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Arizona Lawmaker Beaten, Bound on Christmas

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"knocked him unconscious"

An Arizona state lawmaker is recovering after an unknown attacker beat and bound him at the local politician's business.

Christmas Day, State Rep. Frank Pratt went to check on his swimming pool store when he stumbled across a person inside the building. That person "severely beat him, knocked him unconscious, and left him bound inside the building," police said in a statement. The attacker then stole Pratt's SUV.

According to CNN, Pratt was eventually found by his wife:

Janice Pratt said she initially went by the store after one hour, but left when she didn't see his truck. When she came back three hours later, she spotted an unlocked gate and heard him calling out for help, she said.

Frank Pratt was treated by fire officials and flown to a Phoenix-area hospital where he was reported in stable condition with multiple bruises and at least one fracture, police said. There were no major broken bones, his wife said.

Pratt is a Republican who represents Arizona's 23rd district. He was supposed to open the new legislative session on January 11, but that is now in question.

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