When we first heard this morning that a 23-year-old alleged cop killer was hiding out in a 6-square-mile section of northern Arizona -- where he'd reportedly been stashing food for weeks in case he needed to run from the law -- we figured he'd be in handcuffs by the afternoon.
So it came as no surprise when it was brought to our attention this afternoon that the crime solvers at America's Most Wanted are reporting that the man police believe shot and killed a Utah sheriff's deputy last night, Scott Curley, had been captured.
Since we heard nothing about it here in Phoenix we called the Coconino County Sheriff's Office to find out why we were being left out of the loop -- only to find out that as far as they know Curley is still on the loose.
"I honestly don't know where they got that information," Coconino County Sheriff's spokeswoman Theresa Hjalmarson tells New Times.
Hjalmarson says she couldn't confirm whether Curley had been captured because she "honestly [didn't] know."
AMW isn't technically in the news biz -- but it's also not in the business of getting things wrong, so we contacted the show to find out where they heard Curley had been captured. Nobody got back to us but they did remove the word "captured" from their post.
We're guessing it was probably a computer error but the fact remains: an alleged cop killing burrito thief is on the loose in northern Arizona.
Curley is described as a 5-foot-7, 170-pound Native American. Police consider him armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about Curley's whereabouts is asked to call police.
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