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Boyfriend of missing Arizona woman allegedly assaults police officers

Charlie Malzhan (Flagstaff Police Department)

PHOENIX — The boyfriend of a missing Arizona woman allegedly assaulted two police officers and tried to escape from a police station after being caught in a car chase.

Court paperwork showed 27-year-old Charlie Malzahn was being fingerprinted by Phoenix Police Department officers when he allegedly attacked them.

Police said Malzhan placed his handcuffs around one officer’s head and neck. One officer suffered a nine-inch cut to the back of the head.

Malzhan also allegedly tried to bite the officers and tried to run out of the fingerprinting room in handcuffs.

Malzhan was charged with unlawful flight from a law enforcement vehicle but could face more charges. He was held on a $2,700 bond.

Police said Malzahn was arrested after officers spotted him driving a car belonging to a missing Arizona woman and he attempted to flee. He crashed the car.

Cathryn Gorospe, a 44-year-old teacher at Arrowhead Elementary, was last seen in Flagstaff on Friday night. She bailed Malzhan out of jail.

Police believe the pair left Flagstaff going west on Interstate 10 toward Williams.

Malzhan was located in Tucson the following day, where he used Gorospe’s credit cards. He told police he had permission to use them.

He also contacted acquaintances in Clifton, Arizona in an attempt to get drugs. One of the acquaintances said Malzahn was driving a vehicle that matched the description of Gorospe’s car.

The acquaintance said there was blood on the inside of the car and parts of the rear bumper and front quarter panel were missing or damaged.

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