Suspect shot following carjacking, assault in Phoenix


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Natalie Brand

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 16 at 12:59 PM

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police found a man with multiple gunshot wounds inside an SUV Monday night and said he is tied to a carjacking and assault earlier in the evening.

Sgt. Steve Martos said the man approached three people as they were parked in a Ford Explorer at the Ranch Market at 59th Avenue and Thomas Road at about 8 p.m. Monday. He forced them out of the Explorer at gunpoint and took their vehicle.

That suspect, along with two others, went to a home near 54th Avenue and Wilshire Drive. A female suspect knocked on the door and lured a man out of his house then the two male suspects physically assaulted him, according to Martos.

The assault victim took a weapon from one of the suspects and fired at them as they fled from the home. One of the suspects was shot.

Minutes later, patrol officers responding to the Burger King at 51st Avenue and McDowell Road regarding a call of a shooting found the alleged carjacker in the passenger seat of the stolen SUV with a handgun at his feet.

Martos said the suspect had been shot multiple times. He was taken to an area hospital and is currently in serious condition.

The other two suspects fled from the scene and have not been located. One is described as a 24-year-old Hispanic man and the other is a Hispanic female, 20 to 25 years old.

The assault victim was not seriously injured and the three victims of the initial carjacking were not injured.