MESA, AZ - Police have arrested a man accused of kidnapping a woman from a Mesa library and leaving her in a remote desert area.
Sgt. Tony Landato said Alonzo Robles, 24, was taken into into custody by the U.S. Marshall's Office in South Carolina Saturday.
On August 10th, the victim was returning books when Robles approached her and asked for a ride.
The 45-year-old woman agreed and when they were driving, Robles pulled out a knife and threatened her.
He then stabbed the victim multiple times and restrained her in the back seat while stealing the vehicle.
Robles drove the victim to a remote area south of Florence and then disabled the vehicle.
He told the woman he was going to Tucson and left her in the desert. The witness told police Robles walked to the highway and hitched a ride with a passing motorist.
The victim was able to get free and is recovering from non life-threatening injuries.
Landato said Robles was positively identified during a photo line-up by the victim.
In addition, there was evidence recovered linking Robles to the crime scene. Police said they were able to find Robles with the help of Silent Witness and local media.
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