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Police: Man bailed out of jail by missing teacher used her cards in Tucson

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Charlie Malzahn. Photo: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via KPNX Charlie Malzahn. Photo: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via KPNX

The man bailed out of jail by missing teacher Cathryn Gorospe on Friday is back in police custody after he was found with her car and credit cards, police said.

A witness said there was blood in the car, and he fled from police, according to a release from Flagstaff PD.

Arrest documents from Phoenix PD say "Flagstaff police had reason to believe that Charlin Malzahn had committed a homicide."

Malzahn, 27, was spotted by Tucson police at the Tucson Mall Saturday around 1 p.m. after Malzahn tried to use Gorospe's credit card to make a purchase. He said he had her permission to do so. Police seized the cards.

RELATED: Police search for missing Valley teacher last seen bailing friend out of Flagstaff jail

An acquaintance who met up with Malzahn in Clifton, Arizona, allegedly for Malzahn to pick up a gun and drugs, traveled with him to Tucson.

The acquaintance told police that Malzahn was driving a vehicle that matched the description of Gorospe's car, adding that there was blood on the center console and damage to the car. Police entered the car into a national database as a possible homicide vehicle.

Around 1:30 a.m. Monday, Phoenix police officers spotted the car and tried to make a stop. According to Flagstaff PD, Malzahn fled before crashing. Officers then took him into custody.

Police are looking for more information about the case, including anyone who saw the car, described as a white Toyota Rav 4 with Green Bay Packers stickers. They believe he traveled between Friday night and Saturday afternoon from Flagstaff through Williams, Chino Valley, Prescott, Prescott Valley, through Phoenix to Clifton and eventually through Safford to Tucson.?

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