PHOENIX -- One suspect is in the hospital and a second is behind bars after allegedly stealing an SUV, pointing a gun at a mother and her young child and then taking aim at a Phoenix police lieutenant.
It started at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Motel 6 on Black Canyon Highway north of Thunderbird Road.
According to Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson, Kapryce Marie Wickware (above) approached a man who was staying at the hotel and asked him for a cigarette lighter. While they were chatting, a 31-year-old Native American man pushed the victim into his room and to the ground and then robbed him.
Abdul Basir had just moved back to the U.S. from Afghanistan. He was visiting Phoenix from his home in San Diego. He was on his way to his hotel room
"Two kids came and asked for a lighter," he said. "I said, 'Of course,' and I light the cigarette. I opened the door, then one of them just pushed me inside. The other guy tried to close the door and asked for the money. I punched one of them and then ran out. He took my key and took my car."
The man and Wickware left the scene in the victim's 2000 Mercedes SUV.
About 40 minutes later, the couple pulled into a gas station at 35th and Peoria avenues. Thompson said the man jumped out of the passenger side of the SUV and confronted a woman who was getting gas. That woman had her 4-year-old son in her car.
According to Thompson, the man pointed his gun at the woman and demanded cash. The woman told him she only had a credit card and asked him to not point his gun at her. Thompson said that's when the suspect turned the gun on her little son. She handed over the credit card and the couple left her and her son unharmed.
"You can only imagine the terror of this woman," Thompson said. "This is a terrifying experience."
A short time after that, a 22-veteran of the Phoenix Police Department spotted the Mercedes SUV with its California plates as it turned east from 35th Avenue to Glendale Avenue. Wickware apparently lost control of the SUV because the vehicle jumped the curb and hit a retaining wall. Both she and her partner jumped out and tried to run.
The two-man team of officers coming upon that scene was able to arrest Wickware, but the man, still armed, kept running. The lieutenant who originally spotted the stolen SUV tried to cut him off.
Thompson said the man pointed his gun back at the lieutenant while trying to jump over a wall to get away. The lieutenant fired at the suspect, hitting him several times, reportedly in the legs.
That man was taken to a local hospital. His condition was not immediately available, but Thompson said his injuries were not life-threatening. Police said the suspect was wanted on a felony warrant for a parole violation. He had been convicted for assault with a weapon.
Investigators have not released his name. Police have identifed the woman who was driving the SUV as Wickware. Teh 20-year-old was booked on robbery and assault charges.
Three children between the ages of 1 and 4 belonging to the suspects have been taken into custody by Child Protective Services. Police say the suspects left the kids alone in a hotel room while they went out on their crime spree.
No officers were injured and neither the owner of the stolen SUV nor the woman and child at the gas station were hurt.