Armed suspect surrenders after high-speed chase, barricade situation


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 21 at 1:12 PM

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PHOENIX – Police say an armed man who led them on a high-speed chase and then barricaded himself inside his condo early Friday morning has surrendered.

It's happened at the Canyon Gate complex on 16th Street just south of Northern Avenue. Video from the scene showed SWAT officers walking inside the gate and several Phoenix Police Department patrol units.

Police said the suspect, clad only in his underwear, walked out and gave himself up to officers shortly before 8:30 a.m.

According to investigators, the situation started when the suspect was getting food at the Julioberto’s near Seventh Street and Glendale Avenue at about 2:30 a.m.

Police believe the suspect got into an argument with employees after apparently noticing that he had lost his cell phone while going through the drive-thru.

Believing the employees had taken it, he threatened them with a gun and demanded that they give it back.

"We did, in fact, locate that phone in the driveway [of the restaurant]," Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said. "It appears it may have just fallen out of his car."

After the suspect fled the scene, officers spotted him on Glendale Avenue. That’s when the high-speed chase started.

Police said he abandoned the car after hitting a tree outside the complex. He then ran into his home. He eventually walked outside and surrendered peacefully.

Investigators believe the man might have been asleep while they were staged around his unit.

Based on what the Julioberto’s employees told them, investigators believe the suspect might have impaired by either drugs or alcohol.

Police have not released any information about the man.