FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A man bonded out of a northern Arizona jail by a Glendale kindergarten teacher last week won’t tell investigators about the missing woman’s whereabouts, Flagstaff police said Tuesday.

They said Cathryn Gorospe hasn’t been seen since Friday when she posted bond for her friend, 27-year-old Charlie Malzahn.

The two were supposed to eat dinner and return together to Phoenix, according to Gorospe’s roommate who reported the 44-year-old Arrowhead Elementary School teacher missing Sunday afternoon.

“We fear harm has come to her,” Sgt. Cory Runge, a Flagstaff police spokesman, said in a statement Tuesday about Gorospe.

Malzahn was booked into the Coconino County Jail by Williams police Aug. 20 on charges of theft of a means of transportation, being a prohibited possessor of a gun and possessing a gun during the commission of a felony.

Flagstaff police believe Malzahn took Gorospe’s vehicle from her at some point Friday night and he allegedly tried to get a gun and drugs from an acquaintance in Clifton early Saturday.

Malzahn allegedly tried to buy items at a Tucson mall Saturday afternoon with Gorospe’s credit and debit cards, which he told police he had permission to have.

Tucson police impounded the cards and Malzahn drove off in a vehicle that had some blood on the center console, inside door panels and sunroof area, according to the Clifton acquaintance.

The SUV was spotted early Monday in Phoenix and Malzahn was arrested after he crashed it following a police pursuit.

While being booked into jail, Phoenix police said Malzhan assaulted two officers and tried to flee. He’s being held on charges of unlawful flight, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and attempted escape.

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