Kidnapping case linked to police chase in Green Valley

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Police and sheriff's deputies are searching for a possible armed suspect in Green Valley after a police chase Wednesday afternoon.

The pursuit stemmed from a kidnapping case in Tucson, according to Tucson Police Public Information Officer Sergeant Pete Dugan. Police got information about a possible kidnapping of a 16-year-old boy Tuesday evening. By Wednesday, police got information that the boy may be in a home at Melridge Street near South Liberty Avenue in Tucson.

Officers arrived at the house and noticed a car leaving the home Wednesday afternoon, according to Dugan. Upon noticing that more than one person was in the car, officers followed the car and after making a traffic stop, police said the car drove off. Officers from multiple agencies, including Tucson Police, the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety and U.S. Border Patrol assisted in the pursuit.

Officers pursued the car down I-19 into Green Valley. The car reached Camino del Sol near Mission Twin Buttes Road and crashed into a ditch. Two males, their ages unknown, ran from the vehicle and officers chased after them on foot. Police helicopters hovered over residential areas east of Camino del Sol near I-19 during the search. One suspect was found and taken into custody while another suspect remains at large. Police said the male suspect may be armed and dangerous.

Meantime, in Tucson, police continued its investigation at the house on Melridge Street where the kidnapping victim was allegedly held. At least four people ran from the house but were taken into custody as well, police said.

The boy exited the house with his hands tied, a bandana over his face, and with obvious signs of assault, according to police. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Dugan said the victim told police he was kidnapped and the people who were at the home had weapons and possibly explosives. A bomb squad and SWAT team were called to the house.

As for the search in Green Valley, police urge residents here to stay alert.

“If they notice anything suspicious, an individual around their neighborhood, around their house to please call 911. If anybody shows up at their door that they don't know, or anyone not familiar to them, they should let the police come check it out to see who they are," Dugan said.

Police have not said whether they've made arrests or pressed charges for the five total who have been taken into custody in this case.

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