Alleged murder accomplice located after cutting off ankle monitor


An alleged accomplice in the January 2012 killings of a Paradise Valley couple was located Friday night after apparently cutting off his ankle monitor about a month ago.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officers arrested 31-year-old Barry Michael Hassell II shortly after 9 p.m. in Phoenix.

A DPS officer tried to stop a black Volkswagen Jetta traveling north on Interstate 17 after a registration check showed that the license plate had been reported stolen.

The driver reportedly sped up and exited at Greenway Road, and then left the car in a residential area near 23rd Avenue and Paradise Lane. Officers began searching the area.

A man later identified as Hassell reportedly lunged from some bushes and tried to tackle one of the officers several times. The rookie officer fended off the alleged assault, and Hassell ran away.

When officers caught up to him, he allegedly refused to comply with commands and hid his hands from officers.

"He had put his hands in his waistband, trying to simulate as though he had a gun," said DPS Col. Frank Milstead. "The officer gave him a number of commands to take his hands out of his waistband. ... The subject refused to do so."

The officer deployed his Taser and took Hassell into custody.

According to DPS, a loaded gun was found inside a backpack in the bushes where Hassell had been hiding.

He was taken to John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital, where he was treated for a respiratory issue and released.

In addition to the warrant, he was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on charges of aggravated assault, felony flight and auto theft.

Hassell is accused of driving Michael Crane to a Paradise Valley neighborhood and conspiring with him to burglarize homes in the area. Crane is charged with actually committing the murders of 79-year-old Lawrence Shapiro and 78-year-old Glenna Shapiro.

Hassell was booked into jail in September 2013 on homicide, burglary and conspiracy charges. His bond was set at $1 million but later reduced to $25,000. He paid the bond and was released with orders to wear an ankle monitor.

In early February, acting on reports from the monitor, police executed a warrant for entry into Hassell's home and found the monitor.

A judge issued a warrant for Hassell's arrest with a $1 million bond after he failed to appear for a scheduled court hearing.