On Tuesday, twenty-three-year-old (23) Mario Baldwin was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an incident that occurred in Surprise on May 4th. According to Surprise Police, Mr. Baldwin began arguing with the victim, whose name has not been released, after she asked him to leave. Mr. Baldwin then pointed a gun at the woman’s head and escorted her to his vehicle. The woman broke loose from Mr. Baldwin and jumped from the vehicle. However, Mr. Baldwin lured her back into the vehicle, but she was able to escape again. The victim called Police, but Mr. Baldwin fled the scene before Police arrived. The U.S. Marshall’s Office and the Surprise Police Department arrested Mr. Baldwin at his home in Avondale on Tuesday.
According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1204, “A person commits aggravated assault if the person commits assault . . . under any of the following circumstances . . . (2) If the person uses a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument . . . .” Under Arizona law, aggravated assault is a Class 3 Felony. However, if the victim of the assault is under the age of fifteen (15), the assault will be considered a Class 2 Felony. In Arizona, aggravated assault will likely result in five (5) to fifteen (15) years in prison for the first conviction, ten (10) to twenty (20) years in prison for the second conviction, and fifteen (15) to twenty-five (25) years in prison for the third conviction.
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