Man arrested after threatening tourists at trailhead

Jul 26, 2012, 5:19 PM | Updated: 5:20 pm

A man who threatened tourists at an Arizona trailhead is in custody, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said.

The suspect, identified as 59-year-old Ricky Donalson, allegedly approached a family of tourists who were leaving the Turkey Creek Trailhead near Oak Creek with a rifle being held in a ready-to-fire manner.

Donalson allegedly asked the family, consisting of a father, mother, an 8-year-old, an 11-year-old and an 18-month-old, if they had started a fire. When the father replied in the negative, Donalson told them to, “Get the [expletive] out.”

When the father stepped in front of his son, Donalson allegedly shouldered the weapon and asked if there was a problem. The father then put his family in the car and drove off, fearful of being shot the entire time. He then called YCSO.

The father and mother later identified Donalson in a photo lineup.

Donalson was arrested July 25, when deputies searched a trailer and residence that belonged to him. Both were located near the trailhead. Inside, they found a pellet gun fitting the description given by the family.

Donalson, despite claiming he had no knowledge of the incident, was booked on five counts of aggravated assault, two counts of assault on a child under 15 and reckless handling of a weapon.

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Man arrested after threatening tourists at trailhead