Monday, December 30, 2013

Suspect Arrested in Park and Ride

The victim in the homicide from December 28, 2013 has been identified as William A. Bishop, 57, from Tempe, Arizona.

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

Husband's ashes stolen from Mesa Widow

On Sunday, December 15, a Mesa widow received a tear-jerking phone call from her realtor, that her home had been burglarized. The realtor advised the homes contents were taken within the last 24 hours as the realtor had shown the home the day before.

The home was nearly completely cleaned out. The notable items missing were two televisions and a washer and dryer. Among the significant items taken, our victim’s belated husband’s cremated ashes were also stolen. The victim’s late husband was a Korean War Veteran and retired Maryland Police Officer. The husband passed away in 2001, after 39 years of married.    

While this investigation is still ongoing, PLEASE submit any information regarding to this incident by calling (480) 644-2211 and select option 2.   

Monday, December 23, 2013

8 Year-Old Girl Escapes After Being Abducted By Stranger

On Sunday, December 22nd, at approximately 1:00 PM, an 8 year-old Hispanic girl was taken by a stranger, while she was out riding her bicycle.  The suspect forced the victim into the front seat of his vehicle and sped away.  For the ensuing approximate 10 minutes, our department held its breath and our patrol officers flooded the area of 450 S. Valencia.  Thankfully, this abduction was witnessed by two young women driving in the area.  These observant and brave women immediately began chasing after the suspect, screaming for people to call 9-1-1.  They eventually lost sight of the fleeing suspect vehicle, but were able to flag down an officer in the area.

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

Citizens Help Police Nab Suspect

On December 17 at 9:15 am, one of our patrol officers stopped a vehicle in the area of Mesa Drive and Brown Road for a traffic violation. The vehicle pulled into an apartment complex and, as our officer was exiting his patrol car to approach the vehicle, it sped away onto Mesa Drive.

 By the time our officer got back to his vehicle and onto the roadway, the vehicle was out of sight. However, there were other vehicles on the road and those helpful citizens indicated the vehicle fled westbound on Brown Road. As our officer reached Center/Brown additional citizens directed the officer to northbound Center Street. The vehicle was eventually located, abandoned in the 1500 block of North Center Street. Additional officers were in the area and the driver was located hiding in a shed in a residential back yard in the 1500 block of North Pima. 

Ultimately, the driver, identified as Trevor Allen Terry (25), was taken into custody on a burglary warrant out of MCSO and an FTA warrant out of Mesa, which is why he said he ran. He was also charged with trespassing. Were it not for our citizens assisting our officers, we likely would have not located this subject. Thank you Mesa! What a great team we make!

Mesa, AZ - Lowest Crime Rate in Over 50 Years

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) 2012 Uniformed Crime Report (UCR), the City of Mesa, Arizona ranks 3rd in the NATION in overall lowest crime rates among cities with a population of 400,000 or greater. The UCR "Part 1" crimes consist of Violent and Property Crime Categories:

Aggravated Assault

Stolen Vehicles

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."

Mesa’s Crime Rate at 50 Year Low!

According to the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Statistics, the City of Mesa, when ranked against cities with a population over 400,000, placed:
  •  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.
2012 saw the lowest crime rate Mesa has had in more than 50 years. This ranking for our city is a great accomplishment for the community and our first responders. We expect this downward trend will be evident in 2013 statistics as well.

Mesa PD is thrilled to earn this ranking and will continue to dedicate our efforts to ensure that Mesa continues to be a safe place to work and live. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Alex Anthony Madrid

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

Homicide Victim Identified

On December 6, 2013 at about 12:30 am, Mesa police officers responded to the Sun Garden apartments, located at 860 E. Brown in Mesa, reference a body found in a dumpster. Homicide detectives responded to the scene and began their investigation into this obviously suspicious death. We have since identified the victim as 14-year-old, Claudia Ann Lucero, whom had last been seen the previous morning at approximately 6:30 am at her residence in Mesa. We have no additional details to release at this time.
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

Arrest Warrants Issued for Three Suspects in Halloween Homicide

Three suspects have now been indicted on murder charges related to the death of Brian Lee Weathers, 36. Weathers was found in the 300 East block of Harmony with an apparent gunshot wound at approximately 11:44 pm on Halloween night. He was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries. Initially, detectives had very little information on the crime. Eventually a witness came forward and provided information leading to the identity of the suspects.

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

Fraud - "Quick Change"

During the month of November, the below pictured suspects entered multiple businesses in Mesa, Chandler and Phoenix in an attempt to defraud the businesses. The suspect hands the employee a $100 bill and asks for change. After receiving the change, the suspect attempts to confuse the employee by requesting different denominations, eventually demanding the original $100 bill back. Some employees have given the $100 bill back with the additional change, resulting in a monetary loss to the business. It is unknown at this time if there are additional suspects involved.

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 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

Crime Stats - November 2013

The following are the top 5 calls for service and arrests for each patrol district -- 11/01/2013 through 11/30/2013.

Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Subjects Disturbing413Subjects Disturbing415
Check Welfare363Check Welfare302
Loud Music/Noise232Loud Music/Noise231
Other Agency Assist190Other Agency Assist193
Suspicious Activity160Suspicious Activity165

Aggravated Assault7Aggravated Assault9
Breaking & Entering7Breaking & Entering9
Other Assaults34Alcohol/DUI58
Disorderly Conduct19Other Assaults55
Drugs68Disorderly Conduct34
Sex Offenses2Loitering/Runaway7
Vandalism19Sex Offenses3
All Other147Vandalism27

All Other232


Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Check Welfare373Check Welfare307
Subjects Disturbing360Subjects Disturbing246
Loud Music/Noise280Other Agency Assist195
Suspicious Activity235Suspicious Activity185
Burglary Alarm195Burglary Alarm183

Aggravated Assault9Aggravated Assault5
Breaking & Entering5Breaking & Entering2
Alcohol/DUI49Other Assaults23
Other Assaults43Disorderly Conduct13
Disorderly Conduct26Drugs32
Sex Offenses3All Other55

All Other1


Tire Slashing Arrest

Shortly before 4:30 am this morning, Mesa officers responded to a call for subjects letting air out of car tires at 1360 W. Isabella in Mesa, the Garden Place Apartments. Officers arrived in less than a minute and located two subjects matching the description. Seeing the police, the subjects separated and ran from officers. Minutes later the subjects were located and detained.

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.

Five Minutes with the Chief 2013-4

Thursday, November 28, 2013

More Tires Slashed - Mesa PD Needs Your Help

Thanksgiving Holiday Spoiler....

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

Operation Fade to Black Friday a Success

On November 22 and 23, the Mesa Police Department partnered with our local retailers to address holiday shoplifting. “Operation Fade to Black Friday” was a combined effort by the Mesa Police Department and local retailers to reduce shoplift crimes this holiday season. This type of theft negatively impacts retailers as they attempt to keep affordable merchandise on the shelves for their customers. The Superstition Patrol District of the Mesa Police Department identified that over the previous two years, the month of December has seen an approximate 25% increase in shoplifts when compared to other months in the year.

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

24 Hour Exceptional Incident Report

DUI & Warrant Arrest
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

Theft on September 23, 2013

On September 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm, the suspect entered the Sprint store at 1639 S Stapley Drive, looked around, took some items that were on display and ran from the store. He was seen getting into a Silverado style vehicle that was waiting down the street. A second theft occurred at a nearby T-Mobile store approximately 1 week later and the suspect was seen getting into a van nearby. The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Native American male, 5'10" to 5'11" tall, 200 lbs.  Last seen wearing a red baseball cap, white T-shirt and black basketball shorts.

Please submit any information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through the “Submit a Tip” option at 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.

Armed Robbery on September 9, 2013

On September 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm, the suspect entered the Walmart located at 1606 S Signal Butte and tried to make a fraudulent return. When asked by a store employee to step into an office, the suspect threatened the employee with a weapon and ran out an exit in an unknown direction. The suspect is described as a White male, 18-20 years old, 5'7" to 5'9" tall, 120 lbs., black shaggy hair, scruffy goatee and mustache. Suspect was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans. He possibly had a band-style tattoo on his right arm.

Please submit any information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through the “Submit a Tip” option at 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.

Vehicle Burglary on September 29, 2013

On September 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm, at the Walmart located at 1606 S. Signal Butte, three suspects parked near and stole items from the victim's vehicle.

Please submit any information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through the “Submit a Tip” option at 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.

Armed Robbery on October 5, 2013

On October 5, 2013 at 11:15 am, the victim was walking on 8th Avenue heading toward Dobson Road when two suspects drove up and asked the victim a question. When the victim declined, the suspects got out of their car and suspect #1 threatened the victim with a gun while suspect #2 physically injured the victim and stole the victim's cell phone. Suspect #1 is described as a Black male, 20-30 years old, 6' tall, 150 lbs. with a dark complexion, black hair shaved on the sides, mustache, facial hair on chin, thin arched eyebrows, "big eyes," crooked front teeth and unknown tattoos on both forearms and hands. Last seen wearing a baggy, light gray T-shirt, blue jeans, red "New Era" style baseball hat, large stud earrings in both ears. Suspect #2 is described as a Black male, 20 years old, 6' tall, 170 lbs., medium brown complexion, thin, groomed sideburns, mustache, dermal stud piercing on upper left cheekbone, stud earrings in both ears, black "New Era" style baseball hat. This suspect was last seen wearing a dark T-shirt, black jeans, silver chain necklace, unknown tattoo on the top of his left hand near thumb.

Please submit any information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through the “Submit a Tip” option at 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.

Bank Robbery from October 15, 2013

On October 15, 2013, the suspect entered the Chase Bank located inside Fry's at 554 W. Baseline Road, approached a teller and demanded money. The suspect left on foot after obtaining an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a White male, 25-35 years old, 6' 4" tall, 250 lbs. He was last seen wearing over-sized black zip up sweater, white baseball cap with a skull emblem or type of design, black fanny pack. Suspect also has a circular tattoo on the right side of his neck.

Please submit any information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through the “Submit a Tip” option at 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.

Keep Your Holidays Grinch-Free with These Safety Tips!

These tips are for everyone and there are also tips specific to business owners. Click here or on the graphic below to be taken to the Holiday Safety Tips page!

Robbery Suspect Attacks Officer and Goes to Jail

On November 20 at 6:38 pm, Isac Morris, 32, stole a $5.00 bottle of MD 20-20 from the A&E Market on South Mesa Drive, flipping off the clerks as he walked passed the registers. When the male and female owners/victims tried to stop him outside, Morris assaulted both of them and fled on foot. About 40 minutes later, police received a call of a man, who matched Morris's description, screaming obscenities and breaking glass in the roadway in the 700 block of East Broadway. One officer arrived and believed him to be the robbery suspect. When he confronted Morris, Morris charged the officer and tried to assault him. Morris was taken to the ground and placed into custody without further incident. Morris was identified as the robbery suspect. The glass he broke in the street was the bottle of MD 20-20 he stole earlier. Morris was booked on Robbery and Resisting Arrest charges. Great job by our officer facing an aggressive robbery suspect and taking him into custody without injury to himself, the suspect or innocent citizens.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Murder/Suicide Prevented

On the afternoon of November 13, 2013 Mesa detectives received information that the suspect, Carlos Hillan, age 34, was planning a domestic violence murder/suicide similar to one we saw in Phoenix two days prior. In that case, the suspect killed his wife and family. He also set his wife’s body on fire before killing himself. Fortunately, a roommate/co-worker became aware of his intentions and called the police.

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

24 Hour Exceptional Incident Report

On November 12 at about 1:30 am, officers attempted a traffic stop on a suspect who was riding a motorcycle and seen committing a civil traffic violation in the area of Country Club and McKellips.

The motorcycle failed to yield and the suspect fled eastbound on the Red Mountain Freeway (202) at a high rate of speed. Officers obtained the motorcycles registration information, ultimately enabling them to locate the suspect at his residence an hour later. The suspect admitted to knowing our officers were behind him attempting to conduct a traffic stop, but he said he could not afford another ticket and his license was suspended.

The suspect's motorcycle was located nearby parked on a residential street where the suspect was attempting to conceal it from police. The suspect was booked into the Mesa City Jail for Felony Unlawful Flight.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

24 Hour Exceptional Incident Report

On November 6 at 7:02 pm, a man was jay walking northbound across Broadway Road at Acacia when he was struck by a 2007 Chevy pick-up truck. The driver stated that he did not see the pedestrian until it was too late to stop or avoid him. The pedestrian was taken to hospital; it was reported that he tested positive for marijuana.  The driver was suspected of impairment, but subsequent evaluation did not show any signs of impairment; waiting for results of blood test.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Crime Stats - October 2013

The following are the top 5 calls for service and arrests for each patrol district -- 10/01/2013 through 10/31/2013.

* Please note: With the opening of the new substation, the Dobson District is now the Fiesta District.

Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Check Welfare399Subjects Disturbing389
Subjects Disturbing380Check Welfare360
Loud Music/Noise199Other Agency Assist223
Suspicious Activity181Warrant Arrest191
Other Agency Assist174Loud Music/Noise184

Aggravated Assault4Robbery3
Breaking & Entering6Aggravated Assault9
Theft79Breaking & Entering11
Other Assaults26Alcohol/DUI73
Disorderly Conduct20Other Assaults49
Drugs53Disorderly Conduct34
All Other168Sex Offenses9


All Other279


Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Subjects Disturbing399Check Welfare314
Check Welfare388Subjects Disturbing243
Loud Music/Noise225Burglary Alarm203
Burglary Alarm219Suspicious Activity190
Suspicious Activity213Other Agency Assist185

Aggravated Assault13Aggravated Assault5
Breaking & Entering2Breaking & Entering2
Alcohol/DUI67Other Assaults25
Other Assaults47Disorderly Conduct17
Disorderly Conduct38Drugs26
Loitering/Runaway6Sex Offenses2
Sex Offenses1Vandalism11
Vandalism10All Other85
All Other150


Friday, October 25, 2013

24 Hour Exception Incident Report

On October 25 at 1:29 am, an officer was on duty in a marked patrol vehicle. The officer witnessed a red four-door passenger car run a stop sign in the area of 1100 South Stapley. Emergency lights and siren were activated in an attempt to get the driver to stop. The vehicle failed to yield and continued driving at approx. 30 miles per hour. The vehicle was finally stopped in an apartment community parking lot. The driver ran from the vehicle, but was eventually caught. Willis Smith, the suspect, was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for DUI, Unlawful Flight from Law Enforcement and Failure to Stop for a Stop Sign. He was booked into Mesa Jail on those charges.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

24 Hour Exceptional Incident Report

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

24 Hour Exceptional Incident Report

Pursuit/Felony Flight
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

24 Hour Exceptional Incident Report

Suspicious Device
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

Armed Robbery & Home Invasion on September 20

On September 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm, three suspects entered a residence in the area of Dobson and Lindner and demanded money of the people inside the residence. Suspect #1 had a weapon; suspect #2 struck one of the victims. The suspects left in a red older model sedan, possibly a Ford Taurus, with faded paint on the hood. Suspect #1 is described as a Black male, approx. 6’0” tall, muscular build, last seen wearing black hoodie, dark mask covering his face, black basketball shorts with blue stripe down the side; this suspect had the weapon. Suspect #2 is a Black male, approx. 5’10”, stocky build; last seen wearing black hoodie, dark colored mask, red pajama style pants with Tweety Bird on them. Suspect #3 is a black male, approx. 6’0” tall, muscular; last seen wearing a colored hoodie and a dark mask.

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 or “text-a-tip” to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your text message with MESAPD. Refer to report numbers 20132630756 and 20132640088.