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Authorities Arrest Kidnapping Suspect South Of Flagstaff Tuesday

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Authorities arrested a kidnapping suspect south of Flagstaff Tuesday. Coconino County Sheriff’s deputies were attempting to find a male suspect and a female victim, who was reportedly forced into a vehicle along Interstate-17 in the late morning hours. At around noon, CCSO received a call from the Mustang Gas Station in Clints Well along Highway 87, reporting the vehicle from the incident on I-17 was in the area. The caller told officials a female passenger was seen strapped, or tied, to the front passenger seat in a white-colored four-door Jeep Wrangler. The caller followed the Jeep to a forest service road. Deputies from Coconino and Navajo counties, as well as a DPS helicopter, looked for the vehicle, which was found later in the evening. Authorities took the driver, Brandon Stewart of Scottsdale, into custody without incident. The female victim was located and was uninjured. Stewart was taken to the Navajo County Detention Center and booked on charges of unlawful imprisonment. Further charges are pending.