Suspect on the loose after assaulting Seligman family

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Eric Stepehen Tuttle By Andrew Michalscheck Eric Stepehen Tuttle By Andrew Michalscheck

SELIGMAN, Ariz. -- Authorities are searching for a man who assaulted a family in Seligman before stealing their truck and three dogs.

According to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, the family had allowed 39-year-old Eric Stepehen Tuttle to stay on their property, but recently asked him to leave.

On Tuesday afternoon, Tuttle reportedly assaulted the couple’s adult daughter inside a locked vehicle.

The parents, who are in their 70s, tried to rescue their child, but Tuttle refused to open the door.

Tuttle eventually exited the vehicle and hit the father with a shovel. He then resumed attacking the daughter by hitting her with the shovel.

Tuttle proceeded to order all three family members to sit together, which is when he threatened to kill them all.

The family was reportedly escorted into a travel trailer where Tuttle had the daughter bind her mom and dad’s hands with duct tape. Tuttle then bound the daughter’s hands with duct tape.

Tuttle eventually took the family’s three dogs and fled the scene in their truck.

Authorities are now looking for a white Dodge Ram pickup with the license plate 432VXX.

Tuttle has brown hair and brown eyes, stands 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighs approximately 155 pounds.

He has violent tendencies and may also be armed. Anyone who sees Tuttle is advised not to approach him.

Anyone with any information about Tuttle’s whereabouts can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260