Thirty-two-year-old (32) Salvardor Ortiz Reyes was arrested for aggravated assault, kidnapping, threatening and intimidating and theft after he kidnapped his girlfriend and threatened to kill her as he drove her around in his vehicle for over an hour. According to Chandler Police Department Spokesman Detective Seth Tyler, on Tuesday, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Officers were called to the scene of a kidnapping at Ray and McQueen Roads in Chandler. When Officers arrived, they discovered that Mr. Reyes had fled in a gold Dodge with his girlfriend in the vehicle. At some point, Mr. Reyes stopped the car and forced his girlfriend to get out of the vehicle. His girlfriend then fell to her knees begging Mr. Reyes to spare her life. Approximately an hour later, Police heard a woman in a gold Dodge, driving in the direction of the girlfriend’s home, screaming. Police then stopped the vehicle and arrested Mr. Reyes.
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 . . . .” If the victim is voluntarily released, without injury, to a safe place before the perpetrator is arrested, kidnapping is a Class 3 Felony. Otherwise, kidnapping is a Class 2 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 (25) years imprisonment.
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