Friday, May 18, 2018

Update - Shooting Arrest

On 05/17/18 Mesa Police Responded to a shooting call reported at 550 S Pasadena in Mesa. Officers arrived and located an adult male with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. He stated he had been shot by a known suspect, later identified as Marcos Martinez. Martinez is the victim’s niece’s boyfriend. Martinez fled the scene in a vehicle which was quickly located by officers near the scene of the crime. Martinez was located as he was walking into an apartment complex and was detained. Martinez later admitted to the shooting and stated it was in self-defense. Witnesses were also located and interviewed, and probable cause was established to charge Martinez with two counts of Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon, Disorderly Conduct, Discharging a firearm in city limits, Endangerment, and Possession of Marijuana. The swift and attentive response of our officers helped bring a safe ending to a violent crime.

Marcos Martinez

Homicide Arrest

On May 16, 2018 Mesa Police took a missing person report involving a 34-year-old adult male. The missing adult was reported to have the mental capacity of a 15-year-old and was last seen at an apartment located at 510 S Extension in Mesa with two known individuals later identified as 34 year old Tiffany Warren and 42 year old Jesse Dakins. Officers were unable to locate these individuals and the adult was entered into the system as missing.

On May 17, 2018 Mesa Police received a call from the Winslow Police Department stating they had detained Dakins and Warren in a stolen vehicle. In post arrest interviews, both made statements indicating Dakins had murdered an adult male (they identified as the missing adult) and his body was later disposed of in a forest area near Star Valley, AZ. Mesa Homicide Detectives responded to the alleged scene of the crime at 510 S Extension Unit 1035 where they observed physical evidence that corroborated the suspects’ statements.

last night multiple agencies responded to the area in Star Valley and located a body concealed underneath some bushes as described by Dakins and Warren. The body matches the physical description of the missing adult from Mesa but has yet to be positively identified.
Warren and Dakins stated they were each under the influence of Methamphetamine at the time. Dakins and Warren have been charged with First Degree Murder, Vulnerable Adult Abuse, and Theft of Means of Transportation. We are thankful for the thorough police work conducted by the Winslow Police Department and for the communication that allowed us to quickly process the crime scene and obtain the evidence of this crime. We have been in contact with the missing adult’s family and will continue to communicate with them as the investigation unfolds.

Jesse Dakins
Tiffany Warren

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Buckle Up Arizona…It’s the Law! Enforcement Campaign

Buckle Up Arizona…It’s the Law! Enforcement Campaign
Arizona Occupant Protection Enforcement Program
Monday, May 21 through Sunday, June 3, 2018

MESA – In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways this month the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with (Mesa Police Department) and other local law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.

Arizona presently conducts enforcement under a secondary seat belt law and a primary child safety seat law. The enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage.

As part of a the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies across the state will be stepping up traffic enforcement patrols and increasing other enforcement efforts to drive home the message: Buckle Up Arizona…It’s the Law!

Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts, motor vehicles collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injuries to the citizens of our state. The enforcement mobilization will run from May 21, 2018 through June 3, 2018.

Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. The proper and consistent use of child safety seats has been found to reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants (younger than 1 year old) and by 54% for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars. Properly installed booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45% among children ages 4 to 8 years old.

Funding was provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Operation Slurpee Justice

Slurpee® Justice
7-Eleven® Stores’ Operation Chill® is Back

(Mesa, AZ) (May 15, 2018) – This summer, local law enforcement officers will be dispensing well-deserved Slurpee® justice to good kids in Mesa. For the 23rd year, 7-Eleven® is working with local police and sheriff’s departments to distribute free Slurpee® drink coupons to children and youth through its popular Operation Chill® community-service program.
During 2018, 7-Eleven will issue up to 1.4 million Slurpee coupons to almost 1,100 law enforcement agencies; 1,100 of those will be distributed in Mesa, most during the summer months and back-to-school season.

The coupons are great for officers who are on patrol in the community and may act as an icebreaker to encourage dialogue in a non-threatening, non-law enforcement situation between officers and youth. We are always looking for ways to build strong relationships in the community and Operation Chill makes it easy to interact with kids in a positive way.

Big-city departments and small-town forces alike use the Slurpee coupons to enhance relationships with the young people of their cities by rewarding them for good deeds, constructive activities and acts of kindness. Appropriate “offenses” might include helping another person, deterring crime or participating in a community- or police-sponsored event. Although the reasons for being “ticketed” are varied, the end result is the same for every youngster: a free Slurpee drink and a smile for being a good kid. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven stores.

Begun in Philadelphia to give law enforcement officers a positive reason to interact with children and teens, Operation Chill has expanded to cities across the country. Since the program’s inception in 1995, almost 21 million Operation Chill coupons have been distributed to hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country in areas where 7-Eleven operates stores.
“Year after year, Operation Chill is our most popular community service program,” said Mark Stinde, vice president of asset protection for 7-Eleven. “Kids love Slurpee drinks, and police officers love having a reason to approach kids and surprise them with a Slurpee coupon as a reward for doing something good. And we, at 7-Eleven, love helping them make those important connections in the community.”
7-Eleven’s proprietary Slurpee semi-frozen carbonated beverage has generational appeal with slurpers both young and old. More than a half-million Slurpee drinks are purchased each day during the summer at 7-Eleven stores across the country.

Car Vehicle Burglaries

On May 5, 2018 at approximately 5 AM, 3 suspects on foot and 1 suspect following along in a vehicle committed several vehicle burglaries in an east Mesa neighborhood.  The three outside the getaway car went from driveway to driveway looking for unlocked cars.  If the car door was not locked, they would enter the car and take easily accessible items.  When they believed someone was coming, the suspects jump into the waiting car and speed away.  If you recognize the suspects or the vehicle you are encouraged to contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480WITNESS.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Homicide Suspect Arrested.

The suspect in the homicide investigation from May 13, 2018 at 546 S. Country Club has been arrested and booked.  The suspect is identified as Martin Larney, age 22. Larney is the boyfriend of the victim.
The call originated at 8:25am for an accidental shooting.   Patrol responded and located the female victim, Alina Duwyenie, age 22, at the residence.  She was transported to the hospital with trauma and passed away from her injuries.  Larney was originally detained for questioning on what had been reported as an accidental shooting.  During his interview, he eventually admitted that he was upset over jealously issues with Duwyenie which resulted in the shooting.

Larney has been booked for one count of 2nd degree murder. 

Martin Larney

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Help Identify A Hit and Run Vehicle and Suspect.

On Monday, March 12, 2018 at 10:12 a.m., Erin Ruecklies was standing in the roadway near a vehicle after a traffic accident. A passing vehicle struck Erin and fled the area. Erin did not survive her injuries from being struck. The suspect vehicle was last seen driving west on University Drive and then possibly east on Brown Road. Investigators are seeking any information in regard to this incident. If you can identify this vehicle, call the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Updated From ICE Agent Shooting on May 8, 2018

The following is an update pertaining to the shooting incident from Wednesday, May 8, 2018 at 822 S. Alma School:

At this time, the investigation has revealed that Special Agents from ICE Homeland Security Investigations, were working a narcotics investigation and met the suspects at 822 S. Alma School Road, Mesa.  During their meeting, one of the suspects produced a handgun and pointed it at the Special Agent in an apparent attempt to rob him.  The Special Agent produced his duty weapon and fired at this suspect.   Additional Agents quickly arrived and also engaged the suspect as he continued to point his weapon at the Special Agents.  The suspect was struck by multiple rounds which ended the confrontation.  The suspect involved in the shooting incident has been identified at Giovanny Leon, age 23.  We have been advised that Mr. Leon has succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.    Mr. Leon’s next of kin have been notified. 
The second suspect involved was arrested inside the vehicle and has been identified as Carlos Casillas-Mendoza, age 18.  During his interview, Casillas-Mendoza admitted his involvement in the attempted robbery of the Federal Agents.  He has been booked on one count of First Degree Murder (Felony Murder Rule), one count of Armed Robbery, and one count of Aggravated Robbery.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time.

Carlos Casillas-Mendoza

Monday, May 7, 2018

Armed Robbery - Arrest

On 05/06/2018 at 0700 hours, Mesa Police Officers were dispatched to the 7/11 store located at 815 S. Dobson Road in reference to a robbery which just occurred. The clerk reported a male, entered the store, and displayed a black handgun from his sweatshirt and demanded cash from the register.

The suspect was observed getting into a dark colored truck driven by another male suspect and fleeing the scene. This vehicle was located by responding patrol officers minutes after the robbery. Officers attempted a traffic stop but the vehicle failed to yield and was observed driving at a high rate of speed through red lights as it fled on Alma School Road. The truck attempted to enter the US 60 freeway on ramp, but the driver lost control and struck a freeway fence, a signal light on the on ramp, and a retention wall. Both suspects immediately fled the vehicle across the US 60 on foot. Both were apprehended by patrol units soon afterward.

The driver has been identified as 19 year old Damarques Hunter. Hunter admitted to driving the vehicle to the 7/11, parking it in the rear of the business and fleeing the scene in it when the co-defendant returned from the robbery. Hunter admitted to seeing the police cars and hearing a siren during the attempted traffic stop.

The passenger who entered the store has been identified as 37 year old Charles Nealy. Nealy sustained an arm injury from the crash and was transported to the Hospital. Once he was released, Nealy was charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Robbery, Misconduct involving weapons-Prohibited possessor, and Possession of Dangerous drugs for Sale.

Hunter has been charged and booked for Armed Robbery, Aggravated Robbery, Unlawful flight from pursuing law enforcement vehicle, Endangerment, Criminal Damage, and Failure to remain at the Scene of a Collision.

Great police work by all involved helped bring a swift resolution to a violent crime.

Damarques Hunter

Charles Nealy

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Officer Involved Shooting Update

On April 22, 2018, at 3:00 a.m., Mesa Police Officer Theodore Brennan was patrolling the area of Alma School and Main in the City of Mesa. As he was driving westbound on Main Street, he saw a man, later identified as 40-year-old Akbar Qaasim Wicklif Aziz, in the area of the bus stop. Mr. Aziz waved the officer down and then jumped into the roadway directly in front of the officer’s fully marked patrol car.

When the officer stopped, Mr. Aziz assertively walked towards the officer’s car.
As the officer got out of his patrol car, Mr. Aziz responded in a hostile manner and refused to move out of the street. Mr. Aziz continued to quickly approach the officer in an aggressive manner with closed fists and the officer began to retreat.

Simultaneously, Mr. Aziz bladed his body, took a fighting stance, and charged quickly at the officer.

Faced with a fast and aggressive attack at close range, the officer drew his weapon while moving backwards and fired three rounds, striking Mr. Aziz. Responding officers immediately rendered first aid. Mr. Aziz was transported to a local hospital. No weapon was found at the scene of the incident.

The entire event unfolded in the middle of the street in a matter of seconds and was captured on body camera. Release of the body camera footage will come after a full review by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO) as per protocol.

A civilian witness in the area observed the incident and described what he thought was an officer being assaulted.

As is normal in these matters, the MCAO will review the incident.

Officer Brennan has one and a half years on the department. Officer Brennan is currently on administrative reassignment which is protocol.

Mr. Aziz was released from the hospital today. He has been booked and charged with one count of Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement, one count of Blocking a Public Thoroughfare, and an active Mesa Warrant for Criminal Trespass.