Armed man accused of threatening family after hike

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Ricky Donalson, 59, has been booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on several charges, including five counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault on a child under 15. By Andrew Michalscheck Ricky Donalson, 59, has been booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on several charges, including five counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault on a child under 15. By Andrew Michalscheck

YAVAPAI COUNTY, Ariz. -- The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man accused of threatening a family with a gun.

Ricky Donalson, 59, has been booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on several charges, including five counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault on a child under 15.

On July 7, Donalson approached a family of five as they were getting into their SUV, which was parked at the Turkey Creek Trailhead.

Donalson reportedly pointed a rifle at the family and asked if they had started a campfire. The father explained that they had just been hiking, at which time Donalson told them to leave the area.

The family was able to drive away, and after reaching a safe area, the father called the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

Donalson was not immediately arrested, but a week after the incident deputies were able to identify a man that matched the description provided by the family.

Donalson’s involvement in the case was confirmed when the mother and father were able to identify Donalson in a photo lineup.

On Wednesday, deputies served a search warrant on a trailer belonging to Donalson. Donalson was arrested, and a pellet gun matching the description of the weapon used in the July 7 incident was located.

Donalson has claimed to know nothing about the incident. His bond has yet to be set.