Monday, December 30, 2013
Bishop was a cab driver working overnight waiting for fares at the Park and Ride station located at Sycamore and Main in Mesa. At approximately 12:41 am, Bishop was using the restroom when he was assaulted by the suspect, Ricardo A. Ramirez, 20. Bishop suffered multiple stab wounds and later died at the hospital.
Based on information from witnesses, Ramirez was located a short distance from the crime scene and taken into custody. Witnesses later told detectives that prior to the assault, Rodriguez had made comments about working for Satan and being there to collect souls. Ramirez was interviewed and stated he had been drinking and blacked out prior to the assault.
Ramirez was booked on one count of First Degree Homicide.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
Then a call was received advising that a car, matching our suspect vehicle's description, had crashed in an alley not far from the abduction site. A nearby officer immediately responded to find the little girl running toward him from an alleyway. The little girl was frightened and received minor injuries from the accident, but was otherwise unharmed. The suspect had apparently fled on foot.
Mesa Patrol Officers saturated the area, immediately setting up a perimeter around the entire neighborhood. Information from the witnesses and victim was transmitted to all units in the area. At approximately 1:45 PM, officers located the suspect, later identified as 22 year-old Robert C. Milliron, exiting a nearby business. He was taken into custody after a brief struggle with officers.
I can tell you, there are few investigations that affect a community and police department like those involving innocent children victims. Today, a little girl is safely reunited with her family and a suspect is behind bars. Were it not for the keen awareness and brave actions of these two witnesses, this situation may have turned out tragically different. Their bravery will be recognized. Well done ladies. Well done.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Among cities our size or larger, Mesa had the 3rd lowest Violent crime rate and 4th lowest Property crime rate, for an overall 3rd lowest Part 1 crime rate. Mesa is experiencing historic lows in crime and by all accounts, 2013 will be lower than 2012.
"The Mesa Police Department's extensive use of intelligence led policing and predictive policing policies are just a few of the many reasons why Mesa is one of the safest cities in the United States," said District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh, who is Chair of the Council Public Safety Committee. "I could not be more proud of the outstanding work being done by the men and women of the Mesa Police Department and we will continue to support them by giving them the assets and resources necessary to keep our city safe."
Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead credits, "community partnerships and world class policing by the men and women of the Mesa Police Department," for this success. He adds, "With the trust and support of a community all things are possible. Without these, little can be accomplished. We value greatly the strong relationship we enjoy with the citizens of Mesa and recognize that this success is as much theirs as it is ours."
- 3rd lowest in the Nation for overall Part 1 Crimes.
- 3rd lowest in the Nation for Violent Crimes.
- 4th lowest in the Nation for Property Crimes.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
In the early morning hours of Friday, December 6th, 2013, The Mesa Police Department began an investigation into the tragic death of a young girl, later identified as 14 year-old Claudia Ann Lucero. As the investigation progressed, there was indication this involved a sexual assault and strangulation of our victim. Early on in the investigation our detectives identified 31 year-old Alex Anthony Madrid as a person of interest. Madrid was the recently estranged boyfriend of our victim's mother, whom had recently moved out of the residence.
Mesa detectives learned of open charges for probation violation on Madrid. Within hours of identifying our victim, they were able to locate and arrest him after a short vehicle chase on this charge. Additional evidence was developed linking Madrid to the crime scene, to include DNA evidence. This morning Madrid was brought to Mesa PD to be questioned about his involvement in this homicide. After invoking his rights, he was booked on the charges listed below.
While this investigation is still ongoing, we are happy to announce this arrest and provide some information to our community and hopefully some sense of justice to the victim's family. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Lucero family during this unimaginable time of grief.
Monday, December 9, 2013
This is a tragedy with profound effect on family, friends and our community as a whole. Though no arrests have been made as of this release, our investigators our vigorously pursuing all leads in the investigation. We are asking for anyone with information that may assist us in our investigation to immediately contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211, option 2, or Silent Witness at 480- WITNESS.
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.
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 20132720391.
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 20132780263.
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 20132880342.
Friday, November 15, 2013
The suspect was taken into custody at his estranged wife’s house while he was waiting for her to arrive home from work. He was arrested jumping the back wall of the house with a gas can in hand and lighter on his person. When later interviewed, he admitted to his plan and also said that he was going to kill his wife’s current boyfriend and potentially harm their 3-year-old daughter. The mother and daughter were not injured and the suspect was been booked on two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, Attempted Arson and Burglary. During an interview after his arrest, he admitted to his plan to kill his estranged wife and her boyfriend.
This is another tremendous example of “If you see something, say something.” Had the roommates not taken action and called the police it seems clear that we would be talking about another tragedy today. There are not words to describe the immediate and dedicated work of the detectives and officers who stopped this crime before it happened.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
* Please note: With the opening of the new substation, the Dobson District is now the Fiesta District.
|Call Type||Frequency||Call Type||Frequency|
|Check Welfare||399||Subjects Disturbing||389|
|Subjects Disturbing||380||Check Welfare||360|
|Loud Music/Noise||199||Other Agency Assist||223|
|Suspicious Activity||181||Warrant Arrest||191|
|Other Agency Assist||174||Loud Music/Noise||184|
|Breaking & Entering||6||Aggravated Assault||9|
|Theft||79||Breaking & Entering||11|
|Disorderly Conduct||20||Other Assaults||49|
|All Other||168||Sex Offenses||9|
|Call Type||Frequency||Call Type||Frequency|
|Subjects Disturbing||399||Check Welfare||314|
|Check Welfare||388||Subjects Disturbing||243|
|Loud Music/Noise||225||Burglary Alarm||203|
|Burglary Alarm||219||Suspicious Activity||190|
|Suspicious Activity||213||Other Agency Assist||185|
|Aggravated Assault||13||Aggravated Assault||5|
|Breaking & Entering||2||Breaking & Entering||2|
|Other Assaults||47||Disorderly Conduct||17|
Friday, October 25, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
On October 23 at 10:30 am, the female suspect entered the Chase Bank at 6950 East Main Street and presented a threatening note to the teller. The teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. The manager called police while the robbery was in progress. An officer who was in the area arrived as the suspect got into a car in the parking lot driven by the male suspect. The car failed to pull over, but was stopped in a residential neighborhood. The female suspect ran from the vehicle, but was caught inside a vacant home. All the money stolen was recovered.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
On October 23 at 6:02 am, an officer was conducting follow up on a subject who had previously fled from him on a traffic stop. After seeing the vehicle leave the driveway, a traffic stop was attempted, but the vehicle failed to yield and drove through various apartment communities. The vehicle finally stopped in the 100 block of North 74th Street and the driver ran. After a short foot pursuit, the subject was stopped and arrested. The suspect was booked on one count of Failure to Yield and two outstanding warrants.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
On October 21 at 7:40 pm, a patrol officer was waved down by a citizen near Emerald and Country Club. The citizen advised there was a small metal suitcase style container in a parking lot which contained items he believed to be dynamite and a timer. Officers responded to the scene and closed off the area. Hazardous Device team arrived and the item was determined to be a fake and destroyed.
Monday, October 21, 2013
There was a similar incident approximately 4 hours later with a similar suspect description in the 900 block of South Country Club Drive. Please submit any information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through “submit-a-tip” on CrimeReports.com or “text-a-tip” to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your text message with MESAPD. Refer to report numbers 20132630756 and 20132640088.