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Man indicted for kidnapping, rape faces new charges

Steven Foster Gunter

Steven Foster Gunter

PRESCOTT - A man facing a 21-count indictment for kidnapping and raping his estranged wife in October will now be charged with theft and forgery as well.

Steven Foster Gunter, 53, was arrested in Nov. 11, 2010, after police said he broke into the Prescott Valley home of his estranged wife, 52, who had an order of protection against him, on Oct.23. Police said that while she was out, Gunter got into her house and waited for her to return. When she did, he "grabbed" her, according to the police report, and said he wanted to talk. She tried to escape, but Gunter struck her in the face, knocked her down, dragged her by the hair into a bedroom, tied her hands behind her back, and sexually assaulted her, according to police.

She tried to get away again, running to the front door, but he once again grabbed her and threw her to the floor. Gunter then took her to her own car, and, with her bound and gagged, drove her to an ATM where he forced her to give up her access code so he could withdraw money, said police.

Gunter drove her to an isolated area where he once again sexually assaulted her, then drove her to Mayer, where they stopped at a convenience store and she convinced him to let her go, police said. The incident spanned about six hours, according to police.

A police officer saw Gunter driving on Highway 69 near Fain Road and tried to stop him, but he accelerated to speeds near 100 mph and crashed at Fain and Lakeshore Drive.

Gunter was seriously injured in the crash and spent several weeks in the hospital.

On Tuesday in court, Gunter was supposed to appear for a change of plea and sentencing, but that was cut short when his attorney, Robert Gundacker, told the judge that there were new charges against Gunter, and so the state did not have a plea offer yet.

The new charges - one count of theft and four counts of forgery - will be addressed in court on Aug. 2.

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