Calif. woman kidnapped by husband rescued in Seligman

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The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

SELIGMAN, Ariz. -- On December 6, 2008, at approximately 2:45 P.M., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported kidnapping victim who was seeking rescue. The reporting party was an employee at the Copper Cart Restaurant located in the 100 block of Chino Avenue, Seligman. The employee reported being approached by a female who explained she had been kidnapped and was being held against her will by the man she was dining with. YCSO was contacted, arrived within minutes, and detained both parties. The male, identified as 47-year-old Jesus Marquez, claimed everything was fine as he was just having a meal with his wife.

The deputies spoke with the 46-year-old victim away from Marquez and she was obviously traumatized. The victim is estranged from Marquez due to domestic violence issues and had a restraining order in place to keep him away from her. During the late evening hours on December 4, Marquez entered her Los Angeles home and attacked her. He assaulted her because he was upset about recent domestic violence charges she filed against him. Marquez then wrapped duct tape around her head to cover her mouth and tied her arms and legs with cord. Marquez drove her vehicle to the back of the home and placed her in the trunk where she remained for the next seven hours. The next day, December 5, Marquez finally stopped and took her out of the trunk. She recognized the area as Hyde Park (west of Seligman) where Marquez owns a cabin on an isolated piece of land.

The victim remained with Marquez overnight and was continually assaulted. The following day, December 6, she asked for food and Marquez agreed to take her into town for a meal if she agreed not to speak to anyone. They eventually ended up at the Copper Cart Restaurant. Under the ruse of using the restroom, she snuck into the kitchen and passed her vehicle ID card to an employee and explained she had been kidnapped.

The victim was treated for several injuries sustained during the assaults and trunk ride. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, having law enforcement jurisdiction where the victim resides, was notified of the incident. L.A. deputies conducted a search of the victim's home and recovered evidence corroborating the kidnapping. The victim's family was also notified about the ordeal and the fact the victim was now safe.

Marquez was booked at the Prescott Detention Center for Kidnapping and 3 counts of Assault. YCSO Criminal Investigations is handling the investigation in conjunction with the L.A. Sheriff investigation. Jurisdiction regarding prosecution is currently under review while Marquez remains in YCSO custody.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at (928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov