Gunman forces woman to accompany him to job interview in prison


An El Paso, Texas man allegedly forced a woman at gunpoint to accompany him to a job interview at a prison.

A Texas man is charged with assaulting a woman at gunpoint and forcing her to accompany him to a job interview at a prison, police told media.

Police say El Paso resident Matthew Joseph Contreras, 25, assaulted a 23-year-old woman on March 14 and held her captiveaccording to the KVIA television channel.

Contreras held her against her will even as they crossed the New Mexico state line for a job interview at the Otero County Jail, the station reported.

The victim was rescued after flagging a detention officer in the jail parking lot, police told KTSM. Otero County officials contacted the El Paso Police Department, saying a woman in their town may have been kidnapped.

El Paso Police launched an investigation and quickly issued an arrest warrant for Contreras, the El Paso Times reported.

He was incarcerated in the El Paso County Jail on Tuesday, March 15 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

His bail was set at $100,000.

Mitchell Willetts is a real-time news reporter covering the United States Center for McClatchy. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and an outdoor enthusiast living in Texas.