Surprise woman assaulted during carjackingPosted: Updated:
SURPRISE, Ariz. – Police officers are investigating after a Surprise woman was assaulted during a carjacking Monday morning.
The 32-year-old victim told police that she was in a parking lot in the 14200 block of West Grand Avenue to drop off her friend, who was meeting some acquaintances, at approximately 10:30 a.m.
The acquaintances were waiting in a dark-colored Nissan Altima or Maxima when the women arrived, according to Sgt. Mark Ortega with the Surprise Police Department.
The victim said that once her friend got out of the car and began loading her belongings into the Nissan, a white male known to her as "Mike" exited the Nissan and sat in the passenger seat of her car.
Ortega said the suspect pulled the keys out of the ignition and put a gun to the woman's head. When the victim screamed for her friend, the suspect hit her with the handgun.
A Hispanic male then approached the driver's side door and attempted to tie the victim's hands with plastic zip-ties and told her to get in the back seat.
Once in the back seat, the victim was able to unlock the back door and run from the vehicle.
The two male suspects fled in the victim's car and her female friend drove off in the Nissan.
The victim's abandoned vehicle was located shortly after the incident in the 13900 block of Northwest Grand Avenue.
Investigators later learned that the victim's husband, Michael Burton, was identified as the suspect in a homicide that occurred in Scottsdale on Tuesday. Investigators confirmed that the victim of the homicide, Michael Gordin, was one of the suspects from the incident in Surprise.
Scottsdale police indicated that Burton went to Gordin's home to confront him in retaliation for the incident involving his wife.
Through the investigation, police learned that the involved parties knew each other prior to these incidents and suspect illegal drug activity may be involved. The investigations are both ongoing.