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U.S. Border Patrol agents on Friday in Yuma rescued an 18-year-old woman, originally reported missing from Phoenix, from a man they say kidnapped her, officials said.

A man was arrested by Department of Public Safety troopers at the immigration checkpoint east of Yuma on suspicion of kidnapping, aggravated assault, domestic violence and disorderly conduct, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release.

Agents at the immigration checkpoint selected the suspect’s 2016 Jeep Patriot for a secondary search after a canine alerted to it, the agency said.

The woman and her driver were questioned separately, which is when the woman told officials she had been taken against her will and beaten by the man, according to the release. 

After running a record check of both individuals, agents said they learned the woman was reported missing from Phoenix. 

The woman was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center before returning to her family.

The identity of the kidnapping suspect and further details were not immediately available.

“We prepare our agents to handle all sorts of situations in all types of environments,” Anthony Provaznik, Chief Patrol Agent of the Yuma Sector Border Control, said.  “It was with this training that agents were able to save a woman from her kidnapper, leading to her eventual return to her family.”


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