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Sahuarita PD arrest man for kidnapping and sexual assault

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Posted at 11:37 AM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 15:03:44-04

Sahuarita police, with the assistance of Tucson police, arrested a 37-year-old man for sexual abuse, kidnapping, and other felony charges according to a news release. 

Sahuarita police say on September 24 officers responded to a welfare check in the area of East Sahuarita Road and Nogales Highway. 

As officers arrived, they located an adult woman who said she was assaulted by a man who had left the area in her friends borrowed vehicle. 

Detectives learned that the victim met the suspect through an internet classified advertisement.

After the two met, the woman borrowed a friend's vehicle and picked the man up in the Tucson area. 

The man then asked the woman if she could drive him to Sahuarita to pick up an item from his house.

As the two arrived in Sahuarita, the man took control of the vehicle by assaulting and restraining the woman. 

Police say the woman was able to get free and jump from the car when the vehicle stopped for a red light at Sahuarita Road and Nogales Highway. 

The man then fled the area and was not located.

Detectives continued their investigation and learned of a similar sexual assault report filed on September 30 with the Tucson Police Department.

Together, the detectives identified the suspect as 37-year-old Travis Rockwood.

In the early morning hours on Tuesday, TPD' Street Crimes Unit and SWAT located Rockwood in the 1400 block of West Grant Road and apprehended him without incident. 

Rockwood was transported and booked into the Pima County Jail on felony charges of kidnapping, Sexual Abuse, Aggravated Assault with a Weapon, Unlawful Use of Means of Transportation, Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Sahuarita police say the investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be added at a later date.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to please call 88-CRIME, you can remain anonymous.