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Abriel Granillo

SUPERIOR — A woman in Superior was held captive by the father of her 4-year-old son during a custody dispute, police said.

According to court records, Abriel Granillo, 26, of Superior assaulted and kidnapped the woman on April 8.

“During an argument over visitation of their child, Granillo pulled the victim back inside his residence as she was trying to leave. Granillo then grabbed ahold of her face and pushed her backwards into the living room sofa,” a Superior Police Department probable cause statement reads.

After making verbal threats if she contacted police, Granillo left the apartment and got a gun out of his vehicle and “chambered a round as he re-entered the residence.”

After more arguing ensued, Granillo allegedly grabbed the woman by her hair “and threw her to the ground and delivered approximately 10 punches to the left side of her head,” according to court records.

The woman again tried to leave with her son but Granillo blocked the doorway.

The 4-year-old son got outside and was crying.

The victim was able to calm Granillo down by signing a visitation agreement concerning their son. She also promised him she would not call the police.

“Once an opportunity presented itself, she drove away from the residence with her son and contacted police. Granillo in turn fled the scene prior to police arrival,” the probable cause statement reads.

The woman told police she feared for her life and believed Granillo would shoot both her and their son.

Granillo was arrested two days later while driving on State Route 79 and booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center. He is charged with kidnapping, aggravated domestic violence and threats.

He is held on a $50,000 secured bond.


Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.