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Montana searches for probationer, woman in danger

UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018

Associated Press

MISSOULA – A state judge has issued a $500,000 warrant for the arrest of a probationer who is believed to have left northwestern Montana with a woman who may be in danger.

Marco Antonio Guzman, 45, was to appear Wednesday in District Court in Missoula for hearings in three felony cases, including one charging him with assaulting a Frenchtown woman.

District Judge Leslie Halligan issued the arrest warrant and the U.S. Marshal’s Service issued an alert saying Guzman left the Libby area on July 9 with a woman named Sandra Carris, who was not considered a “willing participant” in the travel.

They were traveling in a white Dodge Ram pickup truck with New Mexico license plate 393 PTK and towing a travel trailer, also with New Mexico plate. Carris, who is from Mimbres, New Mexico, is listed as a missing and endangered person. He has ties to Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, southern Texas and Florida.

Guzman is described as Caucasian, 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing about 300 pounds. He is bald and has brown eyes.

Guzman’s other open cases include a petition to revoke his sentence in a 2012 case where he defrauded an 80-year-old man out of a cabin and money. He also faces a deceptive practices case from 2017 for conning a man out of several thousand dollars.

Halligan had released Guzman from jail in April so he could receive medical treatment and allowed him to live in Libby during his recovery.

The Frenchtown woman, who reported Guzman assaulted her and then forced her to sign a notarized statement saying it didn’t happen, was in court Wednesday and told Halligan that she warned the court if Guzman was released from jail he would flee.

Guzman and Carris were last known to be in Cottonwood, Idaho, on July 9.

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