No bond for Mesa man accused of sexually assaulting woman

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Michael Angelo Bouzos By Christina O'Haver Michael Angelo Bouzos By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A Mesa man accused of sexually assaulting a woman has been ordered held without bond.

Chandler police say 20-year-old Michael Angelo Bouzos was arrested Wednesday afternoon.

He was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on suspicion of three counts of sexual assault, two counts of kidnapping and one count of sex abuse.

Police say Bouzos allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in his car on Feb. 6 in a gated community near Cooper and Riggs roads.

The woman told police that Bouzos had offered her a ride as she was walking to her grandmother's home in Chandler.

"When the victim wanted to go home, Mr. Bouzos is alleged to have not allowed that and is alleged to have sexually assaulted her and abused her in the process," said Chandler Police Det. Seth Tyler.

Police said the victim pointed them to a gas station where Bouzos stopped to by cigarettes, and she preserved her clothing for evidence.

Investigators obtained surveillance photos from the gas station and released them to the public. Tips from the public led them to Bouzos.

"We would not have been able to get Mr. Bouzos into custody as quickly as we did without the help from the public and without help from the victim," Tyler said.

Bouzos reportedly admitted to picking the victim up in his car but denied the rape allegations.

He didn't have an attorney at his initial court appearance Friday. He faces a March 5 status conference in his case and a March 9 preliminary hearing.


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