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Man Kidnaps Estranged Wife then Shoots Himself

According to Police, forty-year-old (40) John Sotelo kidnapped his estranged wife leaving her unharmed in the desert before shooting and killing himself.  On Wednesday, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Police received a call from a Woman who said Mr. Sotelo had kidnapped her Mother at gunpoint forcing her into a pickup truck and driving away.  Police said they located the pickup truck in the desert, but Mr. Sotelo fled the scene with a handgun on foot leaving his Wife uninjured in the truck.  Ninety (90) minutes into the search, Police heard a gunshot and found Mr. Sotelo dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Police also found weapons, including an AK-47 rifle, and ammunition in the pickup truck.

According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1304, “A person commits kidnapping by knowingly restraining another person with intent to . . . (4) Place the victim or a third person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury to the victim or the third person . . . .” Unless the perpetrator releases the victim voluntarily, without injuring the victim, to a safe place prior to arrest, kidnapping is a Class 2 Felony.  If the victim is safely released before arrest, kidnapping is a Class 3 Felony.  Under Arizona law, the penalties for kidnapping vary depending on the circumstances of the offense and may result in probation up to twenty-five years imprisonment.

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