- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

KIRTLAND, N.M. (AP) - Authorities in Kirtland are searching for a man accused of kidnapping, beating and hitting a woman with his car.

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that deputies have an arrest warrant out on 27-year-old Brandon Lee for aggravated battery, kidnapping and assault with intent to commit a violent felony.

Sheriff’s spokesman Cory Tanner says Lee allegedly forced 30-year-old Crystal Begay into his car Saturday afternoon and battered her using brass knuckles.

Authorities say he beat her further when she did not have a debit card to make an ATM withdrawal.

Tanner says Lee ran over Begay after she jumped from the vehicle. The victim was able to flee and get help from a passing motorist.

According to Tanner, the suspect and the victim do know each other.



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