PD: Tempe woman escapes 3-hour assault where she is bound, beaten and burned

Posted at 12:06 PM, Jun 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-12 17:40:36-04

A Tempe woman escaped with her 2-year-old child after a three-hour assault during which she was bound, beaten and burned. 

Tempe police report that on June 6 just before 6 a.m., they were called to an area near McClintock and University drives for an assault. 

A woman told police that her boyfriend, 27-year-old Joshua Rayfeal Gordon, began assaulting her around 2:30 that morning. 

Gordon allegedly started going through her social media pages and then hit her in the face with his fists. He then reportedly grabbed a five-inch steak knife and cut her multiple times on her arms and shoulders saying, "I should just kill you."

He took the victim to the bedroom where he allegedly handcuffed her to the clothes rod in the closet. He then continued his assault, this time using a leather belt. 

Police say, Gordon also heated a pair of tweezers and used it to burn the woman on her legs. 

At one point, Gordon released her from the handcuffs and she tried to escape with her child, but Gordon grabbed and choked her. The woman later told police that she lost consciousness several times during the assault. 

Just before 6 a.m., she got away with her child but was chased by Gordon across University Drive, where she was assisted by a bystander. 

Gordon is being held without bond for kidnapping and multiple counts of aggravated assault.