Police arrest man in north Phoenix string of armed robberies

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The car involved in the robberies being towed away (SOURCE: 3TV/CBS 5) The car involved in the robberies being towed away (SOURCE: 3TV/CBS 5)
Mug shot for Michael R Samson. (12 May 2017) [Source: Maricopa County Sheriff Office] Mug shot for Michael R Samson. (12 May 2017) [Source: Maricopa County Sheriff Office]
Suspects attempted to rob a Circle K at Thunderbird Road and Tatum Blvd.  (SOURCE: 3TV/ CBS 5) Suspects attempted to rob a Circle K at Thunderbird Road and Tatum Blvd. (SOURCE: 3TV/ CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Police arrested man in connection with a series of armed robberies in north Phoenix Friday morning.

Phoenix police spokeswoman Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said 20-year-old Michael Samson was taken into custody after he attempted to rob a Circle K at Thunderbird Road and Tatum Boulevard shortly after 12:30 a.m.

Fortune said that robbery was the fifth in a series of crimes that started just after 9 p.m. Thursday.

The first burglary was reported at 48th Street and Bell Road.

"The clerk of the convenience store informed officers that a male entered the store armed with a handgun and demanded money," she said in an email to media outlets. "The suspect after obtaining the money, ran out of the store and fled in a white small compact vehicle."

About an hour later, there was another robbery at a convenience store at 40th Street and Union Hills Drive.

"The description of the suspect and vehicle matched the first incident," Fortune said. "Subsequently, three other robberies were committed by the same suspect within a 2 hour [sic] window." 

  • 12040 N. 32nd Street (11:15 p.m.)
  • 2700 W. Deer Valley Road (11:45 p.m.)
  • 13800 N. Tatum Blvd. (12:40 a.m.)

Officers had been looking for a white Dodge Stratus, which they located in the parking lot of yet another convenience store at just west of 24th Drive and Thunderbird Road.

"A traffic stop was conducted and the suspect was arrested," according to Fortune. "Detectives had gathered enough evidence from all the other locations and developed probable cause to arrest the 20 year old [sic] for the armed robberies."  

Investigators reportedly found the gun used in all of the incidents inside the Stratus.

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