Man arrested outside Sedona for assaulting wife

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SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say a man beat his wife and dragged her by the hair from an apartment in the Village of Oak Creek.
 
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that 35-year-old Michael Tafoya was released on bond from Camp Verde Detention Center.
 
Deputies say Tafoya forced his teenage wife into his SUV on Tuesday night and punched a 16-year-old male relative who tried to intervene. Tafoya fled before authorities arrived.

Investigators located his SUV Wednesday just before 4 a.m. down the street from his Rimrock home.
 
They found Tafoya hiding under a bed. The victim sustained several visible scrapes, cuts and bruises.
 
Tafoya also faces charges of assault, unlawful imprisonment, intentional injury to another and disorderly conduct.