Tempe police ID suspect who jumped from freeway bridge


by Jennifer Thomas

Video reported by Natalie Brand

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 4:21 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police have released the name of the man who jumped off a freeway bridge following a high-speed chase.

The suspect has been identified as Edmund Powers, 44.

According to Tempe police Sgt. Michael Pooley, Powers carjacked a woman's vehicle at Tempe Marketplace near Loop 202 and McClintock Drive on Dec. 12.

Police said Powers claimed he was a security guard and ordered the woman to get out of her car. When the woman questioned him, Powers reportedly flashed a pink stun gun at her then fled in her vehicle.

He then allegedly used her debit card to fill the vehicle with gas.

Powers then robbed an adult bookstore in east Mesa, according to police. He's accused of attacking the clerk with the stun gun and leaving with the cash register, which contained about $150.

The clerk called 911.

Powers then led Department of Public Safety officers on a pursuit along Loop 202. After officers used "stop sticks," he fled the vehicle and jumped off the freeway bridge near Price Road, landing in the river bed.

Powers is still in the hospital with severe injuries.

He served time in the Arizona Department of Corrections from December 2009 to January 2013 for theft of means of transportation, aggravated assault, criminal damage and misconduct involving weapons charges.