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Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 3:29 pm

A Tempe man was arrested at the Arizona Grand Resort Monday after a woman says he attacked her in the restroom.

Michael Robert Martinez, 30, was taken into custody on suspicion of attempted sexual assault and kidnapping according to Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department.

A reservations employee for the resort had left the office to use the restroom around 3 p.m. Monday. At that time the employee, a 30-year-old female, noticed a man standing near the men's restroom and thought he was a guest at the resort, Holmes said in a statement.

Once the woman had left the stall area the man was now inside the ladies room. The man grabbed the woman and pulled her to the floor and began removing her stockings and underwear, Holmes said. The victim fought and screamed, while on her stomach, and made her way toward the door.

She was able to free herself and exit the restroom. She ran back to the office where several employees called resort security and 911, Holmes said.

Witnesses told police the suspect, identified as Martinez, did not flee the area but "paced back and forth in front of the office." Resort security held the man until police arrived.

Martinez was booked into Maricopa County jail for kidnapping and sexual assault.

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