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Suspect On Two-Day Crime Spree Apprehended By DPS

Suspect attempted to elude police by jumping from freeway overpass

Friday, December 13, 2013 -

Tempe, Arizona - Highway Patrol Officers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) apprehended a male suspect following a pursuit along the Red Mountain 202 Freeway and McClintock Road.

The incident began just after 9:00 p.m. on December 12, when the Tempe Police Department provided DPS with an attempt to locate (ATL) bulletin for a vehicle stolen during an armed car-jacking. The armed car-jacking occurred at the Tempe Market Place, near State Route 101 and the Red Mountain 202 highway. The ATL also included the description of the male suspect.

The suspect and stolen vehicle were not located at that time.

Later, just after 2:30 a.m. on December 13, DPS received another ATL bulletin; this time from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) regarding the armed robbery of an adult bookstore, located on a county island in east Mesa.

DPS Highway Patrol units located and began pursuit of the stolen vehicle along the westbound traffic lanes of the Red Mountain 202 freeway, between Stapley and McClintock Roads, at speeds well in excess of 100 mph.

Highway Patrol units disabled the two right side tires of the stolen vehicle with Stop Sticks during the pursuit.

The pursuit ended when the suspect stopped the stolen vehicle on the McClintock Road over pass along the Red Mountain 202 highway.

The suspect male ran from the stolen vehicle, jumped over the concrete barrier wall, and landed 60 feet below and sustained life threatening injuries.

This incident involves multiple locations and victims; therefore various law enforcement agencies in the East Valley are working closely together on this investigation.

Among those agencies are The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the Tempe Police Department, the Mesa Police Department, the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Division.