Thursday, March 19, 2015

Media Release - Shooter Arrested

Booking Photo of suspect Giroux
For Release: March 18, 2015
Contact: Detective Esteban Flores
Media Relations Unit

On Wednesday March 18th, the Mesa Police Department received an emergency call at the Tri-City Motel located at 1504 W. Main St. in Mesa. When officers arrived they found three (3) gunshot victims at the motel, two females and one male. The male victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. As officers were still arriving, they received another emergency call from the Bistro-13 Restaurant across the street. The Bistro-13 is run by the East Valley Institute of Technology (E.V.I.T.), located at 1353 W. Main. The same suspect from the motel shooting had shot an adult student at the restaurant during a car-jacking attempt and fled eastbound in a stolen gray Honda Accord.

As this initial investigation commenced, additional calls of shootings came in to 911 in the general vicinity of the first incident. The suspect continued to 949 S. Longmore where he attempted another carjacking, but failed. No one was injured at that location. He then went across to 901 S. Dobson Rd., where he committed a home invasion and shot the fifth (5) victim inside of an apartment. This failed robbery attempt led the suspect to another apartment complex located at 1840 W. Emelita, where he shot the sixth (6) and final victim, before fleeing to a set of condominiums located at 1730 W. Emelita.

A massive manhunt commenced in the general area of the last sighting, which led to the Mesa S.W.A.T. team members locating the suspect on the balcony of vacant condo. Tactical Team members attempted to take the suspect into custody, but he was not compliant. A Taser was deployed on the suspect and he was taken into custody without further incident.

The suspect was identified as, 41-year-old, Ryan Elliot Giroux.He is currently being questioned by detectives. A motive for the initial shooting at the motel is still unknown.The last three shootings appear to be motivated by robbery and his attempt to get away.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Media Release - Help Identify Suspicious Child Contact Suspect

Composite sketch of suspect and example of vehicle
The Mesa Police Department is asking for assistance from the community in identifying a suspicious person.

On Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at approximately 6:50am, a juvenile female was in the area of Gilbert and University when she was contacted by an unknown White male who tried to coax her into his vehicle. She described the subject as 40- to 45-years-old, 5' 08” tall, 250 pounds, grey thinning hair and wearing glasses with thick lenses.

The vehicle is described as a 1997-2004 regular cab white Ford F-150 pickup truck. There were dents and scratches over the entire vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211 (choose option 2 at the main menu) or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Media Release - Public Assistance Needed to Identify Attempted Sexual Assault Suspect

Composite of  Suspect
The Mesa Police Department is seeking assistance with identifying a suspect in an attempted sexual assault. The incident occurred on Saturday, February 28, in the area of Horne and 2nd Avenue. The female victim was approached by the suspect while in a parking lot in the area.

The victim and suspect struggled and she was able to get away and contact the authorities. The suspect fled the scene, but was not located. The suspect was described as a White male with leathery skin, 30-years-old, 5'5” to 5'8” tall, 140-160 pounds, buzz cut blond hair and yellowish teeth with gaps. He was last seen wearing jeans, navy blue hooded sweater and a black tank-top.

Mesa detectives have been working the case, but are seeking assistance with identifying the suspect. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211, option 2 at the main menu, or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.