Monday, August 25, 2014

Media Release - Doctor Arrested for Sexual Abuse of Patients

Mesa Police detectives from the Special Victims Unit have arrested 56-year-old, Dr. Manuel Abrante, for two (2) counts of Sexual Abuse.

On August 22, 2014, the Mesa Police Department received a report from a female victim alleging sexual abuse during a medical examination performed by Dr. Abrante.

The investigation also revealed a past incident involving Dr. Abrante and another victim. After speaking with the second victim, she also desired prosecution. Dr. Abrante was charged with two (2) counts of sexual abuse, one for each victim.

The investigation is still ongoing and it is unknown if there are any other outstanding victims of Dr. Abrante who have not come forward.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Attempted Robbery at Circle K

On August 15 at 6:32am, officers responded to the 400 block of S. Crismon reference an attempted robbery of a Circle K customer. The customer was at a fuel pump when the suspect approached her and wanted money. He displayed a black handgun and threatened the victim. The suspect then fled westbound when the victim did not give him any money. Area check was negative.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, about 25 years old, 5'8" tall, 190 lbs. He was wearing a gray shirt and black pants. Suspect had multiple facial tattoos. 

Please submit any information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through one of the following. You can remain anonymous. Refer to report number 20142270145.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Crime Stats - July 2014

The following are the top 5 calls for service and arrests for each patrol district -- 07/01/2014 through 07/31/2014.

Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Subjects Disturbing399Subjects Disturbing382
Check Welfare332Check Welfare316
Other Agency Assist190Other Agency Assist218
Civil Matter150Warrant Arrest185
Burglary Alarm145Suspicious Activity175

Aggravated Assault8Homicide1
Breaking & Entering9Aggravated Assault8
Theft56Breaking & Entering9
Other Assaults57Alcohol/DUI55
Disorderly Conduct25Other Assaults57
Drugs35Disorderly Conduct25
Sex Offenses8Loitering/Runaway6
Vandalism19Sex Offenses8
All Other145Vandalism19

All Other145


Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Subjects Disturbing385Check Welfare300
Check Welfare353Burglary Alarm286
Burglary Alarm303Subjects Disturbing256
Other Agency Assist215Other Agency Assist177
Suspicious Activity189Suspicious Activity159

Aggravated Assault12Aggravated Assault9
Breaking & Entering6Breaking & Entering6
Alcohol/DUI68Other Assaults21
Other Assaults38Disorderly Conduct16
Disorderly Conduct32Drugs19
Loitering/Runaway15Sex Offenses1
Sex Offenses5Vandalism15
Vandalism1All Other75
All Other150


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Seeking Help Identifying Vehicle Burglary & Forgery Suspect

We believe the woman pictured was involved in two vehicle burglaries in the East Mesa area on July 10, 2014. She was driving a white passenger car. Both purses stolen were left inside vehicles in plain sight.

Please remember to lock up purses and other valuables in the trunk and lock your doors when your vehicle is left unattended.

If you have any information please use one of the options below. You can remain anonymous. Please refer to case numbers 20141910228 and 20141960822.

• Use our online form found here – (  Please fill in the case number in the Case Number field under Incident Information.

• Text information to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your message with MESAPD.

• Call our non-emergency number at 480-644-2211 and select option 2.

ALERT: Arsons at Places of Worship


In the past few weeks, several churches/worship centers in Mesa have found burned or burning Bibles on their property; this is occurring overnight. If you have security, custodial staff or overnight personnel, please advise them of this situation. Make sure any camera system you have is working properly and has night vision. We are currently analyzing evidence collected.

The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male, late teens to early 20s, average height and build, dark hair. Has been seen wearing knee length shorts, short-sleeved shirt, white gym shoes, carrying a dark backpack and wearing dark gloves. If you see this individual or anyone suspicious on your property, please call the police immediately.

Should your church/worship center experience this or any other item being burned on the property please follow the listed protocol --

IF you see something burning on your property, call 9-1-1. Extinguish it as soon as possible. If possible, move it away from any building or vegetation. After the fire is out, do NOT touch it. Keep it protected until police and fire officers arrive.

IF the item is burned and the fire is out, call 644-2211, select option 2, and report the situation. Do NOT touch anything. Keep it protected until police and fire officers arrive.

For more information, please contact Detective J. Fitzgerald at 480-644-2598.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

DUI Suspect Threatens Officer And States He "Wants To See Another Police Memorial"

On Monday, July 7th, just before 3 in the afternoon, Mesa patrol officers responded the parking lot of an apartment complex located in the 900 block of  South Longmore reference an intoxicated subject sitting in a truck. Information prior to officer's arrival was that this subject almost hit the porch of an apartment while driving around in the lot. 
Febyruss Benally

When officers arrived they located the subject, later identified as 31 year-old Febyruss Benally (pictured), walking away from the described truck and enter an apartment.  Officers contacted Benally at the apartment and he immediately became irate and began yelling profanities.  Benally, who could barely keep his balance,  reeked of alcohol and had watery bloodshot eyes.

The officers' investigation showed Benally was the subject driving the truck and they initiated a DUI investigation, but he refused all field sobriety tests.  The officers then located a warrant for Benally's arrest and took him into custody.  During the arrest, Benally began talking about how he was going to "kill an officer's wife and kids and bury them." 

During a search incident to arrest, Marijuana was also discovered in the possession of the defendant.  As Benally was being placed in the patrol car, he continued saying he was going to "bury an officer" when he gets out of jail and then "kill their wife and kids."  He added that he "wanted to see another police memorial."

In addition to the drugs discovered on Benally, a cold open can of beer was located in the vehicle.  Officers also learned that the plates on the vehicle were suspended and Benally's driver's license was suspended and revoked.  He was booked on the following:

Aggravated DUI
Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia
Threatening and Intimidating
Possession of an Open Container

Monday, July 7, 2014

Attempt to Identify Armed Robbery Suspect

On July 6, 2014 at 8:16pm, officers responded to the CVS located at 9152 E. Brown Road in reference to an armed robbery. Upon arrival, officers learned a male suspect had walked into the CVS at 7:44pm, selected several items, approached the register, lifted his shirt displaying a handgun and told the clerk to open the register. The suspect was alone inside the store and the clerk placed money from the register into a CVS bag along with the items the male had selected.

The male suspect exited teh store and got into the driver's seat of a silver 4-door car, which was backed into a parking spot on the south side of the CVS. According to a witness, the male started the vehicle, leading us to believe he was likely alone in the car. The vehicle was seen leaving westbound on Brown Road.

The suspect is described as a White male, early 20s, 5'6" tall, 160 lbs. with short brown hair. Last seen wearing a black baseball hat with white writing or emblem on the front, black T-shirt with long-sleeved navy blue shirt or jacket draped over his back, baggy blue jeans and white shoes. Vehicle used is a silver or grey, 4-door, possibly newer model Honda Accord with no distinguishing features.

If you have any information, please submit information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through one of the following. You can remain anonymous. Please refer to case number 20141870569.
• Use our online form found here;  please fill in the case number in the Case Number field under Incident Information.
• Text information to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your message with MESAPD.
• Call our non-emergency number at 480-644-2211 and select option 2.

Surveillance photos of suspect.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Aggravated Criminal Damage - Attempt to Identify Suspect/s

Photo of Light of the Desert Church
Mesa PD is investigating an aggravated criminal damage case. We are looking to identify the suspect(s) who stole copper pipes from a bathroom inside the Light of the Desert Church at 7930 E Baseline Rd. Running water from the pipes flooded several classrooms and a storeroom, damaging the drywall, the carpet and items stored on the floor.

The crime occurred between June 30, 2014 at approximately 2:30 pm and July 1, 2014 at approximately 8:00 am while the church was closed.  The total value of the damage has yet to be determined.

Please submit any information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through one of the following options. You can remain anonymous.

•  Use our online form found here. Please fill in the case number in the Case Number field under Incident Information.

•  Text information to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your message with MESAPD.

•  Call our non-emergency number at 480-644-2211 and select option 2.

Please refer to case number 2014-1820149.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Vehicle Burglary Prevention Tips

Vehicle burglaries often occur at night when people are sleeping and the burglar can sneak around in the darkness without being noticed. They also occur in parking lots in the middle of the day. These crimes are often preventable. How can you protect your vehicle from being burglarized? Following these simple guidelines will make your vehicle less of a target.
  • Do not leave any valuables in the vehicle. Out of Sight – Out of Mind. If there is nothing in the vehicle, there is no reason to break in.
  • Roll the windows all the way up. Even a window rolled down ‘just a crack’ provides easy access.
  • Lock the doors every time you leave the vehicle; even if you only plan to ‘run in for just a minute.' This includes tailgates on pickups. Keep the doors locked when in the garage, too. Keeping your doors locked also prevents small children from becoming trapped in a vehicle if they find an unlocked door and get in to play – this could result in a tragedy in our Arizona heat.
  • Set the alarm, if you have one. Most key fobs lock the doors with one press of the ‘lock’ button, but require two immediate presses of the lock button to set the alarm.
A few simple prevention steps will reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary or having your vehicle stolen. Remember, vehicle insurance often does not cover your personal items that are left inside the vehicle when it is burglarized. Paying deductibles for broken windows and stolen items could result in higher insurance premiums. Lock it or lose it!