Valley veteran shares his story after witnessing a possible abduction in the Phoenix area

PHOENIX - What would you do if you saw someone in another vehicle waving her arms asking for help?

Would you stop or would you drive off?

One Valley veteran claims he saw a woman in distress Sunday morning, and doesn't want to think about what could have happened if he hadn't stopped to check on her.

David Carrasco called in to ABC15 Sunday morning to tell his story.

He says he was driving from Maricopa to Phoenix after a camping trip around 6:30 a.m. when he noticed a vehicle on the side of the road with its passenger door wide open.

A woman inside the vehicle looked frantic and was frantically waving, he said.

He decided to pull over and see what was wrong.

"I rolled my window down and I asked what was going on and she said, 'I was taken and I was beaten,'" Carrasco said. Then the driver in the vehicle sped off.

Carrasco said he followed the vehicle for a few miles, called 911 and then stopped to tell two Gila River police officers he saw parked on the side of the road. The officers went after the vehicle.

The chase appears to have ended near 7th Avenue and Dobbins in Phoenix, according to photos snapped by Carrasco.

He says he lost track of the police cruisers for a few miles, but as he continued his drive home, noticed that multiple cruisers, including those marked Phoenix Police Department, had joined the chase.

"To see the look on her face, it was pure frightful. It's hard to describe. Who knows? He could have killed her, but her face was bruised," said Carrasco.

The photos show multiple police vehicles and officers, from both Gila River and Phoenix police, place a man in handcuffs. It also shows officers talking with a woman nearby. In one photo, the woman is covering her face with her hands.

ABC15 has reached out to the Phoenix Police Department and the Gila River Police Department in an effort to get more details regarding this story. We have yet to hear back.

ABC15 is not showing the faces of the woman or the man involved in the incident in an effort to protect their identities.

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