PHOENIX — Phoenix police say two men who kidnapped a woman in an attempt to extort her were arrested early Thursday morning.
According to police, officers responded to the area of 27th and Missouri avenues after a caller reported a man had forced a woman into a vehicle. The vehicle was found traveling southbound on I-17.
Officers tried to stop the vehicle near 7th Avenue and Roosevelt Street, but the suspects -- identified Friday as 22-year-old Dmoray Patterson and 38-year-old Richard Medley -- did not stop.
The vehicle the two men were in was eventually stopped just south of Loop 202 on Dobson Road. Police at the scene told 12 News the vehicle was stopped using a nylon grappler, which wrapped around the vehicle's tires.
According to police at the scene, the two men ran to a nearby parking lot where they were taken into custody. A weapon was found near the car and the woman was near the car when police arrived at the scene.
According to police, the kidnapping was related to "ongoing criminal activity" between the suspects and a relative of the woman.
Police say the suspects attempted to extort her.
Court documents detail night's events
According to court documents, police responded to an emergency call at 2 a.m. on Thursday after a witness saw a crying woman being pulled into a car in the area of 27th and Missouri avenues.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle at the Interstate 10 and 7th Avenue, but the car took off and a pursuit continued until the Loop 202 and Dobson Road in Mesa.
Once the car stopped, two men who were in the vehicle fled on foot, but were stopped and taken into custody shortly after. One of the men, later identified as Medley, dropped a .45 caliber handgun while he was running from police.
Inside the car was a 19-year-old woman who told police she was working as a prostitute when Medley walked up to her, put a gun to her head and told her to get inside the car or he was going to kill her.
The woman told police she got into the vehicle, which was being driven by Patterson. Medley got into the backseat with the woman and began to demand money and her cell phone from her.
The suspects then ordered the woman to use her phone to call her boyfriend, whom the men also demanded money from and said they would kill the woman if they didn't receive the money within 20 minutes.
The woman told police that she believed the men were pimps.
Medley then told the woman to remove her clothes while pointing the gun at her and then forced her to perform oral sex on him and digitally penetrated her.
According to court documents, Medley also made threats to kill her, hit her in the ribs with the gun and put the gun inside her mouth. He also shoved his finger covered with an unknown white substance down her throat.
Medley is facing three sexual assault charges, two aggravated assault charges and one kidnapping charge. He was ordered to post a $150,000 bond to be placed on electronic monitoring. He is set to appear in court next on Aug. 28.
Patterson is facing one count of kidnapping and one count of unlawful flight. He was ordered to post a $100,000 bond. He is set to appear in court next on Aug. 28.