District 23 Representative Frank Pratt-R, 68, a former Maricopa High School graduate, was beaten, tied up and left unconscious inside his Casa Grande business, Pratt Pools, in the early afternoon of Christmas Day.
Pratt was attacked by someone in the building, located in the 100 block of W. Cottonwood Lane, when he went to check on his business, according to police.
At 4 p.m. his wife, Janice, tried to call him, but his cell phone had been left at their residence. Looking for him at their business, she noticed his car, a state-issued gold 2007 GMC Yukon with Arizona plate 815-KYJ, was not there.
She went home, not realizing the truck had been stolen and her husband was inside the pool business tied up.
At 8 p.m. she returned, tried the door of the business and heard Pratt calling for help.
Pratt was treated by Casa Grande Fire; he was then flown to a Phoenix hospital. He is in stable condition with at least one fracture, multiple bruises and contusions and a split lip that will require plastic surgery.
The representative hopes to recover in time for the Legislative session on Jan. 11, which he has been asked to open.
Police have not indicated whether the attack was random or other items were stolen from the pool business.
The Casa Grande Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating Pratt’s Yukon.
Anybody who sees the vehicle is asked to call 911 and report it to the nearest law enforcement agency. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Casa Grande Police Department at 520- 421-9700.