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A surveillance photo of a man suspected in the beating of a 60-year-old National Park Service employee Wednesday was released by Cochise County Sheriff's officials. -- Credit: Cochise County Sheriff's Department -- ARM Story #21191 - losuspects

Cochise County Sheriff's Department

Photo released of man suspected in beating of US parks employee

A surveillance photo of a man suspected in the beating of a 60-year-old National Park Service employee has been released by Cochise County sheriff’s officials.

Karen Gonzales, a uniformed maintenance worker with the Park Service and a longtime seasonal employee, was found unconscious Wednesday afternoon in a picnic-area restroom in the Chiricahua National Monument.

Gonzales suffered head trauma and was flown to a Tucson hospital, where she remained in critical but stable condition, Park Service spokeswoman Michelle Fidler said.

Gonzales’ government vehicle was found several hours later and about 40 miles away in Douglas by tracking the worker’s cellphone, which was still inside.

Anyone with information on the case or who can identify the man is asked to call sheriff’s authorities at 1-520-432-9500, said Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.

3 men arrested in Chase Bank robbery

Three men were arrested Thursday in connection with a robbery at a Chase Bank on the city’s west side.

An 88-CRIME tip led to the arrests of Timothy Green, 31; Gabriel Green, 46; and Javohn Reece, 25, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

Gabriel Green is Timothy Green’s uncle, said Widmer.

All three are facing robbery and aggravated robbery charges. They were booked into the Pima County jail, Widmer said.

Robbery detectives allege that Timothy Green entered the Chase Bank, 2121 W. Grant Road, about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and handed a teller a note threatening harm and demanding money.

Detectives said Gabriel Green acted as the lookout during the robbery and that Javohn Reece was the driver.

Nearly $600K in meth found at port of entry

Nearly $600,000 in methamphetamine was seized by customs officials last week in two smuggling attempts.

On Wednesday, Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Luis port of entry south of Yuma arrested a 29-year-old man from Mexico after they found 12 pounds of meth, valued at more than $180,000, hidden in the front bumper of his Oldsmobile sedan, Rob Daniels, a Department of Homeland Security official, said in a news release.

On Thursday, officers arrested a 31-year-old man from Mexico after finding more than 26 pounds of meth worth more than $412,000 hidden under his Jeep SUV, Daniels said.

In both instances, officers were alerted to the meth by drug-sniffing dogs.

Both men were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Daniels said.

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