MESA, PD (3TV/CBS 5) – A man is facing serious charges after police say he tried to drive into a secure police department parking lot at the Mesa Police department over the weekend. Mesa police say an officer entering the station headquarters at Robson and 1st Street was followed by a vehicle that also tried to enter the gate. Another officer who was leaving the station saw the vehicle trying to drive into the lot and stopped the driver, later identified as 31-year-old Rafael Reyes, from entering the gate. Police say Reyes asked the officer if he would let him in the gate and as the officer began to question him, Reyes drove away.
A short time later police got a call from a person at a parking lot across the street from the police department who told them that a man asked him if he could park there in front of the police station. The tipster also told police he called them because this man said something about shooting at the station. When officers went out to check out the tip, they saw it was Reyes. Again, Reyes drove away with police following him to the area of Broadway Road and Hibbert. Along the way, officers saw Reyes driving erratically onto sidewalks and crossing over the median. Court document say Reyes hit a parked car before officers lost sight of him.
It wasn’t long before police were called to the area near Mesa Drive and Southern Avenue where Reyes was spotted again, this time he was reportedly seen using a hammer to break out a vehicle window. Officers located Reyes in the area and after a short foot chase they were able to catch and arrest him.
Reyes is being charged with unlawful flight, reckless endangerment, attempted trespassing, criminal damage and hit and run. Investigators are still looking into verbal threats reportedly made by Reyes about shooting at the police station. Additional charges may be filed once the investigation is complete.