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Posted on: April 6, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Joint Media Release Flagstaff Police Dept & CCSO - Armed Robbery

For Immediate Release - 
Jerry Rintala
Flagstaff Police Department
Public Information Officer
Office: (928) 556-2300
Jon Paxton
Coconino County Sheriff's Office 
Public Information Officer
Office: (928) 226-5089
Armed Robbery 
FLAGSTAFF, Az. – On April 5th, 2023, at approximately 1:47 pm a male entered the Swift Travel Center located at 3099 W Shamrell Blvd.  Once inside the male attempted to purchase dog food.  He handed the clerk money and when the money drawer was opened, he had a handgun at his waist and demanded money.  The suspect left without receiving any money.  He fled in a vehicle southbound on I17.  He was described as a white male with face tattoos and driving a blue Dodge Durango.   
Flagstaff Police Department Patrol Officers arrived on scene, obtained a description and Dispatch placed an attempt to locate out to local agencies. The Criminal Investigations Unit responded and processed the scene for evidence.
Coconino County Deputies responded to the Chevron in Munds Park, after receiving a phone call from the Clerk that they had just been robbed at gunpoint. The Clerk advised the Suspect had left the scene and left south bound on interstate 17 from  Munds Park. 
Responding Deputies were given a description from the clerk of the suspect and the suspect vehicle.  The Clerk described the Suspect as a male wearing a black sweatshirt with white writing on the sleeve, a red Angel’s ball cap, and a black mask over his face. The Vehicle was described as a Black or dark colored Dodge Durango with a Colorado license plate.
While Deputies were responding to the Munds Park Chevron an attempt to locate was put out Department of Public Safety and other agencies south along Interstate 17.
At approximately 2:33 PM, Department of Public Safety Troopers observed a vehicle matching the description of the Armed Robber traveling southbound on Interstate 17 at Mile Post 275 in Yavapai County.  State Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle failed to yield, and a pursuit ensued.  The pursuit was ended after the use of Stop Sticks brought the vehicle to a stop on I-17 in the Camp Verde Area at Mile Post 278.  The suspect was identified as Christopher Williams, a 39-year-old male out of Westminster, Colorado. Williams was taken into custody and booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility on several felony charges.
This matter is currently under investigation and no further information is available at this time. 
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Department of Public Safety and the Flagstaff Police Department for their assistance in this incident and bringing it to a safe conclusion. 
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