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Man arrested for assault, missing woman found


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A man wanted in connection with an aggravated assault was arrested Thursday after he led law enforcement officers on a foot chase east of the city.


Saiejohn Huntsman, 34, was arrested at about 1:50 p.m. Thursday by Chaves County deputies, according to a press release from the Roswell Police Department.

Deputies, the RPD and multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies responded to a call — from east of Roswell at about noon — from a man who said he spotted a silver minivan parked nearby on private property, according to a press release.

When deputies approached the van parked off of River Road about half a mile south of U.S. 380, Huntsman — who was naked at the time — ran from deputies.

Multiple law enforcement agencies scoured an area near the Pecos River just outside Roswell for nearly an hour before Huntsman was found and arrested by deputies, the release states.

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Huntsman is charged with aggravated assault during an incident that occurred at a residence in the 1200 block of North Washington Avenue on Monday, where he allegedly threatened and possibly injured multiple people with a machete, a gun and punched a man several times.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Huntsman, who was seen leaving the scene of the incident Monday in a silver minivan with Mariah McPherson, 22, of Roswell.

McPherson, believed to be a victim who had been assaulted by Huntsman — was also found Thursday in or near the van. She had a serious laceration to her hand, but did not appear to have any other serious injuries, according to the release.

Huntsman is currently being held at the Chaves County Detention Center without bond pending trial.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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