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Flagstaff, AZ; On Saturday, August 16, 2014 the Flagstaff Police/Coconino County Sheriff’s 911 Dispatch center received a cell phone call from a motorist who said he was driving in the area of Old East Route 66 by the Market Place retail outlets when he was waved down by a female who said she had been physically and sexually assaulted. The 35 year old female victim of Flagstaff declined medical examination and treatment at the scene and was transported to the Sheriff’s Office to meet further with investigators.
Thus far the investigation has revealed the victim was in downtown Flagstaff on Friday evening when she was contacted by her ex-boyfriend, a 45 year old male of Flagstaff. According to the victim the suspect drove alongside of her and ordered her into the car and she complied. During the victim’s contact with the suspect at times he was brandishing a handgun. Initially the suspect drove the victim to the area of Buffalo Park where she exited the vehicle and attempted to escape. According to the victim, the suspect physically assaulted her, bound her hands together in front of her, attempted to choke her, and tied a rope around her neck. The suspect threatened the victim’s life and forced her back into the vehicle. The suspect then drove the victim to an area in East Flagstaff off of Old East Route 66 where he physically and sexually assaulted her.
According to the victim, at one point inside the vehicle the suspect fell asleep allowing the victim to escape. According to the victim she ran to the location where she flagged down the passing motorist.
Following her interview with Sheriff’s Office investigators, the victim was transported to the Northern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault. Deputies issued an attempt to locate on the suspect and his vehicle and he was subsequently located by Flagstaff Police officers and arrested for one count of Kidnapping per Domestic Violence, one Count of Sexual Assault per Domestic Violence, one count of Aggravated Assault per Domestic Violence and one count of Weapons Misconduct/Prohibited Possessor. Due to the previous relationship between the suspect and the victim the suspect’s name is not being released in an attempt to protect the victim’s identity.
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Media and Public Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5089