PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – The Phoenix Police Department says it has arrested a 29-year-old man connected to a series of armed robberies, including two in which victims were shot.
Trey Waters, 29, faces various charges, including a count of attempted murder, five counts of aggravated assault, and three counts of armed robbery. Sgt. Ann Justus said he was armed when officers took him into custody.
All three of the armed robberies happened in the past month – the first the morning of April 12, the second the afternoon of April 25, and the most recent on the morning May 9.
In the first armed robbery, police say Waters forced his way into a motel room occupied by a man and a woman and demanded property from them. Investigators say Waters pistol-whipped the man and then shot him in the neck. They also say he tied up the woman before leaving the motel room. According to court documents, the victims told police that Waters grabbed a towel and wiped down the door handle.
When the woman went to get help, police say she saw a Red Camaro speeding out of the parking, according to the probable cause for arrest statement. Police said surveillance video showed that Camaro was the only car leaving the area at the time of the armed robbery. Only the first numbers of the license plate were visible, according to investigators.
A few days later, an officer on patrol spotted the Camaro and was able to get the whole license plate number. Investigators determined that the car was registered to a relative of Waters.
On April 25, police say Waters, again armed with a gun, robbed an ice cream truck driver. Like the first incident, Waters reportedly pistol-whipped the victim. Before running away, the suspect pointed the firearm at a customer, Justus said. Police said a witness identified Waters in a photo lineup.
The most recent incident happened at a convenience store near 40th Street and Southern Avenue on Sunday. Police say Waters shot the woman behind the counter during an attempted armed robbery. According to court documents, she slammed the register closed after he demanded money and then turned to walk away. That's when Waters allegedly shot her twice.
Justus said Waters shot the victim, who was already on the ground, a third time as he left the store. "An individual without a conscience. That's all I can think of," said Howard Magee, director of operations for Minute Mart.
The woman's manager says she's had three surgeries so far. "It's heartbreaking. It's devastating. She's come in here on Mother's Day to make a living for her family," said assistant manager Demetress Mitchell. Tuesday, she discovered a shell casing that she plans to turn over to police.
The probable cause for arrest statement says surveillance cameras recorded the entire incident at the Minute Mart, including what the store manager described as Waters dancing as he left the store. Police say a resident of the area saw Waters getting into the Camaro.
A $100,000 cash-only bond was set for Waters. If he posts it, he will be subject to electronic monitoring.