Man wanted for kidnapping, theft out of Nev. nabbed in Flagstaff

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A man wanted on an outstanding felony for kidnapping and theft in Nevada was arrested Sunday in Flagstaff.

Employees from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad called the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office to report a man trespassing along the railroad about two miles east of Flagstaff city limits.

The suspect identified himself as Charles Edwards during initial questioning and provided police with at least two different Social Security numbers, one of which belonged to a woman in North Carolina.

The man was later identified through FBI fingerprints records as 28-year-old Matthew Charles Hayward. He reportedly tried to flee from officers while being taken to a Coconino County Detention Facility but was recaptured by deputies at the fence surrounding the jail.

Police say Hayward repeatedly refused to be fingerprinted or photographed until Thursday when he provided his fingerprints. They were submitted to the Arizona Department of Public Safety fingerprint section where his identity was revealed.

CCSO learned Hayward is wanted on an outstanding felony warrant for kidnapping, robbery and auto theft out of Henderson, Nev.