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3:31 PM Sun, Sept. 23rd

Police find apparent PV kidnapping suspect, victim off I-17 in Phoenix

Phoenix police Saturday night found a 35-year-old Prescott Valley man who law enforcement officials think might have kidnapped a 44-year-old woman in PV.

Officers found the man and woman in the vicinity of the Loop 101 and Interstate 17.

The suspect, Gary J. Muir, is now in custody in PV, where Prescott Valley police detectives are interviewing him. Officers say they believe the alleged victim, Niki Osowsky, is safe.

At about 12:52 p.m. Saturday, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office dispatchers received a call from Osowsky, who said Muir had held her at knifepoint and choked her. Osowsky went on to say that Muir held her against her will overnight.

Three deputies subsequently went to a residence where the man and woman were staying in the 10000 block of Old Black Canyon Highway. Police say they found the front door open, a microwave beeping, and the house vacant.

YCSO then notified the Prescott Valley Police Department, which sent officers to the scene.

PV police say their initial investigation revealed a crime consistent with an aggravated assault and possible kidnapping. Officers then executed a search warrant at the residence to gather more evidence and information.

Phoenix police did not find the man and woman until some seven hours after the dispatch call.