Armed robbery suspect shoots, kills self; 2nd suspect arrested


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 6:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 28 at 10:39 AM

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PHOENIX -- One man is dead and a second is in police custody after allegedly going on an armed robbery spree that took them through two cities.

The situation came to an end in front of the Holiday Inn at 51st Avenue and McDowell Road.

According to police, the first in the series of robberies happened in Glendale. The suspects then made their way into Phoenix.

The pair allegedly approached people on the street, flashed a gun and then robbed them.

Witnesses were able to give police a description of the suspects' truck. Phoenix police spotted that truck and tailed it to the hotel. Investigators do not believe the suspects were staying there.

Things came to a head once the truck stopped in front of the Holiday Inn.

The passenger got out of the truck and surrendered to officers. The driver got out of the truck, as well. Rather than surrender, however, he shot and killed himself.

Investigators said they will release that suspect's name after they contact his next of kin.

None of the robbery victims was injured.