Thursday, June 5, 2014

Auto Zone Carjacker Back Behind Bars

On June 4th, 2014, shortly before 7 PM, 31 year-old Aaron Miller carjacked a 46 year-old Mesa man who was getting into his vehicle after exiting the Auto Zone at Williams/Main in Mesa.  Miller approached the victim and, at gunpoint, demanded the victim's wallet, car keys, and cell phone.  The victim immediately complied and watched as Miller sped off in his vehicle, a silver 2004 Dodge Intrepid.  The victim was able to get to a phone and call to report the incident.

Mesa Patrol Officers saturated the area and began looking for the stolen vehicle.  Approximately 10 minutes later, the vehicle was located near Hampton/Gilbert in Mesa.  The vehicle was mobile and occupied by a subject matching the description given by our victim.  Patrol officers began closing in on the vehicle which ultimately came to rest in front the Fry's Market Place, located at Gilbert/Baseline in Gilbert. The suspect fled into the store and was ultimately taken into custody without incident by Mesa Patrol Officers.  He was identified by the victim and property belonging to the victim was found in his possession.

In addition, our officers located the victim's cell phone and a handgun believed to be used in the robbery in the parking lot of the store.  We later learned Miller was recently released from the Department of Corrections (DOC) and was currently on supervised probation. He invoked his rights and refused to speak during interview.  Aaron Miller was booked on Armed Robbery, Theft of Means of Transportation, and Prohibited Possession of a Firearm, all felonies.

We are very fortunate that the victim, no innocent bystanders, or any of our officers were not injured during this incident.  It should be noted the victim acted exactly as he should have during this incident.  He gave no resistance and complied with the armed suspect. Once safe, he was able to report the incident and assist officers in the investigation.


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