A woman who was allegedly forced into a truck outside a Sun City car wash told authorities she wasn’t ordered inside the vehicle against her will.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said they found and arrested Alfredo Montez Espinoza, 41, Monday night in connection with an incident that occurred Sunday night near 111th and Grand avenues.
According to a release, MCSO said an unknown woman was being chased and screaming for help in the Youngtown area. She was then allegedly forced into a black Silverado at the Clean Freak car wash in Sun City.
The vehicle then headed south on 111th Avenue. MCSO had obtained and released surveillance video of the incident.
MCSO said they identified Mr. Espinoza Monday afternoon and tracked his cell phone to a hotel in Wickenburg. He was found with the victim, who is his girlfriend.
According to court documents, the alleged victim told MCSO she and her boyfriend had been drinking at the club when she got into a fight with another female patron who had touched the victim’s boyfriend.
After leaving, Mr. Espinoza and his girlfriend argued about what happened. At some point, the victim exited the truck, and Mr. Espinoza followed her. The victim told MCSO she wanted to cool off but her boyfriend “guided” her back into the truck.
The victim told deputies she was not forced into the vehicle against her will, and that she didn’t believe she was in danger. The two then returned to the Wickenburg hotel, where they reportedly live out of.
MCSO also spoke to Mr. Espinzoa, who told a similar story and said he followed his girlfriend because she didn’t pay attention to her surroundings and he didn’t want to leave her in an unknown area.
He tried to get his girlfriend to get into the vehicle but she kept screaming at him to apologize. He denied that his girlfriend ever screamed for help or that he assaulted or hit his girlfriend.
According to court documents, MCSO said “based on the forceful nature seen in the surveillance video,” and the statements by Mr. Espinoza and his girlfriend, Mr. Espinoza was arrested and booked on one misdemeanor count of assault.
He was jailed in lieu of a $4,000 bond.