Thursday, September 20, 2018

Officer Involved Shooting - Update

On 9/14/18 a Mesa Police officer was on patrol when he encountered David Huffines. Upon making contact with Mr. Huffines, he pulled a weapon on our officer, similar to the one depicted in the image, a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun. Fearing for his life, our officer pulled his service weapon and fired at Mr. Huffines. Our Officer created distance and retreated to a position of cover away from Mr. Huffines. Our officer lost sight of Mr. Huffines near the front of the officer’s police car. A very short time later, our officer heard a gunshot from the area of the police car. Preliminary information is that Mr. Huffines had 6 entry wounds. Additionally, there was one small caliber wound to the right side of the suspect’s head with an exit wound on the left side. The powder burns and residue at the entry wound indicate this wound was likely self-inflicted. An expended .25 caliber casing was located near the weapon.

We are grateful that our officer survived this deadly encounter; he showed courage and perseverance, this tragic event serves as an example of the dangers associated with protecting our communities. The investigation is on-going, we will update as new information becomes available.

Not the actual suspect weapon

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Operation Degrossting - Child Sex Crimes Arrests

Mesa Police Detectives partnered with Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler Police Departments as well as the Attorney General’s Office for Operation Degrossting, an undercover operation targeting the demand for child sex crimes and human trafficking. Over 6 days officers and undercover detectives placed ads on websites commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts. The suspects solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested.

Each year the Mesa Police Department conducts operations of this type in a continuous effort to reduce the demand that fuels child and human sex trafficking from our community. The suspects in the latest operation ranged in age from 21 to 80 years old. "Crimes involving children are of the highest priority and I appreciate our partnership with all the agencies involved in the successful removal of these dangerous child predators from our community" said Chief Ramon Batista.

The Mesa Police Department partners with organizations and survivor advocates to assist victims after being exploited or trafficked. If you have information about someone being trafficked, contact your local police department or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888 or Our partnership with the Hickey Family Foundation, Empire Southwest, and Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) was crucial to the success of this investigation. For more information about human exploitation and trafficking, please visit

Monday, September 10, 2018

Attempt to Identify - Commercial Burglary Suspects

Do you know these two men?

On 8/4/18 at about 2:45 pm the two subjects pictured above entered the Shell convenience store at 1158 W University Dr in Mesa with a milk crate and a backpack. Both subjects walked around the front counter and began loading the milk crate and backpack with cigarettes and E cigarettes before leaving eastbound through the parking lot. Customers informed the store manager that both males frequent the area.

Suspect 1 was described as a Black Male in his late 20's with a goatee, wearing a black sleeveless AZ Cardinals shirt, black basketball shorts, a navy blue bandana around his neck, blue nitrile gloves, sunglasses, and a light blue San Diego Chargers hat.

Suspect 2 was a Hispanic Male in his mid to late 20's with a goatee, wearing a Chicago bulls hat, a white tee shirt, khaki shorts, sunglasses, a black backpack, with a sleeve tattoo on his left arm.

If you have any information or can help us identify these two subjects please contact Mesa Police Detective Elliff at 480-644-5929

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Bank Robbery – Arrest

On August 8th, 2018 a suspect (later identified as Roland Oxendine) walked into the Bank of America located at 1210 S Power Road in Mesa, AZ and presented a note stating it was a robbery. The note threatened he would kill someone if they stalled. Oxendine left the bank without receiving any money. Fortunately, patrol officers were already in the area when the call for service was received and Oxendine was located a short distance away. Besides matching the clothing description as observed in the surveillance footage, Oxendine admitted to the robbery saying he needed money for a drug debt. Oxendine was charged with one count of Armed Robbery. Great police work by all involved.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Suspect Arrested for Stealing Ambulance

On July 24, 2018, at 11:30am, we responded to a call for a stolen ambulance.  A short time later, officers arrested Todd (Tanner) Shell, age 37, for stealing an ambulance from Banner Desert Hospital.

Shell had just been released from the hospital for a heat related situation.  When officers interviewed Shell after his arrest, he said when he came out of the hospital he thought it was too hot to walk home.  He walked back towards the hospital when he found the ambulance running in the bay while the crew was dropping off another patient.  Shell decided to take the ambulance at that point so he wouldn't have to walk.

Officer immediately responded and with the assistance of GPS located the ambulance driving eastbound on the US60.  Mesa officers and DPS troopers attempted to stop Shell, but he continued driving at normal speeds.  Ultimately he exited the freeway and stopped near Val Vista and University.  Shell said that he wanted to buy a sandwich, but need to go home and get some money first. He said that he intended to return the ambulance.

The ambulance was not damaged and returned to service.

Shell was booked for the listed charges:

1 count Unlawful Use of Means of Transportation, a class 5 Felony
1 count Unlawful Flight from Law Enforcement, a class 5 Felony

Todd (Tanner) Shell

Monday, July 23, 2018

Driver Arrested for Manslaughter Fatal Accident

The driver involved in a head on collision on July 19, 2018, near Mesa Drive and McKellips has been released from the hospital and arrested for Manslaughter.

The driver, Myra Angle, age 42, admitted to using methamphetamine prior to the collision. Investigators determined that Angle was driving southbound on Mesa Drive when she crossed left of center and hit a vehicle traveling northbound head on killing Isabel Hernandez,  the front seat passenger.  Three additional occupants in the vehicle with Hernandez suffered various broken bones and head injuries. All remain hospitalized at this time.

Angle was booked for the following charges:

1 count ARS 13-1103A1, Manslaughter, a class 2 Felony
1 count ARS 13-1204A2, Aggravated Assault, a class 2 Felony
1 count ARS 13-1204A2, Aggravated Assault, a class 3 Felony

Myra Angle

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Crime Stats - June 2018

The following are the top 5 calls for service and arrests for each patrol district -- 06/01/2018 through 06/30/2018. 

To see which district you are in, click on each individual district listed at left to see their map.

Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Check Welfare443Check Welfare418
Subjects Disturbing325Subjects Disturbing335
Other Agency Assist241Trespass249
Trespass163Warrant Arrest229
Civil Matter159Other Agency Assist228

Aggravated Assault9Aggravated Assault14
Breaking & Entering6Breaking & Entering8
Other Assaults36Other Assaults51
Disorderly Conduct19Disorderly Conduct19
Sex Offenses1Sex Offenses3
All Other
All Other168

Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Check Welfare370Check Welfare431
Subjects Disturbing284Burglary Alarm260
Burglary Alarm215Other Agency Assist226
Other Agency Assist181Subjects Disturbing215
Civil Matter175Civil Matter132

Aggravated Assault8Aggravated Assault8
Breaking & Entering7Breaking & Entering7
Other Assaults22Other Assaults26
Disorderly Conduct18Disorderly Conduct16
Sex Offenses0Sex Offenses0
Vandalism24 Vandalism15
All Other88 All Other079

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Suspect Arrested for Selling Illegal Fireworks

On July 2, 2018, Mesa Police detectives received tips that a suspect was selling illegal fireworks out of his garage in Mesa.

Working on the leads, they located online ads listing various illegal fireworks for sale as described in the tips. Detectives went to the address where they observed banners indicating fireworks for sale and contacted the suspect, Chris Kleve.  Kleve admitted that he was in possession and selling illegal fireworks out of his garage. A search warrant was served on the house and an entire pickup truck bed of fireworks was seized from the home.

When Kleve was questioned about the fireworks, he said he really loved fireworks and he needed the money to pay veterinary bills. He stated that he would drive to surrounding states to pick up the items and then return to Arizona to sell them.

Kleve was arrested and booked for several charges related to the possession, sale and storage of illegal fireworks.

Chris Kleve

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Attempt to ID - Robbery Suspect

Do you know this person? On June 16th he attempted to steal a purse from a victim at the gas pump. She was slightly injured in the altercation. This happened around 9 pm outside the Circle K at 417 S Dobson. We are hoping to identify the suspect or any related incidents.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 5’09” to 6’00” tall, 150 lbs., short brown or black hair, 16-19 years old, wearing a white, hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants, white tennis shoes. He had a skateboard. If you have any information on this suspect or related incidents please call Mesa Police at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Update/Officer Involved Shooting - Arrest

The suspect injured in the Officer Involved Shooting yesterday has been released from the hospital and is identified as 18-year-old Joseph Villafan. Villafan is charged with one count of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon by a prohibited possessor, discharging a firearm in city limits, theft of means of transportation, and leaving the scene of an accident. He is also charged with two counts of criminal damage and two counts of criminal trespassing.
In the course of the investigation detectives learned Villafan fired his weapon during the incident and the handgun subsequently malfunctioned. This post includes a stock photo of the weapon seized on scene. The female passenger was not charged.

Joseph Villafan