'6 and 185 pounds with brown eyes and blonde hair. 

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Cottonwood Police Department or Silent Witness.

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