MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Four suspects have been arrested in connection to an armed robbery that left a man dead in Mesa Monday morning and may face even more charges linked to a crime spree.

Court documents state that 18-year-olds Jaquan Bailey and Stephon Mitchell, along with 37-year-old Ashley Herrell and 38-year-old Vincent Culbreath, were all driving near University Drive and Dobson Road just before noon when they spotted a man walking in the area. Police say that Culbreath was behind the wheel and he stopped the car near the man, later identified as 38-year-old Brandon Van, and got out to talk to him. Surveillance video in the area showed what appeared to be Culbreath asking Van for directions. The conversation then turned heated and Van walked away from Culbreath.

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Documents state that Culbreath then went back to the car, pulled around the corner and approached Van attempting to rob him. The victim ran and Bailey, Mitchell and Culbreath all chased him. Van then hid behind some planters at a home while Mitchell shot at him. Documents state that the home had surveillance cameras and all of this can be seen clearly on video. Van then threw his backpack on the planter to give it to the suspects and stood with his hands up. That's when police say that Mitchell took the backpack and searched Van, then pushed him down and started punching him. Bailey then shot him multiple times. He died at the scene. Bailey, Mitchell and Culbreath all ran back to the car and they drove off.

A viewer shared her surveillance video with Arizona's Family. The footage shows one of the suspects getting out of a white car and approach Van who is walking down the street with a backpack.

"Just a couple minutes later, I heard the gunshots and I witnessed it just over there at the neighbor's house." 

The video then shows Van running down the street with three suspects chasing and shooting at him. The group disappears behind some trees before leaving with Van's backpack.

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Police arrested four suspects in connection to a deadly armed robbery in Mesa early Monday morning. (From left to right: 18-year-old Jaquan Bailey, 18-year-old Stephon Mitchell, 37-year-old Ashley Herrell, 38-year-old Vincent Culbreath)

Court documents state that the suspects were also involved in a robbery at a convenience store near Alma School and Broadway roads earlier that morning. Police say that Bailey, Mitchell and Culbreath all went into the store and stole liquor bottles while Herrell waited in the car. Bailey flashed his gun at the clerk when he tried to stop them from stealing. Documents state that the store's surveillance cameras clearly showed the car as well as the three suspects' faces and clothing and that their clothing matched what they were wearing at the murder 40 minutes later that day. The three have not been charged in this robbery, but documents state those charges will be filed in the coming days.

Documents say that the four also drove to a county island near Mesa and stole four tires from outside a home. They stopped to adjust the tires and were again caught on surveillance video in the parking lot of a marijuana dispensary.

According to court documents, the four then drove to Guadalupe, where they attempted a third armed robbery but a woman intervened. One of the four suspects shot the woman. She is expected to survive her injuries. Her name has not been released. Documents state that the four suspects have not yet been charged in this crime but that those charges will be filed soon.

The four then drove to Phoenix, where they got into a fight with each other over one of the guns and shots were fired. The suspects were still at the scene when Phoenix police arrived. Officers detained all four of the suspects. Documents state that they were all still wearing the same clothes they were seen on surveillance footage wearing during the murder and armed robberies.

When asked about the crimes in Mesa and Guadalupe, Culbreath asked for an attorney, Mitchell and Bailey said they didn't recall those incidents and Herrell said she was asleep in the car the whole time.

All four were booked into Maricopa County jail for first-degree murder and armed robbery. Additional charges for the other crimes are in the process of being filed.

 

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