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Police Blotter: Kidnapping, sexual assault suspect arrested during traffic stop

WINDOW ROCK

A Flagstaff man suspected in a home break-in and sexual assault in Flagstaff was arrested Saturday during a traffic stop.

Jason Gonnie, 18, was taken into custody at 4:30 a.m. at 4 th Street and Highway 66 in Flagstaff Saturday, according to a press release from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s deputies and Flagstaff police cooperated on the arrest.

Gonnie was taken into custody without incident, according to the release.

He was then transported to the Coconino County Detention Facility, where he was booked on charges of kidnapping, sex assault, three counts of endangerment, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, possession of marijuana and a probation warrant. Bond was set at $150,000.

Gonnie is suspected in a break-in last Wednesday night that resulted in a sexual assault.

He allegedly remained at the residence until Thursday morning, at which time he allegedly brandished a weapon and refused to let the victim and children leave the home, then allegedly sexually assaulted the victim.

The victim and her children were able to escape after the assailant moved to another level of the home, according to sheriff’s deputies. Officers arrived and searched the home with the aid of a dog and a robot but did not find the assailant, who had apparently escaped and fled the home.

The sheriff’s office acknowledged the assistance of the Flagstaff Police, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Marshals Office, the media and the public in “bringing this matter to a peaceful resolution.”



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