On September 1 at 1:05 am, officers were at an apartment complex in the 500 block of North Mesa Drive concluding an investigation of a loud party involving several underage persons suspect of consuming alcohol. Several juveniles and one adult were cited. One juvenile was extremely intoxicated and unresponsive requiring treatment by Mesa Fire and was transported to hospital. The 15-year-old suspect seen running earlier from the loud party jumped into the driver’s side of a patrol vehicle in the parking lot, stealing it. The suspect quickly backed up striking a parked car causing minor damage. An officer ran around to the driver’s side and attempted to stop the suspect from stealing the vehicle by opening the driver’s door and ordering the suspect to stop, then attempted to physically pull the suspect from behind the wheel and out of the vehicle. The suspect accelerated quickly breaking the officer's grip and struck a parked Southwest Ambulance causing minor damage. The suspect continued out of the parking lot onto Mesa Drive. Officers converged to the area locating the stolen patrol vehicle a few blocks away at 2nd Street and Mesa Drive and saw the suspect fleeing the vehicle on foot. A perimeter was established and the suspect was quickly apprehended. When the suspect fled the patrol car, he left it in reverse rolling towards Mesa Drive. Thankfully, an arriving officer using his vehicle push bars, stopped the abandoned patrol car before it reached the intersection. The suspect was booked on numerous felony charges to include theft of the vehicle, aggravated assault, driving under the influence, endangerment, hit-and-run and other criminal and civil charges.
Armed Robbery / Arrest
On August 30 at 12:00 pm, patrol units responded to an armed robbery call at the Safety in the 3600 block of East Southern. The suspect had just robbed the pharmacy of some prescription only meds and fled in a silver passenger car. The reporting party was able to get the license plate of the suspect vehicle as it fled the lot. Mesa PD detectives responded to the registered owner’s address in Gilbert and detained the suspect as he arrived with the stolen prescription meds. The suspect was identified by witnesses and arrested. During the interview the suspect admitted the meds were for self-medication. In addition, he was in possession of Heroin. The suspect, Francisco Robledo (27), was booked for the robbery, a possession of drugs charges.