Armed fugitive terrorizes family

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- An armed and dangerous fugitive sought for the attempted homicide of a police officer is responsible for two more home invasions over the weekend, according to Phoenix police.

Angel Padilla allegedly hopped a fence and kicked in the back door of a home near 39th Avenue and Thomas Road on Saturday. Dolce Acosta received a frantic phone call from her boyfriend after he apparently came face to face with Padilla.

"He took out the gun and put it on him and said give me the keys to the truck," Acosta said. "He was so scared. He was like, 'I thought he was going to shoot me, I thought he was going to kill me.'"

According to Phoenix police, Padilla then broke into another home Saturday near the 3000 block of 46th Avenue.

On Oct. 13, Padilla allegedly assaulted and kidnapped his ex-wife. Later that day he was pulled over for a traffic violation, and police said Padilla fired more than 37 rounds with an assault rifle at the officer's car.

The officer was not hit and Padilla let his ex-wife go, but he was able to escape.

Days before that, Phoenix police began an investigation related to two other home invasions.

"In one of those home invasions he severely beat the victim to the point that that particular victim was in critical condition," said Sgt. Steve Martos, a Phoenix police spokesman.

Padilla has also been identified as a suspect in an August 2011 home invasion that is under an investigation by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Padilla was released from prison in May 2011 after serving more than a decade in prison for second-degree murder.

Police said he may be receiving assistance from friends or family, which is a felony.

Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $5,000 leading to Padilla's arrest. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and has several tattoos.

Police say anyone who comes across Padilla should use caution and call 911, as he is considered armed and dangerous.