Phoenix, Glendale police seek suspects in series of violent armed robberies


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Jason Volentine

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 1:25 PM

PHOENIX – Phoenix and Glendale police are investigating a series of violent armed robberies that happened in the West Valley on Wednesday.

Information is limited and police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects.

Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said the robbery series began with a stabbing in the area of 63rd Avenue and Mountain View Road in Glendale at about 10 a.m. Glendale police officers responded to a 911 call and found the 21-year-old victim on the sidewalk with stab wounds to his upper body. He sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Crump said Phoenix police officers responded to three incidents that investigators believe are related.

At about 10:30 a.m., a man was walking near 89th Avenue and Camelback Road when he was robbed of personal belongings at knifepoint.

A short time later, officers responded to the area of 37th Avenue and McDowell Road where two juveniles were robbed at knifepoint and one of them was stabbed. The injury was not life-threatening.

By 1:15 p.m., a fourth person was robbed at knifepoint. Crump said a man had just gotten off of a city bus when he was robbed of personal belongings near 35th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

Crump said a stock, silver Chrysler PT Cruiser has been described at all four scenes.

There are up to four potential suspects that are described as:

•    A Hispanic male, 20 to 25 years old, 6 feet to 6 feet 5 inches tall, heavy-set build, 250 to 300 pounds with long dark hair and silver-colored prescription glasses.

•    A Hispanic male, 18 to 20 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall with a thin build.

•    A Hispanic male, 16 to 18 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches and 180 pounds.

•    A Hispanic male that is older than the rest, mentioned to be the driver of the vehicle in some reports but no further description.

Glendale police detectives are looking into the possibility that the same suspects may have been involved in up to six other robberies in Glendale over the past month.

"Whether it's a game to them or whether it's a financial need, we don't know at this point," Crump said. "Whether it has some sort of gang activity, all of that is unknown because the suspects are unknown."

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to contact the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000, the Phoenix Police Department's Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.