Cottonwood woman kidnapped, man arrested

Posted at 5:02 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 01:38:15-04

A Cottonwood woman was able to get help at an Anthem Walmart store after a man, who relatives said had harassed and stalked her, kidnapped her. 

According to police information, family members of a 31-year-old woman said she had not returned home from work on May 10; relatives found the woman's car in a secluded area near her job and found one of her shoes on the ground along with a small pool of blood. They told police that 25-year old Gilberto Adan Aguayo-Rodriguez had previously harassed and stalked the woman. 

Cottonwood police alerted state law enforcement agencies, and the Phoenix Police Department later located the woman after the vehicle Aguayo-Rodriguez was driving was found at an Anthem Walmart. 

Police say Aguayo-Rodriguez stopped at the Walmart to change a flat tire; during that time, the woman was able to alert a store employee to call police and tell them she had been kidnapped. 

Phoenix police arrived at the store and held the man until Cottonwood police detectives and an investigator with the Yavapai County Attorney's Office arrived.

Officials noticed the woman had several injuries that are similar to those of being forcibly restrained. The woman was treated for her injuries. 

Aguayo-Rodriguez was taken into custody for kidnapping per domestic violence and aggravated assault per domestic violence charges. He may be facing other felony charges as well.