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.

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

Aggravated Assault22Aggravated Assault14
Breaking & Entering11Breaking & Entering6
Other Assaults39Other Assaults41
Disorderly Conduct23Disorderly Conduct25
Sex Offenses1Sex Offenses4
All Other
All Other273

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

Aggravated Assault7Aggravated Assault12
Breaking & Entering7Breaking & Entering15
Other Assaults31Other Assaults23
Disorderly Conduct36Disorderly Conduct11
Sex Offenses0Sex Offenses0
Vandalism23 Vandalism15
All Other157 All Other94

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.