Tucson PD arrest suspect in Sahuarita kidnapping, sexual assault - Tucson News Now

Tucson PD arrest suspect in Sahuarita kidnapping, sexual assault case

Travis Rockwood (Source: Tucson Police Department) Travis Rockwood (Source: Tucson Police Department)
SAHUARITA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 4, the Tucson Police Department Street Crimes Unit and SWAT arrested 37-year-old Travis Rockwood, a suspect in a kidnapping, sexual assault case in Sahuarita.  

Rockwood was booked into the Pima County Jail and faces the following felony charges: kidnapping, sexual abuse, aggravated assault with a weapon, unlawful use of means of transportation, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

The incident began back on Sept. 24, when SPD responded to a check welfare call in the area of East Sahuarita Road and Nogales Highway. According to officers they arrived on scene and found a woman, who told them she had been assaulted by a man who left the area in a vehicle she had borrowed from a friend.  

Detectives took over the investigation, according to a release.  They learned the woman had met the man via an internet classified ad, after agreeing to meet the woman borrowed a friend's car and picked up the suspectg in the Tucson area.  He asked her to then drive him to Sahuarita to pick up an item from his home, and once in Sahuarita the suspect took over the vehicle by assaulting and restraining the victim.  She was able to get away from the suspect at a red light at Sahuarita Road and Nogales Highway. 

It was at this point that the suspect fled the area, the woman gave detectives a description of the suspect as a white man about 6' tall, weighing 220 pounds, bald with a dirty blond goatee and blue eyes.  

MOBILE USERS: Download our app, the most-used news app in southern Arizona, to get breaking news alerts, weather forecasts and exclusive content on your Apple and Android devices.

SPD detectives learned during their investigation into the Sahuarita incident that a sexual assault report had been filed on Sept. 30, with TPD that appeared similiar to their case. Working together detectives identified the suspect as Travis Rockwood. 

According to the SPD release Rockwood was arrested without incident in the 1400 block of West Grant Road. 

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be added at a later date. The detectives are asking anyone with information to please call 88-CRIME (you can remain anonymous).

Copyright 2016 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Crime & CourtsMore>>

  • Police: man shot while trying to steal car

    Police: man shot while trying to steal car

    Saturday, April 22 2017 9:47 PM EDT2017-04-23 01:47:26 GMT

    Tucson police say a man was shot after trying to steal a car in the 2800 block of East Manchester Street.

    Tucson police say a man was shot after trying to steal a car in the 2800 block of East Manchester Street.

  • 'Person of interest' in custody in Phoenix 'Serial Street Shooter' case

    'Person of interest' in custody in Phoenix 'Serial Street Shooter' case

    Friday, April 21 2017 4:32 PM EDT2017-04-21 20:32:18 GMT
    Saturday, April 22 2017 9:44 PM EDT2017-04-23 01:44:27 GMT

    Multiple sources tell CBS 5 Investigates that Phoenix police have a person in custody who they are calling a "person of interest" in the Maryvale street shooter case. The person was arrested on unrelated charges this week.

    Multiple sources tell CBS 5 Investigates that Phoenix police have a person in custody who they are calling a "person of interest" in the Maryvale street shooter case. The person was arrested on unrelated charges this week.

  • Gunfire sensors credited with quick arrest in Fresno rampage

    Gunfire sensors credited with quick arrest in Fresno rampage

    Saturday, April 22 2017 12:04 PM EDT2017-04-22 16:04:38 GMT
    Saturday, April 22 2017 12:04 PM EDT2017-04-22 16:04:38 GMT
    The arrest of a gunman accused of going on a deadly rampage against white people in Fresno, California, was made with the help of technology that can detect the sound of gunfire and help police zero in on the source.
    The arrest of a gunman accused of going on a deadly rampage against white people in Fresno, California, was made with the help of technology that can detect the sound of gunfire and help police zero in on the source.
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • VIDEO: Girl rescued after falling out of bus

    VIDEO: Girl rescued after falling out of bus

    Sunday, April 23 2017 3:48 AM EDT2017-04-23 07:48:55 GMT
    Sunday, April 23 2017 3:48 AM EDT2017-04-23 07:48:55 GMT

    The 4-year-old has a broken jaw and will need surgery, but she is expected to be OK, her mother says.

    The 4-year-old has a broken jaw and will need surgery, but she is expected to be OK, her mother says.

  • Fight between TX cashiers caught on video

    Fight between TX cashiers caught on video

    Sunday, April 23 2017 7:28 AM EDT2017-04-23 11:28:42 GMT
    Sunday, April 23 2017 7:28 AM EDT2017-04-23 11:28:42 GMT

    The mother of one of the employees says her daughter was being bullied by the other woman, and management didn’t help.

    The mother of one of the employees says her daughter was being bullied by the other woman, and management didn’t help.

  • Mississippi high schooler's prom outfit goes viral

    Mississippi high schooler's prom outfit goes viral

    Thursday, April 20 2017 3:09 PM EDT2017-04-20 19:09:04 GMT
    Source: FacebookSource: Facebook

    She set the internet on fire this weekend and today we caught up with Jackson native Faith Thigpen as she was being professionally photographed in her blinged out prom jumpsuit.

    She set the internet on fire this weekend and today we caught up with Jackson native Faith Thigpen as she was being professionally photographed in her blinged out prom jumpsuit.

Powered by Frankly