Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Home Invasion Kidnapping - 8/18/09 - 4100 N. 28th Drive

The following information is from Phoenix Police Home Invasion Kidnapping Enforcement and Family Investigation Bureau detectives:

Victim 1: adult h/f, mother of victims 2 and 3

Victim 2: 2 year old h/m

Victim 3: 11 month old h/f

Suspect 1: unknown b/m; 5’5” tall; heavy set, wearing a camouflage ballistic vest; black ball cap; jean shorts

Suspect 2: unknown b/m; thin; dark green t shirt; blue or black jean pants

Suspect 3: unknown b/m; 5’5”; medium build; dark blue short sleeve shirt; jeans

Suspect 4: unknown b/m; no further information

Suspect Vehicle: white 1990’s Honda or Toyota sedan with possible window tint; no license plate information

Suspicious Vehicle: white Chevy Silverado PU w “Cadillac” emblem on front grill

At 1:30 AM this morning Phoenix Police patrol officers responded to a home invasion call in the 4100 block of North 28th Drive. Upon arrival, officers contacted the mother of the two children. She stated the listed suspects were armed with guns and broke into her home demanding money. The victim said she had none and the suspects kidnapped the two children and left with them in what is described as a white 1990’s Honda or Toyota. There was witness mention of a suspicious vehicle driving in an alley behind the kidnapping scene at or about the time of the crime. That suspicious vehicle was described as a white Chevy Silverado pickup truck with a “Cadillac” emblem on the front grill. There is no description of who was in the pickup truck.

The information was put out to the public via the media as an amber alert was being prepared for release.

Just after 6AM this morning we received a 911 call to a residence in the 100 block of west Beverly in Phoenix. There, according to the residents, they heard screaming outside their front door. They opened the door to find the two kidnapped children crying and sitting in their front yard.

Responding patrol officers and Phoenix Firefighters examined the children and cared for them. They were transported to police headquarters where they were reunited with their mother and family. They were wearing the same clothing as when they were kidnapped.

We are investigating the crimes that occurred. The motive is robbery. Why this home was targeted is unknown at this time. The first goal was to get the children home safely. The mother and children were not physically harmed.

We thank the media for getting the information out and believe that may have caused the suspects to release the children.

Anyone with information as to the suspects’ identity or location is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. For Spanish call 480-TESTIGO.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Single vehicle roll-over collision leaves one dead

Seat belts were not worn by either occupant and this collision is a reminder of the importance of wearing seat belts.


Saturday, 08-15-09 3:00 am


28000 N. Vistancia Boulevard


Adam Mendez, 23 years old,

Pronounced dead at the scene

Peoria resident

Fabian Murrietta, 24 years old

Transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries

Peoria resident

On Saturday, August 15, at about 3:00 am a white Kia Sorrento was west on Vistancia Boulevard when the driver lost control of the vehicle causing it to cross the median into the eastbound lanes where the vehicle struck a guard rail and overturned. Victim, Adam Mendez, 23 years old from Peoria, was ejected and was pronounced dead at the scene. The second occupant, Fabian Murrietta, 24 year old from Peoria, was still in the vehicle and was flown to John C. Lincoln North Mountain for his injuries. The investigators from the Peoria Police Traffic Services Section are not certain at this time who was driving the vehicle, what may have caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle and if impairment on the part of the driver may have played a role in the collision.

IIMPACT Detectives bust drop house in Central Phoenix where a Phoenix resident had been abducted after getting off the bus and held

Friday, August 14, 2009
IIMPACT Detectives bust drop house in Central Phoenix where a Phoenix resident had been abducted after getting off the bus and held

Total of two coyotes arrested and ten victims rescued in the IIMPACT operation

On, Aug. 11, 2009, the Phoenix Police Department notified IIMPACT detectives about a Phoenix man who was abducted at gunpoint after he got off of a bus and was walking to his home in the area of 32nd St. and Roosevelt. The man was forced into a van by human smugglers (coyotes) and held in
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a drop house at 1008 N. 27th St. for four days until his family paid the coyotes a ransom of $2,800. The man was abducted to replace another victim who had escaped so that the coyotes didn’t have to pay their boss the lost ransom money of $2,800 by losing one victim. The man led police to the drop house where one coyote was arrested following a traffic stop after he was identified by the victim and was seen getting into a truck to flee the house.

At about 9:30 p.m. the Phoenix Police Department’s Special Assignment Unit (SAU) responded and surrounded the residence and detained one remaining suspect and 10 undocumented immigrant victims. The original victim was also an undocumented immigrant, but has been living in Phoenix most of his life. IIMPACT detectives learned the 10 victims had arrived at the drop house earlier that morning and were immediately beaten violently by the coyotes and their shoes were also taken from them. One coyote even threatened the victims with a six-inch knife, which was recovered by detectives. The victims’ families were told if ransom money was not paid their family members would be taken to a more violent place. One victim claimed to have seen one coyote with a handgun; however the handgun was not located at the residence.

• Jose Angel Lopez-Gutierrez, 26, of Mexico
• Ariel Rodriguez-Duarte, 24 of Mexico
The suspects were booked into the Maricopa County 4th Ave Jail on charges of kidnapping, extortion, armed robbery, human smuggling and misconduct involving weapons. The undocumented immigrant victims were turned over to ICE custody.

IIMPACT (Illegal Immigration Prevention & Apprehension Co-op Team) is a multi-agency project managed by GIITEM of the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) that is designed to address rising crime associated with illegal immigration. IIMPACT is comprised of personnel from the Phoenix Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Arizona Fraudulent Identification Task Force (AFIT). As the name implies, local, state and federal police agencies combine forces to impact international human smuggling organizations operating in Arizona.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Kidnapping/aggravated assault incident SUSPECT: AVITIA, JUAN JOSE

SUSPECT: AVITIA, JUAN JOSE All: The following is an update from investigators to the original release with a request to report an attempt to locate from 1916 E. Illini. Victim 1: 5 year old girl Victim 2: 20 year old woman, mother of the 5 year old Suspect: Avitia, Juan Jose; male; 37 years old; father of 5 year old; in custody for two felony warrants (one is for a sexual offense and the other for forgery) as well as 2 counts each of kidnapping, aggravated assault, burglary, and reckless endangerment for the incident this morning with the two victims. Vehicle: 1998 Cadillac DeVille; four door; AZ AGD8547 (recovered) Phoenix Police responded to two radio calls at 1916 E. Illini just before 5AM today. Neighbors heard windows breaking, screaming, and shots fired. A witness at the home on Illini told responding officers that he had a confrontation with the suspect at 2AM at the Illini address. At that time, the suspect, who does not live there, took his 5 year old daughter and left. No one called police at that time. The suspect returned just before 5AM and that is when windows were broken and shots were fired. It appears the suspect, who already had the child, kidnapped the mother, who was living in the Illini address with the child, and left the scene. Patrol officers searched city wide for the suspect and victims and vehicle as information was given to you all to put out to the public. At 9:49AM a local hospital called to report the mother and child were being treated at the hospital with injuries. Police officers continued to look for the suspect. Information led them to a residence in the 3200 block of South 73rd Drive. The suspect was found by officers and taken into custody without incident. The vehicle was recovered at that location as well.

Flagstaff Missing Person

On 8/14/09 Klaus Lauterbach was reported missing to the Flagstaff Police Department via e-mail by his father Hans-Juergen Lauterbach. Hans last had contact with Klaus on 8/8/09 by text messaging. His father stated Klaus received money from an ATM at the Greyhound Bus Station in Flagstaff on 8/9/09 at 8:29am. Klaus is reportedly traveling with a group on Greyhound Bus and was to visit the Grand Canyon when he went missing on the 9th. Klaus is described as a 20 year old male with brown hair, blue eyes, and thin build and is an Austrian citizen.

If anyone has seen or spoken to Klaus or knows his whereabouts, please call your local police agency. Flagstaff Police Department can be reached at 928-774-1414

Casa Grande Police Looking for Bank Robbery Suspect

bank robbery suspect white male, 40-50 years old 260 lbs tan baseball hat, sunglasses, dark long sleeve shirt see pic On 8-13-09 at around 1256 hours, officers responded to First American Credit Union in regards to a robbery alarm. Several minutes later the bank notified the police department that they were in fact robbed. The suspect handed the teller a handwritten note claiming to have a bomb and took the note back when he left with an unknown amount of money. The suspect was described as a white male, 40-50 years old, 260 lbs, tan baseball hat, sunglasses, dark long sleeve shirt, faded blue jeans gray stubble on face, carrying a small black bag. Silent Witness is offering an award of up to $2000.00 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case. Anyone with information about this crime can call Silent Witness at 836-2100 or the Casa Grande Police Department at 421-8700. For full details, go to http://local.nixle.com/alert/195726/

Arizona Department of Public Safety Seizes 1,234 pounds of Marijuana from Interstate 19 Traffic Stops

On Monday, August 10, 2009, officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, Canine Unit, Detectives from the Gang & Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM), and Detectives from the Santa Cruz County Metro Task Force participated in the on going, federally funded interdiction detail in Santa Cruz County. The purpose of this operation is the interception and suppression of criminal activity along the United States/Mexico border and surrounding areas. 49 traffic stops were conducted over the 8 hour detail. Vehicles were stopped for various traffic violations consisting of unsafe lane usage, following too close, unlawful speed, etc. Of those 49 traffic stops, 5 resulted in significant marijuana seizures. All 5 vehicles were searched after officers made contact with the occupants and identified indicators consistent with individuals involved in criminal activity. Ultimately, the vehicles were searched for contraband and the marijuana was discovered. 1. 2007 Nissan Station wagon containing 459 pounds of marijuana 2. 2005 Mercury four door sedan containing 371 pounds of marijuana 3. 1997 Oldsmobile four door sedan containing 316 pounds of marijuana 4. 2000 Buick sedan containing 29 pounds of marijuana 5. 2003 Chrysler four door sedan containing 57 pounds of marijuana A total of 1,232 pounds of marijuana was seized with an estimated street value of $675,000. Detectives from the Santa Cruz Metro Task Force are conducting follow-up investigations as a result of the arrests and seizures. The intent of these types of interdiction details is to enhance law enforcement preparedness and operational readiness along the Mexico / United States border.