Friday, December 6, 2013
All three men were arrested on unrelated charges in Cheatham County, Tennessee. When two of the suspects were contacted in Tennessee, they were driving a vehicle in which evidence linking them to the homicide in Arizona was found. The suspects are Zackary Burgess, age 22; Brandon Simon, age 18; and Joseph Holt, age 22. All three are listed as Tennessee residents.
On December 4, 2013, Mesa detectives were able to secure indictments on all three men. They are each charged with one count of First Degree Murder, one count of Kidnapping and one count of Armed Robbery. All three are held on a 1 million dollar bond each and are awaiting extradition to Arizona.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
We are also seeking information on unreported "quick change" crimes that match these suspects.
Please submit any information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through the “Submit a Tip” option at www.CrimeReports.com or text information to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your message with MESAPD. You can also call 480-644-2211 and select option 2. Refer to report number 20133240728.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
|Call Type||Frequency||Call Type||Frequency|
|Subjects Disturbing||413||Subjects Disturbing||415|
|Check Welfare||363||Check Welfare||302|
|Loud Music/Noise||232||Loud Music/Noise||231|
|Other Agency Assist||190||Other Agency Assist||193|
|Suspicious Activity||160||Suspicious Activity||165|
|Aggravated Assault||7||Aggravated Assault||9|
|Breaking & Entering||7||Breaking & Entering||9|
|Disorderly Conduct||19||Other Assaults||55|
|Call Type||Frequency||Call Type||Frequency|
|Check Welfare||373||Check Welfare||307|
|Subjects Disturbing||360||Subjects Disturbing||246|
|Loud Music/Noise||280||Other Agency Assist||195|
|Suspicious Activity||235||Suspicious Activity||185|
|Burglary Alarm||195||Burglary Alarm||183|
|Aggravated Assault||9||Aggravated Assault||5|
|Breaking & Entering||5||Breaking & Entering||2|
|Other Assaults||43||Disorderly Conduct||13|
|Sex Offenses||3||All Other||55|
One of the subjects had a cut on his hand and eventually a bloody knife, believed to be used to slash the tires, was located along the path our suspects ran. The subjects were questioned and eventually transported to the main station for interviews with our investigators. Suspect Nicholas James Rourke (22 years old), confessed to slashing the tires to numerous vehicles within the apartment complex parking lot. He was intoxicated and stated he did it because he was upset over losing some money. Rourke stated that he cut his hand on the knife, which he later discarded, while puncturing car tires. As of this release, we have located a total of seventeen vehicles, including one motorcycle, with punctured tires. Rourke was booked on seventeen counts of Criminal Damage.
The other subject, a 30-year-old white male, was released pending further investigation. The Fiesta Patrol District has experienced two previous tire slashing incidents and, while we continue to evaluate all three cases, we have not tied this suspect to the other incidents.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Last night, November 27, 2013 at approximately 11:00pm, Mesa Officers responded to 625 W. Posada in reference to a criminal damage call where a vehicle’s tires had been slashed. This is the same area where several vehicle tires were slashed on November 11, 2013.
Officers flooded the entire area and in the course of their investigation were able to locate a total of 20 vehicles with tires that were slashed or cut. Three of the victims had more than one vehicle damaged. Some of the vehicles were also damaged in the previous incidents on 11/11/2013. We believe the suspects probably live in this area and are hoping that someone may have noticed them walking in the area last night.
We have not been able to develop any other suspect information at this time. Officers saturated that area for about 3 hours last night and were not able to locate anything or anyone of value to this crime series. If anyone has any information in this case, they are encouraged to contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
In an effort to reduce this crime trend, the Mesa Police Department assigned ten detectives to the operation with a goal of identifying repeat offenders and retail theft rings. The Maricopa County and the City of Mesa prosecutor's offices are closely working together with the police department in the prosecution of the arrested subjects. We partnered with several local retailers to include CVS Pharmacy, Target, Wal-Mart, Kmart and Home Depot among others. Michael DeAngelis, Public Relations Director from CVS Pharmacy, provided the following statement:
“Shoplifting is an industry wide issue that affects all retailers. CVS/Pharmacy is committed to cooperating with law enforcement and other retailers to prevent shoplifting in our stores and to apprehend suspects. We appreciate the efforts of the Mesa Police Department to curb shoplifting incidents during the busy holiday season. Our efforts to prevent shoplifting are designed to help keep products available and affordable for customers to purchase.”
Mesa Police and our partners believe Operation Fade to Black was a success. This holiday season, the partnership plans to conduct similar operations in Mesa and other locations in the Valley. To our shoppers, know that we are out there watching over you. To those who would seek to victimize our shoppers or retailers, the Mesa Police Department is serving handcuffs, jail cells and cold sandwiches this holiday season.
The past weekend's operation resulted in a total of sixteen arrests. Of these subjects
- three had a past history of shoplifting;
- three had active warrants for their arrest;
- three were in possession of drugs;
- one individual was released from Arizona Department of Corrections five days before their arrest;
- $1,863.00 worth of merchandise was recovered or thwarted from being stolen from retailers;
- $696.00 was the largest shoplift apprehension;
- three new investigations were begun due the operation.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
On November 25 at 6:54 am, an officer attempted a traffic stop on a maroon Ford Expedition in the 2500 block of East Southern, after seeing the vehicle stop in the center lane of Southern and pick up a pedestrian. The officer ran the plate on the vehicle and found that the registered owner had active warrants. The officer turned on his emergency lights and activated his siren; the vehicle began to drive west bound on Southern ignoring the officer's attempt to stop it. The officer deactivated lights/siren, but continued to follow the vehicle; the vehicle eventually pulled over. The driver was detained for the warrants and was then investigated for DUI DRE with the strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver admitted to smoking marijuana earlier that morning and was later arrested for DRE and for the confirmed warrants.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Please submit any information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through the “Submit a Tip” option at www.CrimeReports.com or text information to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your message with MESAPD. You can also call 480-644-2211 and select option 2. Refer to report number 20132630440.
Please submit any information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through the “Submit a Tip” option at www.CrimeReports.com or text information to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your message with MESAPD. You can also call 480-644-2211 and select option 2. Refer to report number 20132790539.