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Robberies in Phoenix On the Rise

Reward for Phoenix Robbery Suspect

Yet another robbery has taken place in good ol’ Phoenix. However, this time, if you could help the authorities you could make a little cash. A $1,000 reward is being offered if you have any information that could help the police track down the two men that robbed a Phoenix body shop at gunpoint on January 25th.

Silent Witness have released images of the two men that police say entered the Estrada Body Paint & Auto Repair. The Auto Repair shop is located close to 13th and Washington streets around 12:35 p.m. kind of odd to rob someone at lunch time.

One of the suspected men walked behind the counter and then pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded the money. The other man was the lookout man.

Suspect at Large

Silent Witness says that police are now looking for a Hispanic man. They think that he is around thirty years old and around five foot, nine inches tall. He weighs around two hundred pounds. He also has black hair and brown eyes. They also say he has a beard. At the time he was wearing a black hat and black boots and blue work pants.

The lookout man was described as having a beard and was wearing an Oakland Raiders hoodie. Not much to go on with that one.

If anyone has any information, please call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. Don’t forget, if you help out you could get a little cash for you trouble!

FBI Searches for Bank Robber

Usually when you think of a robbery you think of a group of guys because that’s what you see in the movies. Well this time, the FBI is asking for the public’s help in finding a woman who is wanted in the connection of multiple bank robberies around the metro Phoenix area in just the last month.

Apparently, Phoenix likes to name their robbery suspects bandit because her name is “SOS Bandit”. Why? because of her “slip on shoes”. She has robbed at least four banks between January 30th and February 16th using the same plan in each of the robberies according to an FBI press release.

The woman entered the banks and acted as if she was just a regular customer however after a few moments that changed. She presented a note to the tellers demanding money, threatening “physical harm” if her demands weren’t met.


The woman is linked to robberies at:

  • Amtrust Bank at 8764 E. Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale on Jan. 30.
  • Amtrust Bank at 2975 W. Ray Road in Chandler on Feb. 11.
  • Bank of America at 8750 E. Raintree Drive in Scottsdale on Feb. 15.
  • JP Morgan Chase at 1744 E. Southern Ave. in Tempe on Feb. 16.

Phoenix Criminal Threats Lawyer

Criminal Defense Cases

Formerly referred to as terroristic threats, the crime of criminal threats may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony offense, depending on case specifics. A criminal threat occurs when an individual threatens to kill or injure another person and that person has a reasonably sustained fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her immediate family. A defendant may potentially be convicted of making criminal threats even if he or she did not intend to carry out the threat, provided that the alleged victim had a reasonable basis to fear for his or her safety.


Arrest in Phoenix for Criminal Threats

If you have been arrested for making a criminal threat, it is critical that you protect your rights by retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney. For a vigorous defense, contact the Law Offices of Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC immediately.

Arizona prosecutors have considerable discretion to charge criminal threats offenses as a misdemeanor or a felony. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor criminal threat, harassment or stalking offense, you could face up to one year in county jail. If you are convicted of a felony criminal threats offense, you could face up to four years in state prison. You could face significantly greater penalties if you used a firearm or other dangerous weapon while making criminal threats.


Types of Criminal Threats

A Criminal Threat is a strike offense, which means that you could face significantly enhanced penalties if you are convicted of a future felony. Even a nonviolent felony could result in twice the prison sentence if you have a prior strike offense. A third strike could result in a prison sentence of 25 years to life.


Criminal Threats Defensive Strategy

There are many ways that our skilled Phoenix Defense Attorneys can raise a strong defense on your behalf. First, we will examine the facts of the case to determine if the prosecution has enough evidence to obtain a conviction. In particular, we will look at any evidence of the alleged communication. Does the prosecution have copies of an email or voicemail? If the state has nothing more than a he-said-she said case, the prosecution will have a tougher time proving its case.


Taking Your Criminal Threats Case to Trial

Even if the prosecution has evidence of the alleged communication, we will examine the nature of the communication. Was the threat a serious one? In other words, did the alleged victim actually fear for his or her safety and was he or she reasonable to have such fear? The prosecution does not have to prove that you intended to carry out the threat, or even that you had the current ability to carry out the threat. However, the prosecution must establish that the threat you made is the type that would have caused the defendant to have a reasonable fear.

If you choose to take your case to trial, we offer skilled Phoenix trial lawyers who will aggressively defend your rights in the courtroom. If you do not want to fight your charges at trial, we can negotiate with the prosecution to seek a favorable plea agreement. Depending on the facts of your case, we may be able to help you keep this off of your record. If that is not possible, we can seek a plea to a lesser offense, including a non-strike offense, or we can seek an agreement on sentencing that will limit the penalties you face. With a team of former prosecutors, the skilled attorneys at the Phoenix Offices of Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC are highly adept at finding creative solutions for their clients.


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If you or someone you know has been accused of a Violent Crime such as a Terrorist Threat, contact a Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation. With a wealth of expertise, a commitment to integrity and a passion for defense, the Attorneys at Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC – Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyers – are here to support you with your case. We believe every defendant has the right to.

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Home Invasion Robberies Near Phoenix

Robberies: Phoenix Home Invasion

Robberies happen quite often in Phoenix. However, a home invasion has to be terrifying no matter how common they might be in your area.

According to the police, a resident of a west Phoenix home shot and injured at least one man during a robbery during an early Monday morning incident. Talk about a crappy way to start your week.

Sgt. Trent Trump who is a spokesman with the Phoenix Police said that two or three armed men had broken into a home. The home was located near 83rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road. The robbery happened in the early morning around 3:3o.

Sgt. Crump said that the home’s armed home owner confronted and fired at the robbers when they forced entry into his home. One of the men sustained non life threatening injuries. Maybe that will teach them to break into people’s homes.

The men of course fled the scene after that. The investigators said that they think that the man who was being treated at the local hospital for a gunshot wound was involved in the robbery.

The other men involved are still at large.

Robberies in Phoenix

Federal agents are working with the Phoenix police to try to calm down the onset of home invasion robberies that’s been on the rise in Phoenix lately. They have arrested around 70 people since May and had several operations of several groups of behind the crimes.

According to the police the home invasion robberies and kidnappings are tied to smuggling of drugs as well as people across the Mexican border. This happens a lot in Phoenix due to it being so close to the border.

The officials with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives said that a unit of federal agents have been working with the Phoenix detectives in hopes to break the robbery stings. Most of these have included attackers that have been dressed in dark uniforms and masks which mimics police tactical units.

According to reports, the investigation is called “Operation Gideon”. They use stings as well as other “means” to stop the crews. They charge them with firearms possession and other crimes before they carried out robberies.

According to the reports they included: the seizure of several firearms, ballistic vests, plastic restraints, duct tape, gloves and ski masks, as well as several thousand dollars in cash.

The people who are arrested will face federal firearms, drug trafficking, as well as other charges.

Mayor Phil Gordon’s Statement:

The results are stunning, and meaningful. These people really are the worst of the worst. And now they’re off the streets.

It’s pretty amazing that the detectives and local police are working so well to get things done and making such great progress in such little time. I’m sure the city of Phoenix really feels so much better about this.

However, it’s still pretty unclear how much of an impact the sweep has had. Last month, Police Chief, Jack Harris said that the kidnappings and home invasion robberies have continued without any “significant decrease”. So that’s not the best news. However, if the authorities keep at it hopefully the criminals will see that Phoenix isn’t a place to mess with and they will get caught.

Chief Harris says that in addition to the seventy arrests the federal-state team has made more than 300 arrests since it was created last September which is pretty amazing. The number’s are sure to keep rising.

According to Federal Statistics violent crime in Phoenix is actually down overall. However, police are still alarmed at the home invasion robberies and abductions lately. The victims have been as young as thirteen years old. The victims are even being held for a drug debt or being smuggled across the border. That would be a pretty scary situation for the victim.

Phoenix Violent Crimes Lawyer

Criminal Defense Cases

If you are suspected of murder, aggravated assault or another violent crime, an experienced criminal defense attorney can secure your rights. A skilled lawyer will not only look for ways to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed but will also focus on developing an effective criminal defense trial strategy. At Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC, we have a substantial background defending clients accused of violent crimes in the state of Arizona and the greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Our lead criminal defense attorney, Daniel Perlman, is a former prosecutor who previously pursued charges against individuals suspected of violent crimes. Mr. Perlman and the entire Perlman Law Group offer a comprehensive view of the criminal justice system and know the right steps to take in developing a defense strategy while seeking to mitigate any potential damage.

Our ability to work with the facts in plea negotiations can turn a weak defense into a strong one. In our experience, a creative approach to your defense strategy can result in a sentence of probation or work release, even on a felony plea.

Effective Defensive Strategy for Violent Crimes

As a starting point for an effective defense strategy, we will evaluate the police report, witness statements and any physical evidence. Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC takes its approach a step further through identifying creative solutions by focusing on the actual risk of punishment you are currently facing. The threat of prison will probably be based as much on your prior record as it will be on the facts of the current criminal charges.


Our firm handles cases involving all types of Violent Crime allegations, including:

  • Assault and Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Murder, Attempted Murder and Manslaughter
  • Weapons Offenses
  • Armed Robbery
  • Kidnapping and False Imprisonment
  • Criminal Threats
  • Gang-Related Crimes
  • Resisting Arrest and Assault on an Officer
  • Domestic Violence


If weaknesses in the government’s case mean that you stand a good chance of success at trial, we will aggressively represent your interests before a jury. If the evidence against you makes a trial too risky, we will advise you and work with all parties — including prosecutors, probation officers, court services and community agencies — to show that you are an excellent candidate for favorable treatment.

Schedule a Free Consultation –  Phoenix Violent Crimes lawyer

If you or someone you know has been accused of a Violent Crime, contact a Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation. With a wealth of expertise, a commitment to integrity and a passion for defense, the Attorneys at Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC – Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyers – are here to support you with your case. We believe every defendant has the right to a solid defense. Call us today for a free initial consultation at 480-351-6445.

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Phoenix Robberies With Assault

Phoenix Robberies, Missing Suspects

Good ol’ Phoenix never lacks on the robbery department. They seem to keep pretty busy with that. Sadly, when you’re that close to the border it’s bound to happen.

According to the Phoenix Police, they are now looking for a man who had threatened a  sporting goods store last week. They threatened the store with a bomb during an attempted robbery.

According to a Silent Witness, he or she saw a man and he or she was carrying a box. The box went into the Big 5 Sporting Goods store, which is now located on Thomas Road, on December 3rd.

The suspect demanded that the clerk give him money, however when the female cashier refused, the suspect said that there was a bomb in a box outside.

According to the reports, the box was left behind after the male suspect had left the store. The police officers that got to the scene and investigated seem to think that it wasn’t in danger at anytime.

The police said that the suspect was a white male. Authorities believe the man was fifty-five years old. He’s a rather small man, being around five foot and eight inches tall. Weighing around one hundred ninety pounds. In the security footage, the suspect was last seen wearing a black knit cap as well as a black and white plaid shirt and dark pants.  At least he color coordinated, I guess.

Silent Witness is offering up to one thousand dollars for the information that would help solve the case. If you have any information, please contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Mysterious Robberies, Jack in the Box

Robberies, come in all shapes and sizes. Some are quiet and relatively peaceful, some are flamboyant and well thought out. However, this most recent Phoenix robbery can only be described as “brazen”. The robbery was caught on camera at the Valley Jack in the Box.

Chandler Police are shocked and thankful that no one was hurt and that the crime wasn’t any worse than what happened.

The Chandler Police have recently released a video on their Facebook page. They are asking for the public’s help in tracking down this robbery suspect.

According to the report, the man could be seen entering the door behind the counter, with a ski mask on his face and his hood up. You could also see a gun in his hand.

Customer, Ed Schossow’s Statement:

I would have shot him, without a doubt. This is exactly why I carry a concealed weapon.

According to the report, the video surveillance was showed to several of the customers outside of the store on Friday night. Schossow says that seeing crimes, is the reason that he’s always prepared. He always carries a concealed weapon on him.

After watching the video, police think that the suspect actually looks as if he was “inexperienced” with a weapon. He even dropped the clip and then reloads the gun.

Chandler Police Detective, Seth Tyler Statement:

Just the recklessness, we are very lucky we didn’t have an accidental discharge, This suspect maybe cased this restaurant, was able to determine times it wasn’t busy.

The man took the cash from one drawer and then demanded the next. In the video, your can see an employee who was forced to open another drawer.

Schossow’s Statement:

I feel sorry for them, I mean, it’s a scary situation.


The man grabs as much money as he can with his free hand. He dropped quite a bit off it one his way out the doors. Which is totally dumb, he should have at least had a container to carry the money.

The police description

The suspect is described as a light skinned man, between the ages of 16 to 25. He is five feet, five inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs between 135-155 pounds.

Sexual Assault Plus Robbery

Phoenix Police are looking for a suspect they believe to be in connection to an armed robbery. The suspect reportedly also tried to sexually assault a woman at a tax business.

The police say that the victim had just came back from visiting the bank when the suspect came into the business which is located near 33rd Street and Indian School road, who pulled a gun on her.

Another Sexual Assault Robbery Case

According to reports, a suspect tied and gagged a woman before he reportedly took off her bra and then tried to assault her.

The police say that when the sick perv suspect, noticed the security cameras he stopped his assault and took off with the money.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic or possibly a Native American. He’s around six foot tall and was wearing white gloves as well as a black hoodie.

The investigating officers say that the surveillance take did a good job and likely prevented something worse from happening.  The police is continuing the investigation and checking to see if the cameras were functional. Which, they must have been if the tape showed that.

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Phoenix Robberies

Phoenix Police Looking for Robbery Suspects


The Phoenix police are on the search for two young men who are suspected of robbing a Chandler Walmart  a few months ago.

According to the local authorities on July 30th there were two Hispanic males who had entered into a Walmart near the Alma School Road around seven, thirty in the evening.  They handed a note over to the cashier who was overseeing the self-checkout kiosks.

From the surveillance video, you can see the first suspect walk out of the Walmart store as the second suspect was waiting for the cashier to finish placing the money into a plastic bag.  The investigating police officers think that the male suspects were both between the ages of sixteen and twenty years old.

Police are asking that if anyone has any information about this robbery or the suspects then to please call the Chandler Police Department. They can be reached at 480-782-4130 or the Silent Witness program at 480-WITNESS.


Two Suspects Arrested for Robbery at Phoenix Bar


There are several suspects who are now in custody, this was after there was a robbery at a Phoenix bar.

The police officers with the Phoenix Police said that the two men had been trying to carjack a woman in front of a Dilly Dally Lounge at 36th Street and Indian School Road.

The men must have scared the woman nearly to death when they held her at gunpoint. However, they decided not to carjack her. Both of the men then went into the bar and got away with almost one hundred dollars. Talk about some crazy events. Luckily the woman wasn’t injured though.

The police were luckily able to catch up with the suspected men, not long after the incident. They were found near 40th Street and Thomas Road.


Another Robbery Case


There are several types of robberies. Bank Robberies, store robberies, robberies that lead to police chases.  A lot of robberies start out, with a threat and if everyone cooperates, then no one gets hurt. However, sometimes robberies turn deadly at the drop of a pin.

Police have luckily arrested a ban robbery suspect after he had led the police on a chase on a Monday evening around the Phoenix Valley.


Phoenix Robbery Cases


The Chandler police say that the bank robbery happened around three,thirty in the late afternoon. It happened at the National Bank of Arizona at the Chandler Boulevard and Kyrene Road.

According to the Chandler police, the suspect had walked into the bank and had a gun. He then demanded money. The suspect left the building and then got into a Chrysler Sebring, purple in color.

Witnesses quickly called 911 to report the incident, suspect, as well as the vehicle description. The officers then spotted the vehicle just four minutes later.

When the officers had tried to make a traffic stop, things got ugly. There were gunshots fired from the suspect and officers at this point, according to the police. A couple of the police vehicles were hit by gunshots, luckily no one was hurt though.

Officers the requested/got help from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Phoenix Police, Tempe Police, as well as the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The police have said that the robbery suspect had drove from the westbound on Interstate 10 to 7th Avenue and then later made his way to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to Washington Street.

The suspect wasn’t giving up easily. He drove to Tempe and then ended up on Mill Avenue near the University Drive. Then he got out of his vehicle and ran away from his car.

The police also said that the suspect was finally arrested around 4:45 in the evening. He was arrested at the AMC Centerpoint 11 movie theater.

ABC15 NEWS Crews were on the scene and said that the police had found the gun that was involved in the robbery, there was also the money from the bank found inside of the movie theater.



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