Police: Mesa man leaves baby daughter; hides in Petco ceiling

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by Jaime Cerreta

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azfamily.com

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 20 at 3:34 PM

MESA, Ariz. -- A Mesa man is accused of leaving his baby daughter to fend for herself, while he tried to get away from a motorcycle gang allegedly chasing him.

Mesa police say 34-year-old Jay Bishop left the 11-month-old girl in a running car outside a Petco store on University and Gilbert on Sunday.

Police say he then ran inside the Petco. Customers were in the store at the time. Police say Bishop locked himself in a storage room, shimmied into a crawl space and proceeded to make quite a racket in the ceiling.

When officers arrived, they were able to pull Bishop's right foot, and he came crashing through the ceiling to the floor near the cash registers.

According to police, Bishop says he knew the baby was defenseless, but says he took a chance that the gang chasing him wouldn't hurt a child.

Bishop was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, criminal damage and endangerment.

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