Police chase armed robbery suspects through Phoenix; woman carjacked

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Suspects: Dosmieke Sinclair (L) Scotty Hernandez (M) and Alexis Barragan (R) (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Suspects: Dosmieke Sinclair (L) Scotty Hernandez (M) and Alexis Barragan (R) (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Driver Scotty Hernandez (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Driver Scotty Hernandez (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Dosmieke Sinclair (R) (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Dosmieke Sinclair (R) (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Alexis Barragan (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Alexis Barragan (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A dramatic police chase came to an end Tuesday afternoon after a nearly two-hour pursuit and a carjacking.

Our news chopper was overhead as police began tracking the blue Audi early in the afternoon, near 24th Street and Indian School.

Officers had been searching for the sedan for several weeks after it had been taken in an armed robbery and was then used in conjunction with a commercial burglary. 

When officers located the Audi early Tuesday afternoon, the driver and occupants took off.

[RAW VIDEO: Police pursue armed robbery suspect [Part 1]]

[RAW VIDEO: Police pursue armed robbery suspect [Part 2]]

The driver led police along Phoenix freeways, across side streets and through residential neighborhoods.

Phoenix Police Firebird helicopter tracked his movements from the sky.

An hour later, the drama was still unfolding in the far west Valley, near Buckeye and Dysart roads.

One person bailed out of the car as the vehicle slowed in one Avondale neighborhood. Police say that individual briefly barricaded himself inside a nearby apartment, but police were able to take him into custody without incident. 

The driver of the Audi continued, speeding up and slowing down, making dozens of U-turns, and ran at least a couple of red lights. There were also several near-misses with pedestrians.

[RAW VIDEO: Chase suspect has near-miss with pedestrian]

Then, at 107th Avenue and Van Buren, while stopped at a red light, the driver carjacked a woman and sped off in her white truck. The woman jumped out of the vehicle and ran to the side of the road, obviously distraught.

[RELATED STORY: Carjacking victim talks about terrifying ordeal]

"He just came up and broke my window and told me to get out and took my truck," she said.

[RAW VIDEO: Chase suspect carjacks woman; takes off in her white pickup truck]

[RAW INTERVIEW: Carjacking victim speaks out about ordeal]

Police say there were two more suspects still in that blue Audi when they arrived. They were also arrested.

But the chase continued, as the driver wove his way through Phoenix neighborhoods in that stolen white truck. 

[RAW VIDEO: Suspect continues to evade police in stolen white truck]

[RAW VIDEO: Stolen white truck speeds along Valley freeways]

Around 3:45 p.m., the chase finally came to an end as the suspect bailed out of the truck and ran into an apartment complex near 17th Avenue and Peoria.

Police say the suspect's parents live in the apartment there. Police arrived within seconds and arrested the driver. 

[RAW VIDEO: Chase comes to an end]

Police say the man's parents had no idea their son was involved in a chase until he showed up at their home.

Neighbors were equally shocked.

"So I'm watching it on the news and then I see the street, so I'm like 'Ok.' i came outside and I'm like 'Oh my god.' And he just flew right past me," said Neighbor Marshee Bailey, who watched the stolen truck drive down her street.

Despite several close calls, there were no injuries to pedestrians, drivers, or officers.

Police say that's partly because officers intentionally kept their distance, and used unmarked cars and a police helicopter to track the driver's movements until it was time to move in.

"I think when you see it on the nationwide level, vehicle pursuits by law enforcement are pretty dangerous, not only for the officers but for the safety of the communities, so we just take a 'back approach' for lack of a better term for the safety of everyone involved," said Commander Tom Van Dorn with the Phoenix Police Dept.

SUSPECTS:

Driver: Scotty Arnold Hernandez, age 22  (Mobile/app users: click HERE for photo)

  • 2 counts of armed robbery, 1 count of robbery, 2 counts of stolen vehicle, 1 count of burglary, 1 count of unlawful flight from police, 2 counts of aggravated assault

Passenger 1Dosmieke Sinclair, age 22 (Mobile/app users: click HERE for photo)

  • 1 count of prohibited possessor / weapons violation

Passenger 2Alexis Samantha Barragan, age 23 (Mobile/app users: click HERE for photo)

  • Arrested for outstanding warrant for failure to appear and shoplifting

Passenger 3:  Adult male released pending further investigation

To read PDF of the police report for Scotty Hernandez, click HERE.

To read the police report for Dosmieke Sinclair, click HERE.

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