Coconino County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the robbery of a man and woman from Illinois that were sightseeing in the Oak Creek Canyon area on Thursday.
Oct. 20, deputies responded the report of an armed robbery near the Dairy Queen in Oak Creek Canyon, north of the Sedona city limits. Deputies learned the victims were approached by an adult woman who had a towel or blanket over her head and aggressively demanded money. The woman was armed with a metal pipe, sharpened at one end, that she brandished it in a threatening manner. At one point the woman allegedly attempted to strike one of the victims with the pipe.
Family members were able to escape without injury and provided law enforcement with good descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle. Deputies later located the suspect vehicle in the area of State Route 89A and the Grasshopper Point Recreation Area.
The vehicle was unoccupied. A CCSO K9 unit was able to track the suspects from their vehicle down to the Grasshopper Point swimming area where they were taken into custody without incident.
Arrested were 19-year-old Kristine Bedonie of Kayenta, charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault, and 20-year-old William Alley of Flagstaff, who was charged with aggravated robbery, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violation. Both suspects remain in the Coconino County Detention Facility.
Sedona Police Officers and their K-9 unit assisted with this investigation and the apprehension. CCSO detectives are continuing this investigation and are exploring the possibility that alcohol consumption was a factor in this crime.