Arizona man Michael Tafoya arrested for assaulting wife

SEDONA, AZ - Authorities say a man beat his wife and dragged her by the hair from an apartment in the Village of Oak Creek.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that 35-year-old Michael Tafoya was released on bond from Camp Verde Detention Center.

Deputies say Tafoya forced his teenaged wife into his SUV on Tuesday night and punched a 16-year-old male relative who tried to intervene. Tafoya fled before authorities arrived.

Investigators located his SUV Wednesday just before 4 a.m. down the street from his Rimrock home.

They found Tafoya hiding under a bed. The victim sustained several visible scrapes, cuts and bruises.

Tafoya also faces charges of assault, unlawful imprisonment, intentional injury to another and disorderly conduct.

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