Kidnapping, shooting suspect identified but still on the loose


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 13 at 6:14 PM

Map: 67th Ave. & Buckeye
59th Ave. & Van Buren
43rd Ave. & Encanto

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PHOENIX -- Police are searching for a Phoenix man who kidnapped the mother of his child and then fired a rifle at a police officer while trying to make a run for it early Saturday morning.

It all started at about 3 a.m. at a home just southeast of 67th Avenue and Buckeye Road where the victim lives with her three children.

According to Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department, Angel Padilla, the father of one of those kids, went to the home and assaulted the woman. He then allegedly forced the 32-year-old outside, dragged her into his vehicle and drove away, leaving all three children behind. One of the kids called 911.

As Padilla was driving away, a patrol officer who happened to be in the area saw him commit a traffic violation. That officer, who had not yet been informed of the 911 call or the developing situation, tried to stop Padilla. When Padilla refused to stop, the officer followed him northbound on 59th Avenue to Van Buren Street.

Padilla allegedly hit the brakes in the middle of the street, got out of the car and fired an SKS rifle at the officer, according to Martos. The officer, a five-year veteran of the force, was not able to return fire and Padilla took off once again.

About an hour later, police received a second 911 call, this one from the victim. She told police Padilla had dropped her off in the neighborhood of 43rd Avenue and Encanto Boulevard.

Officers converged on the area and set up a large search perimeter.

While they found Padilla's vehicle and the SKS rifle, which had been tossed into the bed of a pickup truck parked nearby, they were not able to locate Padilla himself. With no sign of Padilla and no immediate leads, officers called off their neighborhood search at about 9 a.m., six hours after the first 911 call.

The woman was taken to a local hospital and is expected to recover. The officer who was on the receiving end of Padilla rifle fire suffered a minor injury and was treated on the scene.

While Padilla and the victim have a child together, no information about their relationship or any history of violence was immediately available. Police have not said anything about what might have been behind Saturday morning's assault and subsequent kidnapping.

Padilla is a 35-year-old Hispanic male. He has multiple tattoos and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. Police have not released any other information about him. Even though Padilla ditched the rifle he used to fire at the patrol officer, investigators are taking no chances and are operating under the assumption that he is armed.

The Phoenix Police Department is asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of Padilla to call the Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141.