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Phoenix Police Searching for Woman

Starting a fire in a public place probably isn’t the smartest thing in the world. You’ll eventually get caught. Plus, that’s just plain rude.

The Phoenix police are needing help and asking for the public’s help finding a woman who recently started a fire in a local Phoenix restaurant.

According to reports, a woman entered a Los Toritos Mexican Restaurant which was located near 32nd Street and McDowell Road.

The police said that the suspect could be seen on surveillance video asking  an employee for a key to the bathroom and once inside she poured gasoline and then lit it on fire.

She then fled the restaurant in a dark colored pickup truck. The truck was waiting in an alley just north of the business.

The woman is described as being a Hispanic or as a white female. She was between twenty-two to thirty years old. She was described as 130-150 pounds and had dark colored hair. At the time she had baggy clothes on and a light colored knit hat. She was also reportedly carrying a large black purse. Police think that’s what she was carrying the gasoline in.

Phoenix Man Dead

Police say a Phoenix man was shot dead after confronting a suspected burglar outside his neighbor’s home late Wednesday.

The victim, whom police have not named, approached the burglar just before 10 p.m. in the 13000 block of North 34th Avenue, according to Sgt. Vince Lewis, a Phoenix police spokesman.

The burglar pulled out a firearm and shot the man before fleeing in a vehicle, Lewis said..

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Recent Robberies in Phoenix

Multiple Robberies in Phoenix Lately


On Wednesday Police began looking for three suspects who robbed a Phoenix business at gunpoint. That would probably be a pretty scary hump day for the store employee and owner.


According to the Phoenix police, there were two females as well as a male who went into a business at the Thomas Road and 14th Street. This happened at five o’clock in the evening. The three of them didn’t waste any time and got straight to the point by pointing guns at the two employees.


One of the employees was bound and held at gunpoint on the floor. How scary would that be? The other employee was forced by gunpoint, to unlock the store safe. Then that employee was also tied up and held at gunpoint on the floor.


The police said that at one point during the robbery that one of the suspects fired the handgun into the wall office. Luckily no one was injured. I’m sure they’re all emotionally shaken.


The robbery suspects were reported to take an undisclosed amount of money as well as other property from the business and the employees before they finally left in a gray, full sized, single cab Chevy pickup truck. The truck also had a red colored bed. Which is pretty distinctive it sounds.


The police investigators are hoping someone will know this pretty unique vehicle and help by calling them. They are also hoping to get some information from the surveillance photos.


If anyone has any information on this robbery, the suspects, or the vehicle then please call the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau which can be reached at 602-262-6141 or even the Silent Witness program at 480- WITNESS.


Second Robbery in Phoenix


Police are still searching for a man who was accused of armed robbery back in January. The robbery happened at a Mesa CVS Pharmacy.


According to the Silent Witness program, the man had grabbed a few items from the store and then went to threaten the working cashier with a folding knife he had. The clerk handed the robber over the money and then the suspect fled the store. The man was last seen walking southbound from the store.


Suspect’s Description

The suspect is described as a white man with freckles, a reddish-blonde goatee and shaved hair. He is believed to be about 20-25 years old, 150 pounds and 5 feet, 7 inches tall.

He was last seen wearing a black shirt with lettering on the back, faded black jeans with a skull on the left leg, a black bandana on his neck, black shoes and a flat-rimmed hat with a logo.


Police are also asking that if you have any information on this robbery then they are offering a $1,000 reward if you come forward to help with any information at all, call SILENT WITNESS.


Third Phoenix Robbery Recently

As a mother, I’m all about family togetherness and always up for family time. However, I do not think robbing stores together is such a good way to bond.


Four people, including a man and his two daughters were arrested for shoplifting and then returning items for the cash and gift cards. This is why it makes it hard on the GOOD people to return things they BOUGHT and paid for.


The Phoenix Police investigators said that they recieved the information from “Toys R Us” about the shoplifting crew who was making fraudulent merchandise returns. How horrible would you have to be to steal from a child’s store?


The Phoenix Detectives were able to work closely with the Toys R Us and were able to identify the suspects. They then began to gather surveillance on the suspects.


According to the police, forty-four year old, Lester Kilpatrick and his twenty-two year old daughter, Amanda Kilpatrick were actually spotted stealing from several stores in the Metro Phoenix area. They would then return the items for a refund later.


One of the time, a refund had been put on a gift card which the suspects sold at a nearby gift card reseller. Police said that they would then go to purchase heroin with the cash they recieved.


The detectives were also able to confirm that there was another daughter involved. She was twenty-one year old Jordan Kilpatrick and a twenty-year old, Brandon Muchow often went along with the group.


Police said that in one of the incidents that the four of the suspects actually went to one of the local department stores and shoplifted several large bags of clothing. They then went to a nearby location and would sort the items and return them separately. They did this with over two hundred dollars worth of merchandise.


Luckily the police were able to arrest all four of the suspects after they made a fraudulent return. During the interview with the detectives, the family didn’t try to deny what they had done. All four of them admitted to what they did and claimed that they did this to support their $40 a day drug habit each one of them had. If they didn’t they would become ill from the withdrawal symptoms.


According to the family of suspects, they had been shoplifting an average of seven days a week for over three years. They had a pretty good run at it I suppose.


There was actually another person identified, however they weren’t detained for whatever reason. The Police said that person is dependent on the shoplifting operation so they can feed their drug addiction.


The police also said that the family would steal over $72,000 per year just to satisfy their daily drug habits. How crazy ridiculous is that? Did no one see or try to help this family?


Lester and Jordan Kilpatrick as well as Brandon Muchow were all booked into jail and will now face several counts of organized retail theft and refund fraud. Amanda Kilpatrick was also put into jail however she was later released due to a medical condition.


The investigation is ongoing at this time, according to the local authorities.


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Phoenix Burglary Suspect Injured

Well if there isn’t enough scary stuff going on in the world today. like terrorism, IsIs and major wars. People just can’t live peacefully or do what’s right.

A Phoenix police officer says that a suspect was shot on a Saturday morning. It wasn’t by the police though, it was by the resident who had reportedly interrupted a burglary. Talk about a scary moment for both parties.

The officers were quick to respond to the scene. It happened near the 83rd Avenue and McDowell Road. It happened very early, just before daylight at five o’clock in the morning.

One of the nearby neighbor’s say that he could hear the gunshots. He said he could also hear someone screaming “I’m sorry, I’m sorry”. At first the neighbor thought it was a young child screaming at first. According to the reports, it was actually a woman who was in hiding.

One of the residents told the police that they did see a woman and she was burglarizing a work vehicle and had an altercation with her.

The Police say that the resident did fire some gunshots at the suspect and was able to hit her at least one time.  Luckily the suspect suffered from non-life threatening injuries, according to the police reports.

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A verbal altercation in a bar or at your own home could be misconstrued as an assault charge. If you are accused of starting a bar fight or engaging in domestic violence, secure experienced legal help immediately. Understandably, you may feel tempted to explain your side of the story to law enforcement. But, any details you provide could be used against you.


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Police Searching for Sexual Assault Suspect in Phoenix


Police are looking for a man accused of trying to sexually assault a woman at her apartment in downtown Phoenix.

According to Silent Witness, on Saturday, March 19 before 8:30 p.m., a 21-year-old woman was followed by a man to her apartment near 3rd and Roosevelt streets.
The man reportedly pretended to be looking for a different apartment, but when she entered her residence and closed the door, the suspect pushed the door open and entered.

He grabbed the victim and tried to drag her to her bedroom, but the victim’s roommate came out of his room and chased him off.

“I think it’s really crazy, honestly,” said Steven Samaniego, a tenant at Roosevelt Point Apartments where the incident happened. “There’s a lot of hidden spots the cameras can’t really see.”

Residents say they’ve learned to watch their backs.

“I actually had an encounter, as well, not to that extreme, but I did see someone strange walking around and trying to come in behind me,” Miller said.

Even though the gates are secured and there are surveillance cameras all around the building, it wasn’t enough to keep a bad guy out.

“Coming in and out, you just assume that they live here too, so that’s tough to decipher if someone really forgot their keys or if they are just sneaking in,” said Grady Gavigan, another resident.

Video footage from the apartment elevator shows the suspect attempting to change clothes before leaving the building.

He is described as a Hispanic or Native American in his early to mid 20s. He’s about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.

If you know anything, please contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. Silent Witness is offering up to $1,000 for helpful information.



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Police Stand Off

Police deal with a lot of crazy situations. Some scary, some don’t end nearly as bad as they think.

On Tuesday morning a man had to be taken into custody after he barricaded himself inside of his home for four hours.

Police say that the standoff began around midnight. It happened close to 14th Street and Missouri Avenue. The police were just simply trying to serve the man a court order and arrest him. The man then barricaded himself inside of his home.

Officers weren’t sure if the man had weapons or not so they called for SWAT to come assist the situation just as a precautionary. The SWAT showed up and were able to get the man to come out of his house just before five o’clock in the morning.

Police Find Man Shot in Phoenix Parking Lot

The police are now investigating a scene after a man who had a gunshot wound was found in a Phoenix parking lot.

Phoenix Police told the local news that the mans injuries weren’t considered life threatening. The man was found early on Tuesday morning in a Denny’s parking lot. This was near 51st Avenue and Indian School Road.

They think that the man was probably injured somewhere before hand. At this time, no other details have been released.

Police Officer Dies After Shootings

Sadly, a North Dakota police officer has lost his life after he was hit by a gunshot. Police believe that they later found the suspect, he was found dead in the home that the shot officer had responded to a domestic disturbance call.

Officer Jason Moser was a six year police veteran. He had a wife as well as two children at home. He died at 12:45 p.m. from one gunshot wound, according to the police spokesman. According to Fargo Police Chief, David Todd, his family members visited him in the hospital earlier that day so that they could say goodbye to him.

The shooting happened on a Wednesday evening. The suspect was identified as Marcus Schumacher. The shooting started when the suspect fired at the officers who were just responding to a domestic disturbance call. That is when the standoff started as well. It lasted overnight and after the firing stopped the police discovered that Schumacher was already dead inside of the home. Police weren’t sure if they had shot him, or if he had shot himself.

The scary situation shook the neighborhood of Fargo.  Fargo is North Dakota’s largest city, however it has a low crime rate. According to the local authorities a police officer hasn’t died while on duty for more than a century.

The only other known police officer in Fargo who died while on duty was twenty-five year old Frederick Alderman. He was shot to death in July of 1882. This information came from the Officer Down Memorial Page, which is a nonprofit group that keeps the records of fallen Officers.

Forty-nine year old Schumacher was found dead just before dawn. This was in the home that he had barricaded himself in.

Armed Man Refuses to Surrender to Police

The Phoenix Police say that they had to close a major intersection on Monday night. This was after an armed man had refused to turn himself in to the police after a shoplifting incident at Fry’s Electronics Store.

The officers blocked the Thunderbird Road and 30th Avenue. They told the local news that they had to shut down the area due to the fact that a man locked himself in his van in a parking lot and he was threatening to harm himself.

Phoenix Police Spokesman, Vincent Lewis Statement:

We are attempting to safely contact someone who is a danger to himself and others.

Lewis later stated that the man finally surrendered to the police and was later taken into custody. Luckily no injuries were reported.

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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.


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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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