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Man Arrested After Stealing A Truck In Cottonwood With A Child Left Inside

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A man was arrested after he drove off in a truck, in which the driver left the engine running at a store with his four-year-old child left inside. Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Quick Country Store on Western Drive just off Highway 260 at around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. A witness told the driver/victim that they saw a suspicious man in pajama pants in the area, but did not see this person get inside the 2016 Dodge Ram truck. A short time later, the still running truck was found in the middle of the road on Highway 260 and Out of Africa Parkway. The child was still inside and unharmed. The suspect exited the truck and walked north across the highway into the desert. A short time later, a deputy was driving in the opposite direction on Old Highway 279 and stopped a truck which contained two men. One of the men was identified as 25-year-old Miguel Antonio Ochoa from Phoenix. The driver of the truck claimed Ochoa had just approached him for a ride and he did not know him otherwise. Ochoa admitted to the theft of the truck and was also in possession of a piece of tinfoil with burnt residue and a straw that it was determined could be fentanyl. Ochoa was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including vehicle theft, kidnapping, endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.