Shoplifting suspect arrested; reportedly took child on high-speed chase

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by Steve Ryan

azfamily.com

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 2 at 11:47 AM

PHOENIX  -- A shoplifting suspect is behind bars, accused of a dangerous, high-speed crime spree and police say his young daughter was along for the ride.

Jesus Olivares, 23, was reportedly spotted shoplifting at a Walmart and handing items to his girlfriend, Michelle Castillo. According to court documents, when police tried to detain the pair, Olivares and his girlfriend took off in a car with their 5-year-old daughter inside.

Olivares reportedly fled from police, going up to 100 miles an hour with the unrestrained child in the car.

"Which is endangering the baby," said Castillo's mother, Lisa Castillo. "My daughter didn't have any control ... because she wasn't driving. She was the passenger. She told him to stop and he didn't listen."

Olivares eventually did stop the car and fled on foot, reportedly hiding in a trash can, where a police dog pounced on him and pulled him out.

According to police, Olivares continued to resist arrest and fought with the dog. He was finally taken into custody and was transported to the hospital to be treated for dog bites.

Investigators now say blood evidence from Olivares may link him to a burglary at another house across town in 2009.

Olivares is facing several felony charges, including child abuse and aggravated assault for fighting with a police officer.

Castillo has been released from jail, the charges in her case amended.

 

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