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Kidnapping suspect arrested after victim requested aid from Anthem Walmart employees


ANTHEM – A suspected kidnapper was arrested at the Anthem Walmart in the early morning hours on May 11 after he stopped there to change a flat tire. The kidnapping victim was able to slip a note to a Walmart employee asking for help, and Phoenix Police apprehended the suspect.

According to a Cottonwood Police news release, Cottonwood Police were told by the kidnapping victim’s family that the 31-year-old woman might have been kidnapped, noting that she had been set to come home from work at about 10 p.m. on May 10 but never came home. The family also reported that the woman had been harassed and stalked by 25-year-old Gilberto Adan Aguayo-Rodriguez of Agua Prieta, Mexico. The victim’s family began searching for her when she didn’t return home from work and found her vehicle, then found one of her shoes near a small pool of blood.

“Cottonwood Police sent out an alert for the suspect and vehicle he was known to drive to all Arizona Law Enforcement Agencies as well as adjoining states and all border crossings,” noted a report from Cottonwood Police. “Phoenix Police Department located the vehicle in parking lot of the Anthem Walmart after receiving a call from an employee stating a female in the store had given them a note asking them to call police as she had been kidnapped.”

Phoenix Police apprehended Aguayo-Rodriguez at the Anthem Walmart and held him until Cottonwood Police Detectives and a Yavapai County Attorney’s Office Investigator arrived on-scene. Investigators reported that the victim had injuries consistent with a struggle and being forcibly restrained; she was treated for her injuries.

Cottonwood Police reported that the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for Aguayo-Rodriguez for Kidnapping per Domestic Violence and Aggravated Assault per Domestic Violence. Aguayo-Rodriguez was taken into custody on the warrant and transported back to Yavapai County, where the investigation continues. Aguayo-Rodriguez is possibly facing numerous other felony charges. A request has also forwarded to Homeland Security and Immigration to check Aguayo-Rodriguez’s immigration status. The case is still under investigation.