PD: Woman pushes emergency button on cell phone to get help after sex assault

Posted at 11:34 AM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 15:58:12-04

A man was arrested for sexual assault after the victim pushed an "emergency button" on her cell phone to get help.

Phoenix Police report that on April 12, they got an emergency call, and were able to hear a woman crying, saying that she had been "raped and choked."

Police traced the location of the phone to an area near 31st and Glendale avenues, where they found a gold-colored car. 

When they pulled up near the car, the female victim raced out of the car crying. 

The male suspect in the car, 31-year-old Fredi William Salgado-Recendiz, reportedly accelerated toward the officers and attempted to go around their vehicles. However, police were able to block his attempted escape. 

The victim reported to police that she was walking near 27th Avenue and Indian School road toward a Circle K when Recendiz offered her a ride. 

Instead, he took her to a different location, activated the child safety locks and ordered her into the back seat where he sexually assaulted her. 

At one point the woman was able to reach her cell phone and push the "emergency button."

Police say Recendiz was charged in 2011 for a similar incident. 

He is being held without bond for kidnapping and sexual assault.