Crime spree ends in West Valley

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4 suspects in custody; 2 outstanding, possibly armed

A crime spree that started early March 10 and traveled throughout Phoenix and Glendale ended up in the West Valley at 107th Avenue and Missouri Avenue, officials said.

It started at about 1 a.m. at 55th Avenue and Osborn Road in Phoenix when six people in a Chevrolet Tahoe confronted some people at Marivue Park, said Lt. Wayne Dillon, a spokesman with the Phoenix Police Department.

At least two of those suspects had guns. One of them had a shotgun. One of them had a handgun,” Dillon said.

Two people in the Tahoe stole an Infiniti sedan from the park, and a short time later shot a passenger in another car near 61st Avenue and Bethany Home Road, said Sgt. Scott Waite, a spokesman with the Glendale Police Department.

This was a random act of violence,” Dillon said. “These subjects just pulled up to this person in a vehicle, revved the engine of the Infiniti vehicle that they had stolen in the armed robbery and flashed their lights at this subject in a car at an intersection. That person was not interested in racing so they shot that person.”

The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Waite said.

Police followed the Tahoe to 63rd Drive and Monterosa Street, where the suspects fled on foot, Dillon said.

Three were apprehended with the help of police K9 units, but one is still on the loose and could be armed, he said.

Police on the ground and a helicopter also pursued the suspects in the stolen Infiniti, which came to a stop at about 3 a.m. near 107th Avenue and Solano Drive when the driver crashed into an irrigation canal, Dillon said.

One of the suspects was apprehended, but police are still looking for the other, who might have a gun, he said.

 

Emily Toepfer can be reached at etoepfer@westvalleyview.com or on Twitter @EmilyToepfer. Reporters with KPHO/KTVK contributed to this article.



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