Suspect in Mesa stabbing, kidnapping arrested in South Carolina

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 21 at 4:05 PM

MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa police have arrested a suspect they say stabbed a woman and left her in a remote location near Florence.

Alonzo Robles, 24, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service in South Carolina on Saturday afternoon.

Investigators released surveillance video of the suspect on Thursday and received numerous tips identifying him. Robles was positively identified during a photo lineup by the victim and evidence recovered linked him to the crime scene, according to Mesa police Sgt. Tony Landato.

Police said the victim was at the Main Public Library in Mesa returning books at 10:20 a.m. on Aug. 10 when the suspect approached and asked for a ride to the bus station. After repeated pleading, the victim agreed and they left the parking lot in her vehicle.

Once in the car, the suspect threatened the victim with a knife and forced her to drive him south. During the drive, the suspect stabbed the victim several times and then tied her in the back seat, according to police.

The suspect then drove the car to a remote location south of Florence off of Highway 79 where the vehicle was disabled. The victim was left bound outside the car in a desert area.

The suspect stated he was going to go to Tucson. He walked to the highway and possibly hitched a ride with a passing motorist on AZ 79 and the Florence-Kelvin Highway.

The victim was able to get free and is recovering from non life-threatening injuries.

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