Victim says stolen Corvette driver tried robbing people of their phones to call his family

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The suspect Todd Munson was reportedly trying to call his family during his crime spree on Wednesday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The suspect Todd Munson was reportedly trying to call his family during his crime spree on Wednesday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
After stealing that yellow Corvette, Munson stopped at a liquor store at 64th Avenue and Bell Road. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) After stealing that yellow Corvette, Munson stopped at a liquor store at 64th Avenue and Bell Road. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Munson ended up dying after a crash. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Munson ended up dying after a crash. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Car chase suspect Todd Munson left a trail of clues during his wild ride Wednesday.

There was a total of eight crime scenes. The first was a homicide, then two carjackings, followed by multiple attempted armed robberies. Each time Munson was looking for the same thing.

[READ MORE: Crime spree victims recount brush with death]

[SLIDESHOWS: Mugshots of Todd Munson going back to 2009]

After stealing that yellow Corvette, Munson stopped at a liquor store at 64th Avenue and Bell Road.

"Car pulls up, kind of far away. We hear someone hooting and hollering, and I see him so I look over and I say, 'Hey, what's up buddy?’" recalls employee Richie Mukai.

Mukai says he was not demanding money, rather, asking to use their phone.

"And then he pulled the gun and started waving it," said Mukai.

Mukai says he saw a man in a panic, seeming to know he was within the final moments of his life.

“He said he wanted to call his family before he dies," Mukai said. 

Munson took off before Mukai could react.

"It happened so fast, you know," he said.  

Munson's next stop was Tatum Boulevard and Union Hills Drive, where he unsuccessfully tried to take two men's phones.

[READ MORE: Suspect killed after yellow Corvette chase linked to 8 different crimes]

Then he tried a neighborhood, and successfully stole a woman's cell phone.

He tried one last time to get a phone from another driver, possibly still trying to call home.

“He didn't see an end to it," said Mukai.  

Moments later, police caught up with him. Shots were fired, and Munson was killed.

[RELATED STORY: High-speed pursuit of stolen yellow Corvette ends in crash; suspect killed]

"I feel bad for him. I feel bad for his family. I feel bad for a young person to pass away," said Mukai.

Mukai says he had seen Munson a couple times before as a customer and says his parents also stop in regularly. 

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