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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.


Schedule a Free Consultation – Phoenix Criminal Threats Lawyer

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.