Police nab 2 armed robbery suspects after chase, crash into Phoenix house


by Catherine Holland


Posted on August 2, 2010 at 6:24 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 2 at 5:42 PM

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PHOENIX -- Two people are in custody after an attempted armed robbery in Scottsdale and car wreck in front of a Phoenix home.

It happened at about 6 a.m.

According to Scottsdale police, a man leaving a casino hitched a ride with a couple in a silver Honda Accord. The victim, whose name has not been released, said the woman pulled a gun and demanded his wallet. The victim was able to get out of the car and call 911.

Officers spotted the suspects' vehicle, which had stolen license plates on it, heading west on Loop 101, and followed it to 56th Street. Officers lost the vehicle in the area of Deer Valley Road and 40th Street.

The Honda Accord later crashed into a car and home in the Boulder Creek subdivision in the area of Deer Valley and Cave Creek roads.

"I came out and sure enough, there's a car wedged up against my car and our house," said Steve Forte.

After the wreck, the two suspects -- a man and a woman -- ditched the car and ran into the neighborhood, heading opposite directions.

Police set up a perimeter and, with the help of several witnesses, eventually caught both suspects.

The man was found hiding in the backyard of a home across the street from where the car crashed. The homeowner called 911 to report it.

"I looked out the screen door and I saw something that didn't look right," said Terry Donaghe. "The more I looked at it, I saw some shoes, and I saw what looked like the guy's knees moving. He was squatting up against the wall behind a couple of trees in my backyard."

With guns drawn, officers went through Donaghe's home to get to the suspect in the backyard. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The female suspect was spotted by the police helicopter in Forte's backyard. She reportedly was trying to go over a wall when police caught her. She was also taken into custody without any further issues.

Police said they found the gun used in the alleged attempted armed robbery inside the Honda.

The suspects are facing a variety of charges, including attempted armed robbery, fleeing from police and destruction of property.

No injuries were reported.