Suspects accused of tying up jewelry store owner identified

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by John Warren

azfamily.com

Posted on January 4, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 7 at 2:43 PM

PHOENIX - Phoenix police are investigating a jewelry store robbery at 36th Street and Indian School Road. 

The robbery happened around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday while the owner, a man in his late 50s or early 60s, was alone at the time.

The suspects, identified as 56-year-old Mark Edward Blcksom and 42-year-old Mathew Murphy, allegedly approached the owner armed with a gun before they tied him up.

They were unsuccessful at getting into the safe so they allegedly stole jewelry and fled.

The suspects were apprehended in the area of 40th Street and Camelback Road after police pulled over the female getaway driver, identified as 42-year-old Deborah Jean Fosnaught.

Three officers were injured in the struggle with the suspects.

"The first officer ... was bit by one of the suspects and he also injured both of his knees," said Sgt. Steve Martos with the Phoenix Police Department. "Another officer also injured one of his knees and the third officer injured his hand during the arrest."

Blocksom faces charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary, resisting arrest, prohibited possessor and armed robbery. Murphy faces armed robbery, kidnapping, burglary, aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

Fosnaught has been charged with armed robbery.

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