Surprise woman robbed by inmate she helped get out of jail

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A woman in Surprise who helped a man get out of jail ended up being his latest theft and kidnapping victim.

According to Surprise police, Jay Connolly, 29, and his female acquaintance, Candy Dean, 42, was inside the victim's home Thursday night when they overpowered the victim and tied her up with shoelaces. The pair allegedly stole the victim's cellphone, a handgun and her purse before driving off in her car.

After about two hours, the victim was able to free herself and get to a neighbor's house to call police. She suffered minor injuries due to being tied up.

Investigators learned the two suspects were staying at a motel in Phoenix in the area of 8100 North Black Canyon, according to police. Officers took both Connolly and Dean into custody Friday morning after watching the motel for several hours.

Police tell 3TV the victim first met Connolly while she was a volunteer in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office jails. Connolly was an inmate at the time. The victim helped pay for his bond to be released and then allowed Connolly to stay at her house.

Connolly and Dean were booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail on charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, theft of means of transportation, and theft.