Woman beaten, sexually assaulted and held captive for days

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PHOENIX -- Police were able to bring a barricade situation in Central Phoenix to a peaceful end early Tuesday morning and arrest the suspect in an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault.

Woman said suspect kidnapped her

According to Sgt. Andy Hill of the Phoenix Police Department, it all started at about 3 a.m., when a woman went to police and told them she had been held against her will for two days.

The suspect, identified as Jose Hernandez, was wanted on a felony warrant, according to investigators.

The 26-year-old woman reportedly told officers she and Hernandez had prior contact and had even done meth together.

Investigators said the woman told them Hernandez busted into her apartment near Seven Street and Earll Drive two days ago and held her against her will. She said during that time, he threatened to kill her, burned her with cigarettes and sexually assaulted her. Police said she was treated on the scene for some minor injuries.

Officers said the woman also told them that Hernandez showed her a pipe bomb.

According to Hill, the woman said she was able to escape and go to police when Hernandez, 30, fell asleep early Tuesday morning.

Police officers, as well as officers from the Special Assignments Unit and the Bomb Squad, went to the woman's apartment and contacted Hernandez.

After speaking to officers on the phone, Hernandez gave himself up without a fight and was arrested on the outstanding warrant.

When police searched the apartment, they found some knives, but no pipe bomb.

At this point, Hernandez is not facing any additional charges, according to police.

Hill said detective are talking to both the victim and the suspect and still have many questions that need to be answered.