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Victim of P.C.abduction found

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF
Police located Amalia Morales-Pacheco, left, who authorities say was kidnapped by Mario Gutierrez-Ruiz, right. Courtesy of the Park City Police Department.
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UPDATE:Federal prosecutors Wednesday filed charges against Mario Gutierrez-Ruiz, alleging that he kidnapped a woman at gunpoint outside her residence early Monday morning.

By 2:45 p.m., a formal complaint had not been filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City but the FBI said in a statement that the complaint had been submitted.

Investigators found Amalia Morales-Pacheco and the suspected kidnapper in Flagstaff, Ariz., late on Tuesday. FBI agents and police from Flagstaff arrested Gutierrez-Ruiz at the Flagstaff Medical Center and rescued Morales-Pacheco.

The FBI said Gutierrez-Ruiz was being held at a detention center in Flagstaff and was expected to make an initial appearance in court before a federal magistrate Wednesday afternoon.

The authorities late Tuesday afternoon found a woman in a Flagstaff, Ariz., hospital who had been reported kidnapped the day before in Park City, the Park City Police Department said.

Police had launched a manhunt for 30-year-old Amalia Morales-Pacheco and her alleged abductor, Mario Gutierrez-Ruiz, after Morales-Pacheco’s employer had reported to her family that she had not arrived at work on Monday.

The Police Department said the victim was found at about 4:30 p.m. at the Flagstaff Medical Center. Officers from Flagstaff and FBI agents arrested Gutierrez-Ruiz at the medical center, the police said.

Morales-Pacheco was at the medical center Tuesday night for what is described as a non-life threatening condition, according to the Police Department.

The Police Department said earlier on Tuesday that the suspect may have used a gun when she was taken. The police released few other details on Tuesday.

A former boyfriend may have abducted a Park City woman Monday evening, the Park City Police Department said, prompting a manhunt stretching to the Mexican border for the two.

According to the Police Department, Amalia Morales-Pacheco, who is 30 years old, left her residence at 7:20 a.m. on her way to work. Her employer later contacted Morales-Pacheco’s family to report that she had not arrived and family members later called the Police Department, the police said.

According to the Police Department, investigators discovered evidence that Mario Gutierrez-Ruiz, who is described as the former boyfriend, abducted Morales-Pacheco. He may have forced her into a car and could be driving to Mexico, the police said. The police are searching for a 2001 silver or gray Chevy Tahoe with a Utah license plate 920 NRK. The police stopped a person driving a white Mazda 626 at about 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lucky John Drive and Monitor Drive after it was broadcast that they might be in that car. Lt. Rick Ryan said the police found a friend of Gutierrez-Ruiz.

Lt. Phil Kirk said Gutierrez-Ruiz may have used a gun to abduct her.

"It’s a dangerous situation for her. She’s kidnapped against her will," Kirk said.

The Police Department withheld information such as where the woman was allegedly taken, where she lives and where she works.

Kirk said at noon Tuesday that the police had not found witnesses. Investigators, though, had spoken to family members and co-workers of both Morales-Pacheco and Gutierrez-Ruiz.

The police had not received tips about their whereabouts by noon.

Kirk said the FBI, Border Patrol and state authorities are searching for the two.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gutierrez-Ruiz on June 21, 1996 on a charge of failing to stop or respond to a police command, according to Third District Court records. He pleaded guilty, the records said. He was fined $600, ordered to perform 24 hours of community service and was ordered to obtain a valid driver license, according to court records. The judge suspended a 120-day jail sentence. Gutierrez-Ruiz is described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair cut very short or bald. He has a gold or silver cap on his left incisor. Morales-Pacheco has brown eyes and long brown hair. She was last seen wearing khaki pants, a white T-shirt and her hair was in a ponytail.

People with information can contact the Police Department at (435) 615-5500 or a local law-enforcement agency.


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