BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZONA — On Sunday, August 7th, just before 4:30 AM, a resident at the Marina Villas Riverfront Condos at 1800 Clubhouse Drive in Bullhead City, Arizona, noticed a man in a black hoodie wearing a mask with the hood up wandering around and looking into car windows.
He confronted the man, who said that he was just looking for cigarettes. The resident then told him to leave. The suspect refused to leave and eventually threw a rock at the resident, who was armed with a bat for self-defense. The suspect then pulled out a knife and lunged at the resident. The resident struck the suspect and tried to back away, warning the suspect to leave.
The suspect continued to advance, and a second resident, armed with a handgun, arrived. The second resident also told the suspect to leave. The suspect continued to approach the first resident, and the second resident then fired several shots at the suspect. The suspect fled the scene after the shots were fired. Neither resident was harmed.
About 2 hours later, police were notified by a local hospital that a man had arrived with a gunshot wound to his leg. Officers responded and located Elijah Christian Cole Abel, 19 years old, in the Emergency Room. A records check showed that Abel had a warrant for a parole violation out of Washington State. Officers determined that Abel was the attacker.
Abel has been charged with 2 counts of Attempted Aggravated Assault and 2 counts of criminal trespassing. He was lodged in the Mohave County Jail.