Hit and run leads to chase and arrests for kidnapping

At about 5:50 p.m. on Feb. 13, Winslow Police Officer Shannon Nelson witnessed a hit and run collision in the Wal-Mart parking Lot. Attempting to conduct a traffic stop for the violation, a pursuit ensued resulting in two arrests and further damage being done.

The striking vehicle, a maroon Kia passenger car bearing license plate 4CEJ468, was being driven by 19-year-old Marissa Jade Nicole Anderson.

Officer Nelson attempted to stop the vehicle by activating the red and blue emergency lights on her patrol vehicle.

The striking vehicle did not stop, but instead headed for Interstate 40 East. The car entered the interstate at Exit No. 253, the North Park Drive Exit, and continued until the Hipkoe Exit. After leaving the interstate, the vehicle then headed back into town.

In determining whether or not to pursue, an officer must base his or her decision by weighing the seriousness of the offense to the potential risk a pursuit may present to the public. Risk factors include, but are not limited to traffic volume, pedestrian foot traffic, residential areas, weather conditions, etc. In this case, a decision was made to abort the pursuit.

Officers lost sight of the vehicle, but later located it on the west side of the United States Post Office building following the receipt of another hit and run report involving the suspect vehicle.

The vehicle was unoccupied when found. Witnesses reported seeing three persons, a female and two males run from the vehicle.

A search of the area resulted in the detention of one person who was identified as 20-year-old Gerald Richard Hurndon.

The two remaining suspects were later apprehended at the Pilot Travel Center. They were identified as Anderson and 33-year-old Michael Jon Iskenderian.

In an interview, Hurndon (who was a passenger) told officers that during this incident, he attempted to get out of the vehicle but was denied the opportunity to do so by Anderson and Iskenderian.

According to Arizona law, kidnapping can e committed by several different means, one of which is by restricting a person’s movement and placing them in a reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.

Anderson and Iskenderian were charged with Resisting Arrest and kidnapping. In addition, Anderson was charged with a variety of traffic offenses including driving, failure to stop at stop signs, hit and run and reckless driving. Both defendants were booked into the Navajo County Jail in Holbrook.

Marissa Anderson is being held on a $20,000 bond. Michael Iskenderian’s bond was set at $10,000.

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