Sierra Vista Kidnapper Arrested After Chase

The Sierra Vista Police Department arrested a Sierra Vista man, Tyler Clark, suspected of kidnapping following a brief vehicle pursuit just after midnight on Saturday.

The pursuit began when an officer attempted to stop a green Mercury four-door sedan for speeding in the area of South Garden Avenue and West Wilcox Drive at about 12:12 a.m. on Saturday. The driver of the vehicle, who was later identified as 24-year-old Sierra Vista man Tyler Clark, did not stop and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit soon ended in the area of North Garden Avenue and Whitton Street when Clark crashed and his vehicle became disabled. He was taken into custody without further incident. In Clark’s vehicle, Police located a shotgun shell consistent with an expended shell found on the scene of a domestic violence and kidnapping incident that occurred several days prior. Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were also found inside the vehicle and on Clark’s person.

On Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 11:54 p.m. SVPD officers responded to the 5000 block of East Highway 90 for reports of shots fired. Subsequently, police learned that an argument had been heard prior to a gunshot. When officers arrived, the individuals involved in the argument had already left and an expended 20-gauge shotgun shell was found just outside the room where the argument had occurred.

Later that night, officers located the woman involved in the argument, who informed them that she had been arguing with Clark, her boyfriend. She said that Clark had put a shotgun underneath his chin and, as she was leaving the area, she had heard a single gunshot.

After that, but before she made contact with police, Clark’s girlfriend encountered him again. At that point, Clark forced her to drive him near Busby Drive and 2nd Street. He threatened to shoot her if she did not drive him there. When this was reported to police, Clark’s whereabouts were unknown, although he was thought to be driving a Mercury four-door sedan.

Clark was booked into the Cochise County Jail on the following charges: domestic violence/kidnapping, prohibited possessor of a firearm, disorderly conduct, unlawful flight, possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. Clark is being held on a $75,000 bond.

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