A Sioux City man is facing several charges after authorities say he assaulted a 15-year-old runaway girl before holding her against her will.
According to court documents, police were called to the 5200 block of Correctionville Road around 9:00 P.M. on Monday after a disturbance was reported. The caller told police that he observed a man dragging a teenage girl into an SUV and taking off. Authorities were able to locate the vehicle on S. Martha Street in Sioux City where it was observed turning into Hy-Vee.
Inside the vehicle they found 18-year-old Mario Chavez and a 15-year-old girl who had been reported missing back in May of this year. Police observed that the girl had dirt marks on her pants and grass on her shirt. She was also limping and complained to officers about a stomach and knee injury. Officers say that her hand, arm, and left leg had visible injuries. The victim told police that Chavez had given her the injuries. She also told police that Chavez was holding her against her will.
Police also located a small amount of marijuana in the center console of the vehicle. The victim told officers that it belonged to Chavez.
While being interviewed by police, Chavez stated that he knew the girl was a runaway and that he had tried to help the girl into the vehicle while she was trying to get away from him.
Chavez is currently charged with False Imprisonment, Harboring a Runaway, Serious Assault, Possession of Marijuana, and No Driver's License. He's being held in the Woodbury County Jail on a $25,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled for August 5th at 9:00 A.M.
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