While Williams is typically quiet during February, Feb. 12 proved to be different for the Williams Police Department when officers responded to two unusual incidents.
In the first incident police responded to Circle K for a report of an irate woman. When officers arrived, they found the woman had rammed a fuel tanker truck, which was unloading fuel at the time into underground tanks, with her pickup truck. Responding officers and the fuel truck driver subdued the woman when she attempted to ignite the fuel storage tanks with a lighter and cigarette.
Police arrested Sheri A. Zulpo, 30, of Edgewood, N.M. According to police, Zulpo had threatened customers and clerks to blow up the business and made threatening statements to kill the president of the United States. Because of these actions, Zulpo faces state and federal charges. The FBI and Secret Service will be investigating the federal charges regarding the threats made towards the government and President Barack Obama. Officers arrested Zulpo for attempted homicide and numerous other felony charges. She was transported to the Coconino County Jail.
A short time later, the WPD responded to Clover Hill Shell for a report of an armed robbery that occurred in the parking lot. The victim reported being held at gunpoint and robbed of approximately $100 in cash. A man fled the area in a vehicle. The victim provided officers with a license plate number and direction of travel.
WPD officers broadcasted an attempt to locate to adjoining agencies. A short time later, Department of Public Safety officers observed the vehicle traveling westbound on Interstate 40. DPS officers stopped the vehicle at milepost 106. WPD investigators responded, recovered evidence and obtained a confession.
Police arrested Elgin Zip Johnson, 31, of Tulsa, Okla. He charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault. Johnson was transported to the Coconino County Jail. He was currently on parole out of Oklahoma for trafficking in illegal drugs.