Carjacking in Peoria leads to police pursuit


by Mike Gertzman

Video report by Steve Ryan

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 7:05 PM

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Police arrested a young man who allegedly stole a car from an 89-year-old woman in a grocery store parking lot Tuesday afternoon.

There was a short police pursuit of the suspect who was driving the stolen vehicle following the carjacking.

Police were called to the Fry's Food Store at 91st Avenue and Union Hills Drive just after 12 p.m. after a woman was pulled from her car and pushed to the ground by the suspect.

"The suspect got in her vehicle, hit another vehicle on his way out before he headed eastbound on Union Hills," said Peoria Police Department spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto in a statement released on YouTube.

A short time later, officers were able to spot the car near Grovers and 43rd avenues in Phoenix. They then followed that car to a business near 35th Avenue and Bell Road.

"At that time that suspect got out of the car and fled to a nearby apartment complex where officers were finally able to take him into custody," said Jacinto.

The victim has minor injuries and she is helping police with the investigation. 

The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Marshall Dixon of Peoria. He is currently facing charges of robbery and aggravated assault.

From the back of a police car, Dixon admitted to the carjacking. He said he did it because he's in a bad position.

"Things aren't going right," said Dixon. "Lost my job, lost everything."