Phoenix police: Woman beaten unconscious, suspects tried to force her into prostitution

PHOENIX - Two men have been arrested for allegedly holding a woman against her will and trying to force her into prostitution, at one point putting her in the trunk of a car.

Phoenix police say officers responded to a local hospital on Wednesday where a woman who had suffered serious injuries alleged she had been held against her will.

She told police she had been dropped off by one of the suspects involved in the crime.

The 34-year-old victim told police she had met a 30-year-old man a couple of months ago and last weekend he introduced her to another man, 31-year-old John Suggs.

The victim said over the weekend both men tried to persuade her to become involved in prostitution and when she refused, she was physically assaulted by both suspects.

She said they wouldn’t let her leave the residence, near 56th Street and Bell Road, where she was being held.

Neighbor David Bennett said he was scared knowing this happened so close to his wife and kids.  "I worry about my family being across the street from this."

The victim said the suspects forcibly took her to a nearby motel where she was expected to engage in an act of prostitution. She refused and was again assaulted.

Over the next couple of days the victim said she was beaten by the suspects and at one point put in the trunk of a Maserati in the garage for an extended period of time.

Neighbor Troy Rice said he had no idea what was going on just next door. "The last few days have been even quieter than normal…you wouldn't have thought anything was going on until the police showed up,” Rice said.

She was taken out of the vehicle but again beaten by Suggs until she lost consciousness three separate times.

Suggs ultimately took the victim to the hospital in the Maserati and dropped her off.

Police say she required 28 stitches to a cut on her head.

Detectives located both suspects Thursday night and they were booked into jail on charges of aggravated assault and kidnapping.

A search warrant was also served at the Suggs home to recover evidence.

Bennett said, "I'm glad this is over with to be honest with you."

Police say the woman has been released from the hospital.

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