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Assault, kidnapping charges follow chase

Oro Valley police arrested a man Sunday who allegedly kidnapped his girlfriend, tried to carjack a vehicle and led police on a 35-mile chase.

Oro Valley police Sgt. Chris Olson said Brandon Russell Savory, 23, who gave police a general delivery address, argued with his girlfriend late Saturday or early Sunday while they were driving on Oracle Road. Olson said Savory pulled a gun on his girlfriend and drove to a gas station in Mammoth, 12 miles northeast of the town of Oracle.

At about 4 a.m. at the gas station, witnesses saw Savory waving a gun and called police. When police arrived, Savory fled toward Tucson. At Oracle and Rancho Vistoso Boulevard, Olson said, Oro Valley police placed tire spikes on the road, and Savory jumped out of his car and into a vehicle stopped at a red light.

Police rammed the vehicle to prevent another pursuit, police said.

Savory fled on foot into Catalina State Park. He was spotted at about 6:30 a.m. by an Oro Valley K-9 officer. The officer said Savory was carrying a knife. When a SWAT team approached him, he had a handgun, Olson said.

SWAT team members ordered him to put down the gun, which he did.

Savory has been booked into the Pima County Jail on charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping, armed robbery and endangerment.

Olson said police found another handgun in his car and a knife in the vehicle he had jumped into that they think belonged to Savory.

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