Suspect wanted in sexual assault at Phoenix truck stop arrested in Texas

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PHOENIX -- A suspect wanted for a brutal beating and sexual assault in Phoenix has been arrested in Texas.

A woman who cleans the interior/cab area of semi trucks and her boyfriend were at a truck stop near 51st Avenue and Interstate 10 at approximately 9 p.m. on Jan. 16. While the boyfriend was inside the business making a purchase, a man approached the woman and hired her to clean the living area of his truck.

According to Phoenix police Detective James Holmes, once inside the truck, the suspect began beating the woman and sexually assaulted her.

The suspect held the 30-year-old victim captive for several hours then released her in the area of 32nd Street and Broadway Road.

A good Samaritan found the victim and drove her home where the police were called. Holmes said officers found the victim had been severely beaten about the head and body and there was clear evidence that she had been restrained.

The victim was transported to a local hospital. Holmes said she is still being treated for head trauma suffered during the attack.

Phoenix police detectives determined that the suspect's tractor/trailer was from a national moving company and were able to positively identify him as Darryl Clark, 40.

Clark was located in Austin, Texas, and was arrested and booked into jail on Feb. 11. He is currently fighting extradition to Arizona.

Detectives say Clark has worked for the moving company for about seven years and his work has taken him to 30 different states. Detectives have learned that there may have been a similar investigation in San Antonio, Texas, involving the suspect, but no charges were filed.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation should contact the Phoenix Police Crime Stop at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.