In the state of Arizona, a person has been taken into custody by law enforcement officials in connection with the Christmas Day assault, in which a state lawmaker was targeted.
The suspect has been identified as 34-year-old Hilyard Scott, who has been arrested and accused of beating and binding Arizona State Representative Frank Pratt, according to Casa Grande police. The arrest took place January 4, and has been deemed as a “person of interest” in this case.
The incident took place at approximately 4pm on December 25, at Pratt’s Casa Grande workplace (known as Pratt Pools), when he went to check on his swimming pool shop. That was when, cops say, he was accosted by a person who was already inside the property and carried out his brutal attack against him before knocking him out cold and then binding him inside the premises.
Sources say that the assailant had intruded into the business.
Police say that after the attack, the assailant stole the victim’s sport utility vehicle, a golden-colored 2007 GMC Yukon, as well as his Rolex watch and then drove away from the scene.
Pratt was left alone in that condition for at least four hours after it happened, until his wife, identified as Janice Pratt, had finally located him.
According to the victim’s wife, she first went by the business after one hour; however, when her husband’s vehicle was nowhere in sight, she departed. Then, about three hours afterward, she returned to the shop, noticed an unlocked gate, and heard her husband yelling for help.
When rescue crews arrived at the scene, Pratt was airlifted to a Phoenix area hospital.
Pratt’s SUV was later located at a Phoenix motel before it was impounded. As for the watch, the suspect had traded it in for $900, according to court records. It was learned that the suspect and his girlfriend, identified as Brittany King, had been staying at that motel.
Frank Pratt is known to be a Republican who embodies District 23 in the House of Representatives, located between Phoenix and Tucson.
Pratt declared that he was not familiar with his attacker and did not identify him in a photograph. He even added that the incident was presumably “not political in nature.”
Pratt declared that as a result of the attack, he suffered cuts in his mouth as well as a broken nose, though he did not experience any major bone fractures. He added that he is now back in business and plans to attend the beginning of the legislative session, which is expected to take place Monday.
Back at the crime scene, authorities collected fingerprints and shoe prints, and when they were later analyzed, they determined that they belonged to Scott, who was also accused of a separate robbery case a few days later. That holdup occurred less than a mile away.
Scott was booked and indicted for armed robbery, aggravated assault, and kidnapping. He is being extradited from Maricopa County Jail to Pinal County Jail, with bond imposed at $100,000. He was apprehended in Phoenix early Tuesday on an unrelated aggravated-assault warrant.