Update: 3:45 p.m. on January 24: Coconino County authorities are now searching for a man believed to be dangerous and possibly armed.
On Thursday, SWAT came back empty-handed following the search of a residence where the man was believed to be.
Jason Gonnie is accused of sexually assaulting a resident of Kachina Village south of Flagstaff after breaking into the victim’s home Wednesday night. Gonnie is described as an 18-year-old Native American male, 5 foot 9 inches tall, slim build with black hair and dark eyes.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office asks members of the public to use caution if they come in contact with Gonnie and to notify authorities by calling either 911 or Silent Witness at 928-774-6111.
Gonnie allegedly also threatened both the victim, who Gonnie knew, and the victim’s children, preventing the family from leaving until they escaped around 1 p.m. on Thursday.
Once the victim and their family left, sheriff's deputies were notified and surrounded the residence.
Sheriff’s deputies then attempted to make contact with Gonnie to no avail and SWAT, with help from a robot, cleared the home around 5:20 p.m., according to Jon Paxton, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.
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Paxton said the sheriff's office now believes Gonnie had fled the premises before police could arrive and set up a perimeter.
At the time, officers believed Gonnie may have still been within the house because they could see movement through windows. But Paxton said they now believe the movement was caused by pet cats owned by the victim.
Original article: 5:09 p.m. on January 23
The Coconino County Sheriff's Office officials say the northern Arizona SWAT team has been stationed in Kachina Village attempting to arrest a man accused of sexual assault.
The sheriff's deputies are trying to confirm if the suspect is still in the residence and have been in the area of Chof Trail since 1:16 p.m. on Thursday, according to a media release.
The reporting party advised that the suspect was the only one in the residence after the victim and two children had left the house. As of 5 p.m., deputies have not made contact with the suspect.
The Sheriff's Office is continuing to attempt to contact the suspect through phone and loudspeaker. The suspect has been identified as Jason Gonnie, an 18-year-old Native American male, 5 foot 9 inches tall, slim build with black hair and dark eyes.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter has been deployed along with the Northern Arizona Regional Tactical Team.
More information will be made available as the investigation progresses, sheriff's officials said.
Adrian Skabelund can be reached at the office at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (928) 556-2261 or on Twitter @AdrianSkabelund.