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Ranger Intervenes In Abduction Of Woman

Petrified Forest National Park

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On the morning of November 10th, ranger Gerald Parker contacted two people in a vehicle parked illegally on a highway on-ramp at the park. While Parker was questioning driver Sherwin Saunders, the passenger gave him a nervous glance. Parker noticed that she had blood on a shirt that she was holding, so had Saunders step out of the vehicle and questioned him about the blood. He said he didn’t know anything about it. At that the time, the woman got out of the car and said “help me.” Parker handcuffed Saunders in order to detain him while completing his investigation. The woman told Parker that she and Saunders had been together at a party in Flagstaff the previous night, and that she’d tried to get out of the car as they were leaving Flagstaff because he had “freaked out,” hit her in the nose, and threatened to shoot her in the back if she ran from him. A wants check on Saunders revealed that there were two felony warrants out against him, one for assault with a firearm. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a loaded pistol under the driver’s seat. Arizona DPS and Apache County officers took Saunders into custody. The woman was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Gallup, New Mexico.


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