Police in Flagstaff say a man bonded out of the Coconino County Jail by a Glendale kindergarten teacher on Friday won't tell investigators about the missing woman's whereabouts.
They say 44-year-old Cathryn Gorospe hasn't been seen since Friday, when she posted bond in Flagstaff for her friend, 27-year-old Charlie Malzahn.
He had been jailed since Aug. 20 on charges of theft of a means of transportation, being a prohibited possessor of a gun and possessing a gun during the commission of a felony.
Tucson police say Malzahn tried to buy items at a mall with Gorospe's credit and debit cards last Saturday afternoon and he may have been driving her SUV.
The vehicle was spotted early Monday in Phoenix and Malzahn was arrested after he crashed the SUV following a police pursuit.
On Saturday morning in Clifton, Malzahn contacted some acquaintances trying to get drugs and a gun, Flagstaff Police spokesman Sgt. Cory Runge said in a press release. Gorospe was not reported missing by her roommate until Sunday afternoon.
Malzhan’s acquaintance told police Malzahn was driving a Toyota Rav 4, which matched the description of Gorospe’s vehicle, Runge said. The acquaintance said the vehicle was missing end pieces of the rear bumper and had damage to the front quarter panel, and said there was blood on the center console, interior passenger door, sunroof area and the interior driver door, Runge said. Police then updated the status in the national database as a possible homicide vehicle, he said.
On Monday at about 1:30 a.m., Phoenix Police spotted the vehicle, and Malzahn tried to flee from police. During the pursuit, he crashed the car and was taken into custody, Runge said. He has not given any update to Gorospe’s whereabouts, Runge said.
Phoenix Police arrested Malzahn on suspicion of unlawful flight, resisting arrest and aggravated assault, Runge said. All charges in Phoenix so far relate to his arrest, not to Gorospe, Runge said.
Malzahn and Gorospe had a romantic relationship at some point, Runge said.
Malzahn has an extensive criminal history, including being found guilty of assault, theft, aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, criminal damage and drug charges.
Police are asking for the public’s help to see if anyone recognizes seeing Malzahn and Gorospe together or recognizes the white Toyota Rav 4 with Green Bay Packers stickers on it. Police suspect Malzahn traveled from Flagstaff to Williams, Chino Valley, Prescott, Prescott Valley and Clifton. Anyone with information is asked to contact The Flagstaff Police Department at 928-774-1414.