PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Phoenix police have arrested a man accused of assaulting two women over the past week. The first incident brought to Phoenix police happened about 7:30 a.m. Monday when a woman reported she was attacked north of Northern Avenue, along the north side of the Arizona Canal between Central Avenue and 7th Street.
Court documents describe the suspect, later identified as 34-year-old Charles Michely, dragging, hitting and sexually assaulting the woman. The victim told investigators how Michely, "strangled her so hard she lost consciousness three times," during the attack until nearby witnesses hear her screams and came to her help. Michely ran away, but the victim was able to give police a description of her attacker.
"I was driving and I just saw a man attack a woman from behind and bring her down to the rocks," said Tanya Emelander, who witnessed the attack. "She was screaming "help me," so that I won't forget."
Emelander immediately jumped into action and said the victim needed help. "Roll your window down, we need to help them," said Emelander. "We need to help them, I think they're going to kill that person, they're going to rape that person. We need to go help."
Early the following day, Michely was reportedly involved in a second attack in Phoenix when he reportedly tackled a woman near 7th and Campbell avenues. Court documents say that in this second incident two nearby men stepped in to help the victim, holding Michely until police arrived. Investigators were able to link both assaults to Michely.
"I just acted upon what I saw," said Josh Zaruba, one of the men who helped restrained Michely until police arrived. The other man, Ruben Gomez, says he was driving down 7th Avenue when he saw the attack unfold. "The fear in this woman's face when I first showed up was just priceless, it was unbelievable," said Gomez.
Court documents say Michely was wearing a GPS ankle monitor. The monitor reportedly put Michely in the same area as Monday's reported attack. Michely is charged with attempted murder, sexual assault, assault, kidnapping and resisting arrest. The investigation is ongoing.
"I won't forget that scream, "help me," and that's what we did," added Emelander.