Silent Witness seeks leads in suspicious Ash Fork fire and assault

Ambulance destroyed in June; Kaibab Estates West Fire District Board member attacked at home in August

ASH FORK, Ariz. - The Coconino County Sheriff's Office is requesting assistance from the public in identifying suspects who committed an assault on a member of the Kaibab Estates West Fire District Board of Directors, and information regarding a fire of suspicious nature that occurred in an ambulance while it was parked in the Kaibab Estates West Fire Department.

On Aug. 12 at approximately 11:20 p.m. the 45-year-old male victim, who serves on the Board of Directors for the Kaibab Estates West Fire District, arrived at his residence, located on Lee Drive in Kaibab Estates West, and was closing the gate located at the end of the driveway on the northeast corner of his property.

According to the victim, two adult males were waiting for him and attacked him. The victim said one of the suspects struck him in the head with an object that may have been a glass bottle. Following the attack, the suspects fled the immediate area on foot and may have entered two waiting vehicles. The victim described one of the suspects as wearing a white button down shirt and blue jeans and having long hair.

Sometime between the evening of June 24 and the afternoon of June 27, a fire ignited in the interior of an ambulance causing damage to the ambulance and smoke damage to the interior of the Kaibab Estates West Fire Station that it was parked in.

Fire investigators were unable to determine the origin or cause of this fire. While it appears that the fire began within the passenger compartment of the ambulance, there are reports from fire department members that approximately two weeks prior to the fire, repairs were done to the vehicle's starter and surrounding electrical wiring. These repairs could not be conclusively ruled out as causing or contributing to the fire. Coconino County Silent Witness will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction on the above listed incidents.

Individuals that would like to provide information regarding these two incidents and would like to be considered for a reward must contact Silent Witness at (928) 774-6111 to obtain a case identification number. Those calling toll free should call 1-877-292-7463 and ask to speak to a silent witness representative. Anyone can remain anonymous. All that is needed is information, but no name.

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