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Police search for man accused of stabbing woman

Police are searching for a man who allegedly stabbed a woman and forced her to drive him out into the desert before abandoning her.

According to a press release, the suspect entered the Main Public Library in Mesa, located near Center and First St., about 10:20 a.m. on August 10 to return some books. He then exited the library and approached the victim to ask for a ride. The victim agreed, the pair got into her vehicle and exited the parking lot.

While driving, the suspect allegedly produced a knife and stabbed the victim, then instructed her to drive to an undisclosed location.

The suspect then ordered the victim to pull over and ordered to lie down in the backseat, where she was tied up. After doing this, the suspect allegedly drover to a remote location on Highway 79, south of Florence. He then forced the victim to lie in the brush, told her he was going to Tucson and left, presumably to be picked up by another motorist.

The victim freed herself and is expected to make a full recovery.

The suspect is described as being a Hispanic male between 18 and 22 years of age. He stand about 5-foot-6, weighs about 160 lbs. and has a medium to stocky build. He was wearing grey t-shirt, blue basketball shorts with white horizontal stripes on the cuff, a black baseball cap with a white logo (possibly that of the Chicago White Sox) and dark tennis shoes with white soles. He was also carrying an orange or red t-shirt or rag in his pocket.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Det. Rayburn at (480) 862-5502 or Sgt. Rash (480) 644-6075 or Silent Witness at (480) WITNESS.