|Written by Mark Lineberger|
|Wednesday, 07 July 2010 08:00|
A kidnapping attempt that started in Phoenix was foiled by the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office last week.
A 29-year-old man was charged with unlawful imprisonment June 26 after trying to forcibly take his 23-year-old ex-girlfriend to his home in Oklahoma.
Authorities were alerted after a witness saw the suspect carrying the unwilling woman to his car at the Sunset Point rest area on I-17.
The woman, who had been taken from the Phoenix area, tried to escape and hide at the rest area after making the excuse that she needed to use the bathroom, said Robin Bruno, with the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office.
Her attempt failed, but did clue the reporting witness in to the fact that something wasn’t right.
From what investigators were able to determine, the woman was moving on with her life while the suspect apparently wasn’t willing to let her go.
Deputies in Camp Verde intercepted the suspect’s vehicle near Milepost 295 on I-17, and conducted a high-risk traffic stop.
A high-risk traffic stop means deputies wait for backup, treat the suspect as armed and dangerous, and approach the vehicle with guns drawn, Bruno said. The suspect and the victim are from Myanmar, and neither one speaks much English, Bruno said.
Aside from confusion that can result from someone with a gun giving commands in a language the suspect doesn’t understand, the suspect was cooperative with deputies, Bruno said.
The suspect was arrested and booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center in Camp Verde.
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