Monday, June 19, 2017

Armed Robbery Arrest


On June 17, 2017 at 12:11am, the suspect shown here entered the Circle K in the 2000 block of West Southern Avenue. Numerous customers were being assisted by the clerk at the front counter. The suspect waited for several customers to leave before he selected a bottle of liquor from a display, walked behind the counter and began striking the clerk with the bottle. The suspect attempted to gain access to the register, but was unable to. He took additional bottles of liquor and cigarettes from behind the counter. A second employee was assaulted in the same manner after exiting the rear of the store and seeing the crime in progress. The suspect left the store. This suspect was also suspected to be involved in another robbery on June 16.

On June 18, through a cooperative effort, the suspect, Jamaine Richardson, was taken into custody.

Attempt to Identify - Commercial Burglary

On May 26, 2017 at 1:10am, the pictured male entered the Reliquary room at St. Timothy's Catholic Church, 1730 W. Guadalupe Road, pried open the donations box and stole an unknown amount of money.

He is described as a White male, 50 to 60 years old, 5'7" to 5'9" tall, thin build, whitish-gray hair. He is wearing glasses. He was wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans with belt and had a gray and black backpack.

Please submit any information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through one of the following. You can remain anonymous.
  • Use our online form found here – (https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtipforms/webform.aspx?id=51&AgencyID=836.) Please fill in the case number in the Case Number field under Incident Information - 2017-1470626.
  • Text information to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your message with MESAPD; or
  • Call our non-emergency number at 480-644-2211 and select option 2.



Monday, June 12, 2017

Adult Probation Officer Arrested for Unlawful Sexual Conduct



On June 8, 2017 Mesa Police Detectives arrested Sedric Gant, a Maricopa County Adult Probation Officer, for Unlawful Sexual Conduct, 13-1409A2 C5F. 

Detectives began working the case several weeks ago when officials from Maricopa County Adult Probation called to report their suspicion of Gant’s illegal conduct.   Officials believed that Gant was exchanging sex for easy probation terms.  Detectives worked the case for weeks to identify the victim and interview the suspect.  After the interview, Gant was taken into custody.  During the interview, Gant admitted to engaging in sexual activity with a female on probation under his supervision.  The victim reported receiving lenient probation terms in exchange for the sexual favors.  

This case may have gone unreported had it not been for Maricopa County Adult Probation coming forward to report their suspicion of their employee.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Crime Stats - April 2017

The following are the top 5 calls for service and arrests for each patrol district -- 04/01/2017 through 04/30/2017. 

To see which district you are in, click on each individual district listed at left to see their map.
 

FIESTA
CENTRAL
Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Check Welfare426Check Welfare413
Subjects Disturbing400Subjects Disturbing347
Other Agency Assist254Warrant Arrest257
Loud Music/Noise180Trespass215
Civil Matter170Other Agency Assist208




ArrestsFrequencyArrestsFrequency
Homicide0Homicide1
Rape1Rape4
Robbery2Robbery6
Aggravated Assault22Aggravated Assault14
Breaking & Entering11Breaking & Entering6
Theft35Theft59
GTA2GTA4
Alcohol/DUI72Alcohol/DUI55
Other Assaults39Other Assaults41
Disorderly Conduct23Disorderly Conduct25
Drugs90Drugs88
Fiscal/Forgery8Fiscal/Forgery9
Loitering/Runaway2Loitering/Runaway4
Sex Offenses1Sex Offenses4
Vandalism17Vandalism26
All Other
193
All Other273
TOTAL518TOTAL619




RED MOUNTAIN
SUPERSTITION
Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Check Welfare364Check Welfare347
Subjects Disturbing270Subjects Disturbing240
Other Agency Assist201Burglary Alarm218
Burglary Alarm184Other Agency Assist197
Suspicious Activity178Suspicious Activity162




ArrestsFrequencyArrestsFrequency
Homicide0Homicide0
Rape1Rape1
Robbery2Robbery1
Aggravated Assault7Aggravated Assault12
Breaking & Entering7Breaking & Entering15
Theft58Theft48
GTA0GTA0
Alcohol/DUI53Alcohol/DUI48
Other Assaults31Other Assaults23
Disorderly Conduct36Disorderly Conduct11
Drugs64Drugs51
Fiscal/Forgery12Fiscal/Forgery16
Loitering/Runaway10Loitering/Runaway2
Sex Offenses0Sex Offenses0
Vandalism23 Vandalism15
All Other157 All Other94
TOTAL461TOTAL337

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Suspect Making Threats Charged with 23 Felonys and 4 Misdemeanors

Suspect Steven Vanderwall
On May 9, 2017 at 4:25am, officer responded to a threats call about a male subject in the front yard who had an order of protection against him. When officers arrived, they found the suspect, later identified as Steven Vanderwall, 40, kneeling in the front yard of the residence. Vanderwall told officers he had a bomb and attempted to light it with a flare. The residence was evacuated and Vanderwall was taken into custody. Mesa Police Bomb Squad personnel responded and, with the use of the robot, found the device strapped to Vanderwall was four pipe bombs. A search warrant was executed at Vanderwall's residence and the same types of components used to construct the pipe bombs were found in his bedroom. Vanderwall was interviewed and admitted to making the pipe bombs.


Vanderwall was charged with a total of 23 Felony counts and 4 Misdemeanor counts:

13-1204.A.2  Aggravated Assault, 2 counts, class 2 Felony
13-1204.A.2  Aggravated Assault-DV, 3 counts, class 3 Felony
13-1204.A.2  Aggravated Assault, 2 counts, class 3 Felony
13-1201.A  Endangerment, 2 counts, class 1 Misdemeanor
13-3102.A.3  Misconduct Involving Weapons, 4 counts, class 4 Felony
13-3102.A.4  Misconduct Involving Weapons, 4 counts, class 4 Felony
13-1504.A.1  Criminal Trespass-DV, class 6 Felony
13-2904.A.6  Disorderly Conduct-DV, 3 counts, class 6 Felony
13-2904.A.6  Disorderly Conduct, 4 counts, class 6 Felony
13-2810.A.2  Interfering with Judicial Proceedings, class 1 Misdemeanor
13-3103.A.3  Misconduct Involving Explosives, class 1 Misdemeanor



Monday, May 15, 2017

Robbery Suspect Arrested

Due to an observant citizen informing a nearby officer about a robbery in progress, the suspect was arrested.

On May 14, 2017 officers were on an unrelated call on the southeast corner of Mesa Drive and Southern Avenue when a woman approached them saying the convenience store across the street was being robbed and provided a suspect description. The officer's vehicle was stopped on the roadway with its overhead emergency lights on and could clearly be seen from the convenience store.

Other officers blocked the east entrance of the store and could see the counter area. After seeing the suspect start to physically fight with the clerk, officers entered the store, removed the clerk from the fight and detained the suspect. The suspect was later booked.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sexual Exploitation of Minor Suspect Arrested

Suspect Ryan Orndorff
In February 2017, Mesa Police detectives received a tip regarding the uploading of child pornography images through Skype. An account name was obtained and, through investigative means, a 38-year-old suspect named Ryan Orndorff was identified.

A search warrant was obtained for Orndorff’s residence and computers and, after a forensic examination of his computers, he has been charged with 13 counts of ARS 13-3553A2, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor a class 2 felony.

The Mesa Police Department takes crimes against children very seriously and will investigate these allegations with all available resources.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Fatal Hit and Run Suspect Arrested

Suspect Jessica Barrera
On May 7, 2017 at approximately 9:30pm,  the pictured suspect, later identified as Jessica Barrera, was driving a silver-colored Dodge Durango SUV westbound on Brown Road when she struck and killed a pedestrian. The suspect did not stop after the collision and was located by officers in the 4400 block of East Brown Road. Damage seen on the vehicle was consistent with the collision and vehicle parts found at the scene matched the damaged areas on the vehicle. A witness to the collision said the suspect made no attempt to stop. The suspect made comments to officers that she was aware she had collided with something. She has been charged with Failure to Stop at the Scene of a Fatal Collision, a class 2 felony.




Monday, May 1, 2017

Vehicle Burglary - Attempt to Identify

On April 14, 2017 around 3:50 a.m., the suspect pictured attempted to enter and did enter multiple vehicles on the street in the block of 2700 E. Harmony, removing change from the center console area. Suspect was viewed on video surveillance taking their time in each vehicle. Only a few victims desire prosecution.

Subject is described as a male or female wearing jeans, a hoodie and glasses. The suspect left the area on foot.

If you have any information, please call Mesa Police at 480-644-2211 or Detective Gift at 480-644-5429 during normal business hours. Refer to case numbers 20171120221 and 20171120250.





Thursday, April 27, 2017

Green Truck Exposure Subject Arrested

Suspect Mendoza-Coria
On February 10, 2017, the Mesa Police Department responded to a report of a male subject exposing himself and masturbating in front of female juvenile victims walking to school. The male was described as Hispanic between 25-45 years old driving an older green or dark green extended cab Ford F150 truck.

Other incidents were reported with similar information provided and on April 25, 2017 while observing an investigative lead (IL) in this case, detectives observed the male driving a green Ford F150 truck contacting female juveniles walking to school around Extension and University in Mesa. Detectives observed the male’s suspicious behavior and, after contacting the females involved, learned he had exposed himself three times in just under a minute.

Detectives contacted the male subject who has been identified as 39-year-old Edgar Mendoza-Coria. Edgar resisted arrest and was ultimately charged with six counts of Public Sexual Indecency, six counts of Indecent Exposure and one count of resisting arrest. Edgar admitted to exposing himself to the females for an adrenaline rush and stated he has done this for the past two years in Mesa. All known victims are females between 12 and 17 years old. Further investigation is pending to determine if there are additional charges.

If anyone has information pertinent to this case, please contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Armed Robbery - Attempt to Identify

Case #20170840666
On March 25, 2017 at 8:47pm, the pictured suspect entered the Subway at 1840 W. Southern Ave. and approached the counter. The suspect produced a black handgun, which he pointed at the victim. The suspect stated, "Give me the money" and "Give me everything you've got." The suspect held out a small black bank bag for the victim to place the money from the register in. The suspect then walked out of the store and went eastbound.

The suspect is described as a Black male wearing a red zippered hoody, wearing a red mask with eye holes cut out, black sweat pants.

The handgun is described as black in color, possibly a Sig-Sauer brand.

If you have any information, please contact Detective Sullivan at 480-644-3512 (during regular business hours) or 
You can remain anonymous.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Theft of Credit Card - Attempt to Identify

Case #2017-0250393
A vehicle burglary occurred in Chandler between 2:30am on January 24, 2017 and 5:30 am on January 25, 2017; several credit cards were taken. On January 25, 2017 at 4:19am, the female pictured here used the victim's stolen credit cards at the Walmart at 1710 S. Greenfield in Mesa.

If you have any information, please contact Detective Spina at 480-644-3746 (normal business hours) or use any of the following methods to submit the information. You can remain anonymous.

Use our online form found here – (https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtipforms/webform.aspx?id=51&AgencyID=836.)  Please fill in the case number in the Case Number field under Incident Information.
or
Text information to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your message with MESAPD.
or
Call our non-emergency number at 480-644-2211 and select option 2.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Circle K Robbery - Attempt to Identify

On 03-29-17 at 7:30 p.m., a black male wearing a black shirt over his head and face entered the Circle K located at 753 W Baseline Rd. carrying a black bag. The male walked behind the counter while the clerk was assisting customers and demanded money. The suspect removed a known amount of currency from the register and cartons of cigarettes from a display and placed them in the bag prior to exiting the store. No vehicle or weapons were seen.

Suspect description:
  • Light skinned black male 
  • black shirt over face
  • black glove on right hand
  • shirtless with a large scar/blemish on left side of back

Below are surveillance photos of the suspect, including an image of the scar/blemish on his back.



Please submit any information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect through one of the following. You can remain anonymous.

  • Text information to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your message with MESAPD; or
  • Call our non-emergency number at 480-644-2211 and select option 2.

Crime Stats - March


The following are the top 5 calls for service and arrests for each patrol district -- 03/01/2017 through 03/31/2017. 

To see which district you are in, click on each individual district listed at left to see their map.
 

FIESTA
CENTRAL
Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Check Welfare399Check Welfare372
Subjects Disturbing374Subjects Disturbing357
Other Agency Assist212Warrant Arrest218
Civil Matter196Other Agency Assist207
Loud Music/Noise167Trespass192




ArrestsFrequencyArrestsFrequency
Homicide0Homicide0
Rape0Rape3
Robbery5Robbery10
Aggravated Assault12Aggravated Assault10
Breaking & Entering4Breaking & Entering6
Theft49Theft44
GTA2GTA0
Alcohol/DUI49Alcohol/DUI38
Other Assaults50Other Assaults41
Disorderly Conduct32Disorderly Conduct33
Drugs76Drugs71
Fiscal/Forgery11Fiscal/Forgery11
Loitering/Runaway2Loitering/Runaway9
Sex Offenses1Sex Offenses1
Vandalism21Vandalism16
All Other
225
All Other266
TOTAL539TOTAL559




RED MOUNTAIN
SUPERSTITION
Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Check Welfare406Check Welfare372
Subjects Disturbing330Subjects Disturbing280
Other Agency Assist210Burglary Alarm251
Suspicious Activity210Other Agency Assist201
Civil Matter186Suspicious Activity174




ArrestsFrequencyArrestsFrequency
Homicide0Homicide0
Rape2Rape0
Robbery4Robbery2
Aggravated Assault10Aggravated Assault5
Breaking & Entering6Breaking & Entering6
Theft46Theft70
GTA2GTA1
Alcohol/DUI26Alcohol/DUI43
Other Assaults29Other Assaults22
Disorderly Conduct21Disorderly Conduct18
Drugs61Drugs37
Fiscal/Forgery11Fiscal/Forgery7
Loitering/Runaway4Loitering/Runaway6
Sex Offenses3Sex Offenses2
Vandalism21 Vandalism10
All Other120 All Other106
TOTAL366TOTAL335