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Person of interest sought following alleged assault, armed robbery in Sierra Vista

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Sierra Vista Police seek a person of interest after authorities arrested a Tucson man in connection with an assault and armed robbery at a motel on March 3.

Authorities determined Donald Joseph Arteaga, 25, met a woman in Tucson and asked her to go with him to a Motel 6 while he worked a construction job laying tiles in Sierra Vista.

The woman later told authorities she prostituted herself to another motel guest and gave Arteaga part of the profits. She said when Arteaga came back from work on March 3, he accused her and the man of stealing the money while he was gone. He then allegedly beat the man and forced them to take off their clothes while threatening them with a knife, according to a news release. Police said he also choked and sexually assaulted the woman.

The woman escaped and called police.

Arteaga and his friend "Ray," later identified as Raymond JosephRamirez, fled the scene before officers arrived.

Authorities found Arteaga at a nearby motel and booked him into the Cochise County Jail on two charges each of kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated assaultand sexual assault. He was also charged with one count of receiving earnings forprostitution and procurement of prostitution.

Investigators seek Ramirez for questioning. Anyone with information is urged to call the Sierra Vista Police Department at (520) 452-7500.

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