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SVPD: Man arrested for kidnapping, attempted murder

Posted at 5:06 PM, Apr 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-26 21:57:01-04

Sierra Vista Police arrested 30-year-old Christopher Gray Thursday on charges that include kidnapping and attempted murder.

According to a press release from SVPD, deputies responded to reports that a woman had been kidnapped and escaped the trunk of a car at a Circle K in Tombstone. The victim had duct tape binding her wrists and feet.

Police say she threw herself out of the trunk and called out for help. Her injuries show that she was beaten severely and was kidnapped from her east side home in Sierra Vista. The suspect left the area and headed towards Bisbee.

Officers later located the suspect's vehicle and pulled him over. Police then took him into custody at gunpoint.

Detectives continued to investigate and learned that Gray broke into the victim's home, beat her, tied her wrists and ankles with duct tape, and forced her into the passenger compartment of his car. Police say he continued to beat her while driving.

Detectives say Gray doused the victim with a flammable liquid and attempted to ignite her in the desert between Bisbee and Tombstone, but was unsuccessful. 

Gray traveled to Tombstone with the victim in the trunk of his car to purchase a gas can and gasoline at the Circle K on Sumner Street. At this point the victim pulled the emergency latch on the trunk, escaped the vehicle, and yelled for help, SVPD said.

Gray is currently being held at the Cochise County Jail in Bisbee without bond. His charges include domestic violence/kidnapping, domestic violence/aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder.