Suspect in kidnapping, officer-involved shooting linked to multiple home invasions

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Angel Padilla By Catherine Holland Angel Padilla By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A man sought for attempted homicide of a police officer and kidnapping has been identified as a suspect in several other violent crimes.

Phoenix police said Angel Padilla, 35, assaulted his estranged wife in her home near 67th Avenue and Buckeye Road then kidnapped her on Oct. 13. An officer later pulled him over for a traffic violation. Padilla shot at the officer with an assault rifle, striking the patrol vehicle multiple times, but missing the officer.

On Monday, police said Padilla was identified as a suspect in an Aug. 1, 2011, home invasion, which is under investigation by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Days before the Oct. 13 incident, Phoenix police began an investigation related to two home invasions. In one of the crimes, the victim was severely injured and was in critical condition at an area hospital. Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Martos said Padilla is an investigative lead in both home invasions.

Padilla also has been identified as the suspect in two home invasions that happened on Saturday. The first occurred in the area of 39th Avenue and Thomas Road at approximately 8:45 p.m. The second occurred about 15 minutes later in the neighborhood of 46th Avenue and Thomas Road. In both of these incidents Padilla was said to be armed.

Padilla spent more than 10 years in prison on charges of second-degree murder.

Police believe Padilla may be receiving assistance from others, which is a felony.

Anyone who comes across this suspect is urged to use caution as he is considered armed and dangerous and has a propensity for violence. 

Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the location and arrest of Padilla.

Anyone with information as to Padilla's whereabouts is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department's Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS to remain anonymous.