PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Authorities in the west Valley have arrested four people, three of whom are juveniles, after an afternoon crime spree including car theft, gun theft and assault.

Phoenix Police spokeswoman, Sgt. Mercedes Fortune, says officers were called to Van Buren and 51st Ave. around 1 p.m. where a person was reported to be held at gunpoint on a city bus. Fortune says witnesses described a black SUV leaving the scene.

[PDF: Probable cause statement - Jovani Valdez]

About 10 minutes later the same vehicle was described near Lower Buckeye and 67th Avenue where shots were reported being fired from the SUV. No damage was reported in the area, said Fortune.

Then, a few minutes later near 66th Ave. and Yuma, two kids had their cellphone taken at gunpoint, says Fortune. The same black SUV is described in this incident as in the previous two.

By this time, witness descriptions matching the black SUV are connected to a recent stolen black SUV out of Tolleson.

The gun, an AR-15, was also determined to be stolen from a Gila River police officer's home in Avondale.

Fortune says an officer in the area of 83rd Avenue and Van Buren noticed the SUV. He approached the vehicle and the four suspects jumped out and took off running into the nearby neighborhood.

After a search of the area officers found the suspects. One of them, armed with the rifle, was found in a nearby Circle K store, said Fortune. A second suspect was found at a nearby baseball park, the last two were found hiding in a dumpster, said Fortune.

Fortune says there were no injuries reported during any of these incidents. It took about 30 minutes for the incident to wrap up, from the first report on the city bus to the arrest of the four.

The four will be facing charges of robbery, aggravated assault and vehicle theft, said Fortune. The one suspect who is over 18 has been identified as Jovani Valdez. The other suspects will not be identified because they are minors.


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