An Arkansas couple pulled over on Highway 89N to help what they believed were stranded motorists and were allegedly attacked by one of the motorists, who was later found dead by Coconino County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.
The male motorist was found in the middle of the road near Gray Mountain. The suspect was found bleeding with multiple injuries and had no vital signs, according to a press release. The deceased suspect has not been identified, but his wife who was in the vehicle has been taken into sheriff’s office custody for questioning.
The Arkansas couple believed the stranded couple was in a car accident and stopped to see if the driver needed any help. When the couple approached, the male suspect burst from the car and ran at them with a knife in his hand behind his back.
The man jumped on top of the couple’s car and began to try to break into the car through the sunroof, according the sheriff’s office release. The Arkansas woman attempted to drive away while the Arkansas man attempted to get the assailant off of their car.
In the midst of their struggle, the vehicle swerved and the suspect fell from the top of the car into the roadway where he was located upon arrival of law enforcement.
The victim and witness said they drove approximately under half a mile at 60 to 70 mph when the suspect fell onto the roadway.
The Arkansas man was treated on scene and transported to the Flagstaff medical Center for non-life threatening wounds to his hands. The woman was treated and released on scene by medics.
The Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy into the deceased suspect. The Arizona Department of Public Safety assisted with the case, and is managing road closures.