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.  

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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).

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