Arson Suspect Sought

One of the homes in Rye that arson suspect Latonio Wilson allegedly burned down.

One of the homes in Rye that arson suspect Latonio Wilson allegedly burned down.

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Latonio Wilson

A woman is recovering from facial surgery after her boyfriend allegedly assaulted her with a hammer Monday night.

Police are still looking for Latonio Wilson, 24, last seen leaving the Tonto Apache Reservation after the assault. Officers believe he drove to Rye and set fire to several structures on the Brown Ranch before fleeing the area.

Police Tuesday found Wilson’s vehicle, a maroon Chevy Blazer with Tennessee plates, abandoned east of Show Low.

They found no other trace of Wilson, said Mary Schlosser, Tonto Apache chief.

Late Monday night, Wilson and his girlfriend, Danielle Brown, were walking across the reservation when the two reportedly got into an argument near the park.

Wilson reportedly ran ahead of Brown, grabbed a hammer, came back and struck her in the face, Schlosser said. She didn’t indicate where Wilson got the hammer or what the couple had argued about.

The couple were visiting family on the reservation. One of Brown’s relatives witnessed the attack.

The couple was reportedly planning to move to Rye, but had been living in Tennessee.

Brown told officers Wilson might be heading to North Carolina where he has family.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Brown went into surgery and is in stable condition, Schlosser said.

The Tonto Apache Police and Gila County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating Wilson. He is described as African-American, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, 150 pounds, brown eyes, black hair, goatee and possibly wearing glasses.

“If anybody sees him, do not approach as he has violent tendencies,” Schlosser said. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Wilson, contact the Gila County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 474-2208 or toll free at (866) 866-4452.

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