Suspect, victim found in Surprise area after alleged kidnapping in Idaho

Sandra Rios-Chavez and Miguel Rodriguez-Perez (Submitted photos)

A suspect is in custody after an alleged kidnapping in Idaho ended in the recovery of the victim in Surprise.

Around 12:50 a.m. Tuesday morning, authorities Sandra Rios-Chavez and Miguel Rodriguez-Perez near Cotton Lane and Bell Road in Surprise. Authorities were able to ping Mr. Rodriguez-Perez’s phone to that area. The pair was found hiding under bushes and trees, a Form IV document states.

Rios-Chavez was unharmed, and Mr. Rodriguez-Perez was taken into custody without further incident. He faces charges from an outstanding felony warrant out of Idaho. Rios-Chavez was placed in the custody of the Arizona Department of Child Safety custody and is awaiting return to her family.

Mr. Rodriguez-Perez was jailed in lieu of a $1 million cash-only bond and is expected to be extradited to Idaho.

The Form IV indicates Mr. Rodriguez-Perez allegedly abducted the victim, raped and assaulted her, and made threats to kill her.

Authorities across multiple states had been looking for the pair after Rodriguez-Perez reportedly kidnapped Rios-Chavez at a Wendy’s in Jerome, Idaho Sunday evening.

Around 7 p.m. Monday, the Arizona Department of Transportation issued an Amber Alert with information on the pair.

Authorities in Idaho said the two were in a relationship but Mr. Rodriguez-Perez was recently ordered to stay away from Rios-Chavez.

On Monday, Mr. Rodriguez-Perez’s phone was pinged between Kingman and Wikieup, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He reportedly has contacts in Mexico and Surprise.

The two were driving in a 2015 black Audi A4 with an Idaho license plate.

The Surprise Police Department said its officer were made aware of the Amber Alert and were provided with information regarding a possible route of travel through Surprise. Officers patrolling in the area located the suspect vehicle near Patton Road and Grand Avenue. Officers tried to stop the vehicle but it fled without any verbal contact.

The vehicle was located abandoned about 5 minutes later.

Authorities had believed the suspect and victim were in the area given the short time between the vehicle being ditched and then located.

Officers from several jurisdictions, including the Phoenix, Peoria, Goodyear and Wickenburg police departments, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, participat3ed in the search. K-9s and helicopters were also used.

The FBI and Jerome County Sheriff’s Office are also involved as the main agencies regarding the alleged kidnapping.

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