Monday, June 19, 2017

Armed Robbery Arrest

On June 17, 2017 at 12:11am, the suspect shown here entered the Circle K in the 2000 block of West Southern Avenue. Numerous customers were being assisted by the clerk at the front counter. The suspect waited for several customers to leave before he selected a bottle of liquor from a display, walked behind the counter and began striking the clerk with the bottle. The suspect attempted to gain access to the register, but was unable to. He took additional bottles of liquor and cigarettes from behind the counter. A second employee was assaulted in the same manner after exiting the rear of the store and seeing the crime in progress. The suspect left the store. This suspect was also suspected to be involved in another robbery on June 16.

On June 18, through a cooperative effort, the suspect, Jamaine Richardson, was taken into custody.

Attempt to Identify - Commercial Burglary

On May 26, 2017 at 1:10am, the pictured male entered the Reliquary room at St. Timothy's Catholic Church, 1730 W. Guadalupe Road, pried open the donations box and stole an unknown amount of money.

He is described as a White male, 50 to 60 years old, 5'7" to 5'9" tall, thin build, whitish-gray hair. He is wearing glasses. He was wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans with belt and had a gray and black backpack.

Please submit any information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through one of the following. You can remain anonymous.
  • Use our online form found here – ( Please fill in the case number in the Case Number field under Incident Information - 2017-1470626.
  • Text information to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your message with MESAPD; or
  • Call our non-emergency number at 480-644-2211 and select option 2.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Adult Probation Officer Arrested for Unlawful Sexual Conduct

On June 8, 2017 Mesa Police Detectives arrested Sedric Gant, a Maricopa County Adult Probation Officer, for Unlawful Sexual Conduct, 13-1409A2 C5F. 

Detectives began working the case several weeks ago when officials from Maricopa County Adult Probation called to report their suspicion of Gant’s illegal conduct.   Officials believed that Gant was exchanging sex for easy probation terms.  Detectives worked the case for weeks to identify the victim and interview the suspect.  After the interview, Gant was taken into custody.  During the interview, Gant admitted to engaging in sexual activity with a female on probation under his supervision.  The victim reported receiving lenient probation terms in exchange for the sexual favors.  

This case may have gone unreported had it not been for Maricopa County Adult Probation coming forward to report their suspicion of their employee.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Crime Stats - April 2017

The following are the top 5 calls for service and arrests for each patrol district -- 04/01/2017 through 04/30/2017. 

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

Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Check Welfare426Check Welfare413
Subjects Disturbing400Subjects Disturbing347
Other Agency Assist254Warrant Arrest257
Loud Music/Noise180Trespass215
Civil Matter170Other Agency Assist208

Aggravated Assault22Aggravated Assault14
Breaking & Entering11Breaking & Entering6
Other Assaults39Other Assaults41
Disorderly Conduct23Disorderly Conduct25
Sex Offenses1Sex Offenses4
All Other
All Other273

Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Check Welfare364Check Welfare347
Subjects Disturbing270Subjects Disturbing240
Other Agency Assist201Burglary Alarm218
Burglary Alarm184Other Agency Assist197
Suspicious Activity178Suspicious Activity162

Aggravated Assault7Aggravated Assault12
Breaking & Entering7Breaking & Entering15
Other Assaults31Other Assaults23
Disorderly Conduct36Disorderly Conduct11
Sex Offenses0Sex Offenses0
Vandalism23 Vandalism15
All Other157 All Other94

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Suspect Making Threats Charged with 23 Felonys and 4 Misdemeanors

Suspect Steven Vanderwall
On May 9, 2017 at 4:25am, officer responded to a threats call about a male subject in the front yard who had an order of protection against him. When officers arrived, they found the suspect, later identified as Steven Vanderwall, 40, kneeling in the front yard of the residence. Vanderwall told officers he had a bomb and attempted to light it with a flare. The residence was evacuated and Vanderwall was taken into custody. Mesa Police Bomb Squad personnel responded and, with the use of the robot, found the device strapped to Vanderwall was four pipe bombs. A search warrant was executed at Vanderwall's residence and the same types of components used to construct the pipe bombs were found in his bedroom. Vanderwall was interviewed and admitted to making the pipe bombs.

Vanderwall was charged with a total of 23 Felony counts and 4 Misdemeanor counts:

13-1204.A.2  Aggravated Assault, 2 counts, class 2 Felony
13-1204.A.2  Aggravated Assault-DV, 3 counts, class 3 Felony
13-1204.A.2  Aggravated Assault, 2 counts, class 3 Felony
13-1201.A  Endangerment, 2 counts, class 1 Misdemeanor
13-3102.A.3  Misconduct Involving Weapons, 4 counts, class 4 Felony
13-3102.A.4  Misconduct Involving Weapons, 4 counts, class 4 Felony
13-1504.A.1  Criminal Trespass-DV, class 6 Felony
13-2904.A.6  Disorderly Conduct-DV, 3 counts, class 6 Felony
13-2904.A.6  Disorderly Conduct, 4 counts, class 6 Felony
13-2810.A.2  Interfering with Judicial Proceedings, class 1 Misdemeanor
13-3103.A.3  Misconduct Involving Explosives, class 1 Misdemeanor

Monday, May 15, 2017

Robbery Suspect Arrested

Due to an observant citizen informing a nearby officer about a robbery in progress, the suspect was arrested.

On May 14, 2017 officers were on an unrelated call on the southeast corner of Mesa Drive and Southern Avenue when a woman approached them saying the convenience store across the street was being robbed and provided a suspect description. The officer's vehicle was stopped on the roadway with its overhead emergency lights on and could clearly be seen from the convenience store.

Other officers blocked the east entrance of the store and could see the counter area. After seeing the suspect start to physically fight with the clerk, officers entered the store, removed the clerk from the fight and detained the suspect. The suspect was later booked.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sexual Exploitation of Minor Suspect Arrested

Suspect Ryan Orndorff
In February 2017, Mesa Police detectives received a tip regarding the uploading of child pornography images through Skype. An account name was obtained and, through investigative means, a 38-year-old suspect named Ryan Orndorff was identified.

A search warrant was obtained for Orndorff’s residence and computers and, after a forensic examination of his computers, he has been charged with 13 counts of ARS 13-3553A2, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor a class 2 felony.

The Mesa Police Department takes crimes against children very seriously and will investigate these allegations with all available resources.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Fatal Hit and Run Suspect Arrested

Suspect Jessica Barrera
On May 7, 2017 at approximately 9:30pm,  the pictured suspect, later identified as Jessica Barrera, was driving a silver-colored Dodge Durango SUV westbound on Brown Road when she struck and killed a pedestrian. The suspect did not stop after the collision and was located by officers in the 4400 block of East Brown Road. Damage seen on the vehicle was consistent with the collision and vehicle parts found at the scene matched the damaged areas on the vehicle. A witness to the collision said the suspect made no attempt to stop. The suspect made comments to officers that she was aware she had collided with something. She has been charged with Failure to Stop at the Scene of a Fatal Collision, a class 2 felony.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Vehicle Burglary - Attempt to Identify

On April 14, 2017 around 3:50 a.m., the suspect pictured attempted to enter and did enter multiple vehicles on the street in the block of 2700 E. Harmony, removing change from the center console area. Suspect was viewed on video surveillance taking their time in each vehicle. Only a few victims desire prosecution.

Subject is described as a male or female wearing jeans, a hoodie and glasses. The suspect left the area on foot.

If you have any information, please call Mesa Police at 480-644-2211 or Detective Gift at 480-644-5429 during normal business hours. Refer to case numbers 20171120221 and 20171120250.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Green Truck Exposure Subject Arrested

Suspect Mendoza-Coria
On February 10, 2017, the Mesa Police Department responded to a report of a male subject exposing himself and masturbating in front of female juvenile victims walking to school. The male was described as Hispanic between 25-45 years old driving an older green or dark green extended cab Ford F150 truck.

Other incidents were reported with similar information provided and on April 25, 2017 while observing an investigative lead (IL) in this case, detectives observed the male driving a green Ford F150 truck contacting female juveniles walking to school around Extension and University in Mesa. Detectives observed the male’s suspicious behavior and, after contacting the females involved, learned he had exposed himself three times in just under a minute.

Detectives contacted the male subject who has been identified as 39-year-old Edgar Mendoza-Coria. Edgar resisted arrest and was ultimately charged with six counts of Public Sexual Indecency, six counts of Indecent Exposure and one count of resisting arrest. Edgar admitted to exposing himself to the females for an adrenaline rush and stated he has done this for the past two years in Mesa. All known victims are females between 12 and 17 years old. Further investigation is pending to determine if there are additional charges.

If anyone has information pertinent to this case, please contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211.