ARMED ROBBERY – DESERT SPRINGS (AZ STRIP)
Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an armed robbery where a male subject was shot in the hip early Wednesday (7/16) afternoon in the Desert Springs area.
At about 12:30 p.m., deputies responded to a suspicious call in the Desert Springs area.
Dispatch advised that a reporting party said that a female and male subject just left in a white truck and the male subject had been shot. An ATL (Attempt to Locate) was issued to Arizona Department of Public Safety and Utah Highway Patrol for the white pick-up truck. A short time later, as the vehicle entered Utah, a Highway Patrol Officer conducted a traffic stop on the truck. Deputies responded to their location, south of Bloomington. The injured male subject identified as Codi Jayne Norton, 21, of St. George, suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his hip. Medical responded and transported Norton to Dixie Regional Medical Center.
Investigations determined that Norton and his girlfriend hitched a ride from Nevada to St. George, Utah. While enroute, the driver of the Dodge Charger and the couple decided to stop in Desert Springs. The couple got out of the vehicle when they were approached by an unknown male subject in a white passenger car. The male subject confronted the couple with a black handgun and demanded their money. The couple handed over approximately $200. Before leaving, the male subject fired at the couple and left the scene in his white passenger car. The male suspect is white, approximately 30 years old, long blond hair, short with a skinny built and a sunken face. The driver of the Dodge Charger left the scene when shots were fired.
After the shooting, the couple was stranded in the area. A female subject let them borrow her phone and they contacted a friend who responded and picked them up in a white pick-up truck. Apparently, Norton did not want law enforcement called because he has an outstanding warrant.
Norton was arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail by Utah Highway Patrol after he was treated and released from DRMC. Norton’s girlfriend was also transported to DRMC at the time Norton was transported. She was treated for an unrelated injury.
This incident remains under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at 800-522-4312 or Silent Witness at 928-753-1234.