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Posted on: August 31, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Sheriff's Office Investigating Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault

Media Release from 8/30/2020 at 1:19 pm

Williams AZ, August 28th, 3:01 am, Deputies from the Williams district responded to a report of a domestic violence issue which began as a kidnapping at Kaibab Lake in Williams.

Investigators were advised by the victim the suspect, Ryan Clark Petzoldt (29 Yr old) met the victim (girlfriend) at Kaibab Lake in Williams, where he ordered her into his vehicle and left the area. The suspect assaulted the victim repeatedly striking her in the face and strangled her on two occasions while driving to his residence in Valle, North of Williams. While at the residence Petzoldt threatened to kill the victim on 3 occasions holding up pliers and other items, stating he would stab her with them and kill her. Petzoldt was believed to have consumed illegal drugs prior to the incident and consumed alcoholic beverage while at the residence, eventually passing out in the master bedroom, allowing the victim to leave the residence, taking Petzoldt’s vehicle. The victim reported the incident after leaving and sought medical attention.

Deputies responded to the residence where Petzoldt was home alone. Petzoldt came out of his residence on several occasions appearing to consume an unknown substance. Petzoldt contacted the Northern Arizona Regional Dispatch center advising he was consuming unknown pills and was wishing to kill himself. Deputies were able to make contact with Petzoldt and get him to exit the residence where he was taken into custody without incident. Petzoldt was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center where he is being treated for ingesting unknown amount of unknown pills. Upon his release Petzoldt will be booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility for 2 counts of Aggravated Assault per DV, 3 counts of threatening and Intimidating, and kidnapping.

This incident is still under investigation and no further information is available at this time.

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