PD: Would-be burglar caught after running over officer's foot, chase

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Bruce Haffner

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 11:37 AM

Map: 42nd Ave. & Northern
35th Avenue. & Peoria

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PHOENIX -- Police have arrested a man they say tried to break into a house early Monday morning and then ran over a police officer's foot while trying to get away.

It happened in the neighborhood of 42nd and Northern avenues.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said the homeowner heard a suspicious noise, a door rattling, at about 4:30 a.m. and called police. Responding officers immediately set up a perimeter and launched a search.

The suspect ducked into a second home through an unlocked back door and pulled a knife on that homeowner. The suspect reportedly demanded the man's car keys, but saw the police presence outside and realized he wasn't going to get away easily.

"He ordered the homeowner to go outside with him to tell officers that they were leaving together to go to work," Crump said. "When the homeowner refused to do so, he was taken out at knife point by the suspect to the vehicle that was in the driveway.

"The victim didn't want to get in that vehicle for obvious reasons and saw a nearby officer and began to signal the officer." Crump continued.

The homeowner was able to grab the officer's attention and pointed out the suspect, who had by then gotten behind the wheel of the car.

While the officer was struggling with the suspect in the car, the suspect threw the vehicle into reverse and backed over an officer's foot. He suspect fled the scene, but the police air unit quickly caught up with him.

A pursuit through northwest Phoenix ended in the parking lot of a church at 35th and Peoria avenues where the suspect surrendered to police and was taken into custody without further incident.

At this point, police have not released any information about the suspect, but they believe he was trying to get gas money for a stalled vehicle officers found not too far from where the suspect allegedly tried to break into the first home.

"It looks like this just completely spun out of control on him," Crump said. "Certainly a lot of bad choices made …."

Those choices led to a variety of criminal charges.

"That individual is looking at charges from armed robbery to kidnapping, aggravated assault on a Phoenix police officer and a host of other charges related to the pursuit and stolen vehicle," Crump said.

The investigation is ongoing. Detectives hoped to learn more about the suspect and everything that happened Monday morning later in the day.

The officer whose foot was run over is expected to make a full recovery.

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