Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Second Suspect Arrested In Child Abuse Case

Jimmy M. Vanater has now been arrested in relation to a child abuse case.  Vanater contacted the Mesa Police and came in for an interview.  Based on the investigation, he was arrested for (5) counts of child abuse.  Raecherl Chidester, the mother of the child, had already been arrested for (9) counts of child abuse related to the case.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Media Release - Child Prostitution Arrests

On 12/11/2014 the Mesa Police Department conducted operation "Buyer Beware." The operation was conducted by undercover detectives posing as underage females. During the operation, five suspects responded to the designated location to pay for sex with who they believed was a 16 year old female.

The suspects arrested ranged in age from 26 to 49 years old. Subsequent to the arrest, all of the suspects admitted that they knew they were coming to the location to have sex with a 16 year old female. Through the investigation, it was also learned that Solomon Bandiho is a Catholic Priest at a local parish in Mesa.

Crimes involving children are of the highest priority for the Mesa Police Department. Operations of this type have shown time and again to be successful and remove dangerous child predators from our community.

All of the suspect were transported and booked for Child Prostitution. 13-3212.B.2, a class 2 Felony.

Suspects:

Eric Mohren, 34
Christopher Sherman, 48
Solomon Bandiho, 49
Jose Flores-Nunez, 31
Santiago Robles, 26








Monday, December 8, 2014

Crime Stats - November 2014

The following are the top 5 calls for service and arrests for each patrol district -- 11/01/2014 through 11/30/2014.


FIESTA
CENTRAL
Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Subjects Disturbing348Subjects Disturbing356
Check Welfare338Check Welfare328
Other Agency Assist209Other Agency Assist206
Loud Music/Noise191Loud Music/Noise169
Suspicious Activity133Warrant Arrest168




ArrestsFrequencyArrestsFrequency
Homicide0Homicide0
Rape0Rape3
Robbery3Robbery6
Aggravated Assault8Aggravated Assault12
Breaking & Entering7Breaking & Entering6
Theft63Theft103
GTA1GTA0
Alcohol/DUI48Alcohol/DUI56
Other Assaults28Other Assaults52
Disorderly Conduct18Disorderly Conduct22
Drugs72Drugs68
Fiscal/Forgery4Fiscal/Forgery13
Loitering/Runaway7Loitering/Runaway3
Sex Offenses2Sex Offenses5
Vandalism24Vandalism15
All Other
161
All Other239
TOTAL446TOTAL603




RED MOUNTAIN
SUPERSTITION
Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Subjects Disturbing322Check Welfare283
Check Welfare320Burglary Alarm234
Loud Music/Noise231Subjects Disturbing216
Suspicious Activity189Other Agency Assist185
Burglary Alarm186Suspicious Activity163




ArrestsFrequencyArrestsFrequency
Homicide0Homicide0
Rape3Rape1
Robbery1Robbery6
Aggravated Assault12Aggravated Assault5
Breaking & Entering3Breaking & Entering3
Theft85Theft87
GTA2GTA0
Alcohol/DUI56Alcohol/DUI33
Other Assaults37Other Assaults22
Disorderly Conduct20Disorderly Conduct18
Drugs56Drugs21
Fiscal/Forgery7Fiscal/Forgery13
Loitering/Runaway7Loitering/Runaway4
Sex Offenses1Sex Offenses1
Vandalism19 Vandalism4
All Other110 All Other64
TOTAL419TOTAL282

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Media Release - Operation Fade to Black Friday

On November 21 and 22, 2014, the Mesa Police Department conducted a shoplift reduction detail called Operation Fade to Black Friday. This is the second year of the operation, targeting repeat offenders and retail theft rings. Retailers worked with Mesa PD by staffing extra loss prevention officers in various stores.

A cooperative effort between Mesa detectives and patrol officers resulted in 49 arrests over the two days. Three arrests were made for Organized Retail Theft and four additional Organized Retail Theft investigations were launched as a result of the operation. The operation encompassed several thousand dollars of merchandise.

With Black Friday approaching, the Mesa Police Department recognizes the impact of shoplifters to our local retailers as they attempt to keep merchandise stocked and affordable during the holiday season. The Mesa Police Department wants the public to know we are working closely with our retailers and take all shoplift crimes seriously. Mesa PD plans to conduct more shoplift reduction projects throughout the shopping season. Special thanks are being given to Walmart, Target, CVS Pharmacy, Home Depot, JC Penny and Kohl's for their cooperation.

Here are a few of the highlights:

Anthony Grant was recognized by loss prevention when he returned to steal two cases of ammunition valued at $399, which he hid in a backpack before walking out of a store. (see first video)

Vincent Borunda was recognized by loss prevention officers for stealing Blue Ray DVDs in the past. During the operation he removed 4 DVDs valued at $152 from the packaging and hid in his pockets before paying for other merchandise. (see second video)

Edward Hill had stolen a $479 laptop six days before and was recognized by loss prevention officers when he stole a $198 Airsoft BB gun during the operation.

Brian Cochran was arrested for stealing 12 video games valued at $240. He admitted to being paid for each game he stole by a known associate.



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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Crime Stats - October 2014

The following are the top 5 calls for service and arrests for each patrol district -- 10/01/2014 through 10/31/2014.


FIESTA
CENTRAL
Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Subjects Disturbing362Subjects Disturbing395
Check Welfare351Check Welfare326
Other Agency Assist198Other Agency Assist225
Loud Music/Noise181Loud Music/Noise177
Suspicious Activity166Trespass167




ArrestsFrequencyArrestsFrequency
Homicide0Homicide3
Rape0Rape2
Robbery1Robbery5
Aggravated Assault8Aggravated Assault15
Breaking & Entering9Breaking & Entering10
Theft52Theft132
GTA3GTA2
Alcohol/DUI94Alcohol/DUI65
Other Assaults41Other Assaults55
Disorderly Conduct18Disorderly Conduct30
Drugs74Drugs75
Fiscal/Forgery14Fiscal/Forgery16
Loitering/Runaway7Loitering/Runaway7
Sex Offenses0Sex Offenses4
Vandalism17Vandalism20
All Other
153
All Other284 
TOTAL491TOTAL725




RED MOUNTAIN
SUPERSTITION
Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Subjects Disturbing369Check Welfare282
Check Welfare305Burglary Alarm223
Other Agency Assist210Subjects Disturbing223
Suspicious Activity196Other Agency Assist200
Loud Music/Noise193Suspicious Activity178




ArrestsFrequencyArrestsFrequency
Homicide0Homicide0
Rape0Rape0
Robbery1Robbery4
Aggravated Assault12Aggravated Assault4
Breaking & Entering5Breaking & Entering7
Theft81Theft73
GTA4GTA2
Alcohol/DUI78Alcohol/DUI35
Other Assaults47Other Assaults36
Disorderly Conduct32Disorderly Conduct22
Drugs60Drugs20
Fiscal/Forgery15Fiscal/Forgery7
Loitering/Runaway9Loitering/Runaway12
Sex Offenses4Sex Offenses4
Vandalism14 Vandalism10
All Other103 All Other65
TOTAL465TOTAL301

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Walgreens Burglary

On September 15, 2014, the pictured male entered the Walgreens at 1159 E. Southern Ave. and headed to the perfume and cosmetics department. Once there, the male is seen on video as he walks behind the counter and begins to push and manipulate the glass doors of the perfume cabinet until he is able to open it. He then takes approximately six bottles of various perfume valued at $314.94 and conceals them in the purse he is carrying. He then leaves the store without making any attempt to pay. The female subject is seen in the store with the male and by the perfume counter has he manipulates the doors.

The male is described as a Hispanic male, 20-30 years old, short dark hair, 5'6" to 5'8" tall. He was wearing a black T-shirt with a small logo on the front and a large round logo on the back and blue jeans. The purse he carries has a black and white block pattern.

The female is described as White or Hispanic, 20-30 years old, medium length dark hair. She was wearing tight white pants and a sleeveless shirt with flowers on it. She was carrying a large white purse.

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

Use our online form found here – https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtipforms/webform.aspx?id=51&AgencyID=836.  Please fill in the case number (
#20142590267) 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.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Media Release - Public Assistance Needed to Identify Armed Robbery Suspect

On September 7, 2014, Mesa Police began investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Circle K store located in the 800 block of E. Southern Avenue. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, approx. 5' 9" tall, 190 - 200 lbs and wearing a black shirt, gray shorts and a black baseball hat. The suspect also has tattoos on both arms and a mustache. The suspect was armed with a handgun, which was used in the robbery. He fled in an unknown make or model four-door white passenger car.

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

Call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Use our online form found here – (https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtipforms/webform.aspx?id=51&AgencyID=836.)

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

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



Friday, October 3, 2014

Sex Offender Notification

The Mesa Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact agreement or released from a county jail back into the community.

It is the responsibility of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer having jurisdiction where the offender intends to reside to inform the community. The person who appears in this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that allows the Mesa Police Department to make community notification. The sex offender has advised the Mesa Police that he will be living at the listed location. This person is not wanted by the Mesa Police Department or any other law enforcement agency at this time. This individual on probation or parole. This notification is not intended to increase public fear; rather it is to inform the community of a sex offender living in the city and to comply with ARS 13-3825, Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law in making our community an informed and safer community. Citizen(s) use of this information to threaten, intimidate, harass or cause any harm to this person will not be tolerated and are subject to charges being filed against anyone violating the law.

To search for sex offenders in your local area or to register to receive email alerts, visit http://www.communitynotification.com/cap_main.php?office=54998.

William Sabatasso (pictured)
3925 E. Arbor Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85206

Age: 59
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 248 lbs.
Hair Color: Gray
Eye Color: Brown

In 1978 in CA, Mr. Sabatasso was convicted of Rape by Threats and sentenced to ten months in jail and five years of probation. In 1979 in CA, Mr. Sabatasso was convicted of Rape and sentenced to six years in prison. In 1987 in CA, Mr. Sabatasso was convicted of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse and sentenced to one year and four months in jail. In 1988 in CA, Mr. Sabatasso was convicted of Rape by Force/Fear and Oral Copulation with Force and sentenced to ten years in prison. The five victims ranged in age from fifteen to twenty six and were not known to Mr. Sabatasso.

Mailer can be downloaded from http://www.mesaaz.gov/police/PDF/SexOffenderNotifications/SabatassoWilliamL3.pdf

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Theft of Credit Card

On July 28, 2014 at 8:19 pm, the male suspect pictured here (blue shirt) used the victim's debit card number to make a purchase at RackRoom Shoes inside Fiesta Mall and Denny's at 1150 S. Country Club Drive. The victim was unaware his debit card number had been compromised, as he still had custody of the card.

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

Use our online form found here – (https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtipforms/webform.aspx?id=51&AgencyID=836.)
Please fill in the case number (2014-2120537) in the Case Number field under Incident Information.
or
Text information to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your message with MESAPD.
or
Call our non-emergency number at 480-644-2211 and select option 2.

Subject Arrested for Assaulting Bus Driver

The Mesa Police Department arrested Robert Nathaniel White, 27, (pictured) on one count of Aggravated Assault for the assault of a Valley Metro bus driver on September 29, 2014.

On September 8, 2014, the Mesa Police Department received reports from witnesses that a Valley Metro bus driver had been assaulted by a passenger in the area of Main Street and Sycamore in Mesa. Officers made contact with the witnesses and the 60-year-old victim and learned that a passenger had become upset at the bus driver for not moving the bus to a dry location before he exited. The passenger wanted to remove his bicycle off of the front bike rack without getting wet. The roads in that area of Mesa were flooded with several inches of water due to the rain storms throughout the day.

Robert Nathaniel White became confrontational with the victim and began punching him several times in the face. The victim was seat belted into the driver's seat and could not escape the attack. Once the assault stopped, Robert White retrieved his bicycle from the front rack and fled the scene. The victim sustained multiple head injuries.

Following the assault, video of the attack was released and aired on several news outlets. Family members of the suspect recognized him from the video and encouraged him to "do the right thing," and turn himself in. The suspect, through his brother, contacted the Phoenix Police Department and turned himself in. Mesa detectives went to Phoenix and took custody of Mr. White. In an interview, White said that he was upset because he had to work and did not want to get wet removing his bike from the rack on the front of the bus.

Following the interview, White was booked on the listed charges.