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Man Arrested Near Tusayan For Reportedly Holding Family At Gunpoint And Other Felony Charges Friday

Coconino County Sheriff’s deputies received a call Friday from a concerned girl from Missouri, who claimed her boyfriend and the rest of his family were being held at gunpoint by the boyfriend’s father in the Grand Canyon and Supai Reservation area. The deputy that received the call recognized these people to be the same group that rammed a white truck through the tarmac gates at the Grand Canyon Airport and fled the scene earlier that day. Officials searched for the family that evening, but were unsuccessful. However, at 10 a.m. the next day, deputies received another lead. Supai Rangers claimed the same white truck, rammed through a gate along the reservation line west of Tusayan. Rangers stated a male subject began fleeing on foot while the rest of the party drove off. The suspect was later identified as 44-year-old Kaspar Ahrens of Genevieve, Missouri, and was taken into custody and transported to the Coconino County Jail via helicopter. Ahrens was booked on seven counts of felony endangerment, seven counts of threatening and intimidating, four counts of kidnapping, criminal damage and one count of unlawful imprisonment. He is being held on a 75-thousand dollar bond.

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