Suspect arrested in armed robberies & kidnappings

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police have arrested a man wanted in a string of armed robberies and kidnappings.

26-year-old Luis Miguel Valenzuela is in custody, accused of using social media to meet potential victims, then going to their homes and robbing them. He faces multiple charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and endangerment.

The alleged incidents happened during June and July of this year. Police say Valenzuela posted his picture and profile on social media websites and phone apps in sections catering to "men seeking other men for sexual activity." The suspect then reportedly began meeting men at their Valley homes.

Police believe Valenzuela engaged in sex acts with the victims. After engaging in these acts, the suspect would then reportedly rob the victim (and others present) at gunpoint. During the robberies, police say the suspect would allow between two to five additional suspects into the home who would assist in taking items of value.

In some of the robberies, the victims were tied up, prior to the suspects fleeing from the scene.

Police say they have four confirmed victims, but believe there could be upwards of 30 to 40 additional victims of this suspect and his accomplices. It is believed these victims have yet to come forward to report these crimes to police.

The Phoenix Police Department is asking anyone who may know this suspect and believes they were a victim of this suspect, to contact the Robbery Unit at 602-256-4362.