Suspect sketch, vehicle photos released in good Samaritan shooting


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Frank Camacho

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 24 at 8:02 AM

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police released a suspect sketch and photos of what may be the suspect vehicle as they investigate the shooting of a good Samaritan.

Police said a bicyclist was shot trying to intervene in an apparent fight between a man and a woman shortly before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of 48th Street and Virginia Avenue.

According to police, the man was riding his bike with another person when they came upon a woman struggling with a man on the sidewalk.

"The black male was on top of the female and was pulling her toward the bushes," said Lt. David Laslavic of the Phoenix Police Department's Central City Precinct.

According to Officer James Holmes, the 21-year-old woman was walking in the area when a man approached her and tried to rob her at gunpoint. She refused to give him money or her cellphone. That's when they got into a struggle.

The man on the bike saw the pair, jumped off his bike and tried to help the woman. That's when the suspect fired his gun then fled.

The woman took a bullet in the leg. Her rescuer was shot in the lower part of his head.

The wounded man was able to walk to a nearby fire department. From there, he was taken to a local hospital. He remains in the hospital in serious condition. Police said he is unable to speak to them as he is in a coma.

The woman was taken to a different hospital and has since been released.

Police said the suspect is described as a black male in his early 20s, 5 feet 5 to 5 feet 6 inches tall and 120 to 140 pounds. He was wearing a "hoodie" and armed with a handgun.

Police released a composite drawing of the suspect and two pictures of a car believed to have picked up the shooter. The vehicle is a red or purple early '90s Honda Civic with unknown white writing on the rear window.

Phoenix police are asking anyone who may have been in the area and/or may have information regarding this incident to please call “Crime Stop” at 602-262-6151, the Phoenix Police Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.