Pizza Hut shooting

Authorities say they have arrested a robbery suspect who is accused of shooting a Pizza Hut employee in Gilbert in early May.

GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Authorities say they have arrested a robbery suspect who is accused of shooting a Pizza Hut employee in Gilbert in early May.

Officers responded to the shooting at a strip mall near Baseline and Power roads on Tuesday, May 7.

Police say the employee was forced to his knees and then the suspect accidentally shot him when he hit the employee with his handgun.

[RELATED: Police release photos of man who shot Pizza Hut employee in Gilbert]

The victim was taken to a hospital with a serious, but non-life-threatening injury.

According to authorities, 31-year-old Lawrence Gomes was arrested on May 9 in relation to the robbery and shooting.

Court paperwork shows he and 24-year-old Conner Farrar were suspects in a Valley-wide crime spree involving robberies at gas stations, fast food restaurants and more.

Court paperwork lists the two men as suspects in at least 6 robberies.

They have officially been charged in five of those robberies.

• April 29: Peoria Superstar Carwash - Deer Valley Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway.

• May 3: Surprise Chevron gas station - Bell and El Mirage roads.

• May 4: Glendale Subway - Thunderbird Road and 59th Avenue.

• May 6: Phoenix Circle K - I-17 and Union Hills Drive.

• May 7: Gilbert Pizza Hut - Baseline and Power roads.

Court paperwork says in each of the robberies listed above either Farrar, Gomes or both admitted their involvement in the crimes, including Gomes admittance in the shooting and robbery of the Gilbert Pizza Hut.

They may also be connected to a robbery at a Peoria Papa John's Pizza but no surveillance video was available at the scene.

[ORIGINAL STORY: PD: Pizza Hut employee shot during attempted robbery in Gilbert]

Farrar and Gomes are facing numerous robbery and weapon charges.

The FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force is working with police departments from Phoenix, Peoria, Glendale, Surprise and Gilbert on this case. The investigation remains ongoing.


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Agustus Gloop

I worry I will have nightmares about the tentacles of poison.

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Agustus Gloop

I'm pretty sure the tentacles of poison is the name of a punk rock band and their guitars were stolen?

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Agustus Gloop

Would it be insensitive to do a stand up comedy routine about the tentacles of poison?

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Agustus Gloop

If the tentacles of poison enter my body, is there and antidote or any treatment?

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Agustus Gloop

Is there a vaccination to protect against the tentacles of poison?

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Agustus Gloop

Are the tentacles of poison in our water supply?

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Agustus Gloop

Should I avoid Pizza Hut until you slay the tentacles of poison?

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Agustus Gloop

Will the tentacles of poison reach me, inside my gated community?


Hummm....All the robberies far out in the NW in my neighborhood...then one random one in Gilbert. Glad this DB was finally caught!


That is rather odd. May be they thought they could score a bigger haul by heading into the southeast valley. Of course with the way people pay with plastic for everything now a days, it would seem that trying to rob these businesses is not going net them much. Of course if they tried to rob individuals they likely are not going to be get much cash either. Nonetheless, they are off the streets...for now until their lawyer finds something to get them off all the charges or reduced to a slap on the wrist.

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