Thursday, March 19, 2015

Media Release - Shooter Arrested

Booking Photo of suspect Giroux
For Release: March 18, 2015
Contact: Detective Esteban Flores
Media Relations Unit
480-644-4133


On Wednesday March 18th, the Mesa Police Department received an emergency call at the Tri-City Motel located at 1504 W. Main St. in Mesa. When officers arrived they found three (3) gunshot victims at the motel, two females and one male. The male victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. As officers were still arriving, they received another emergency call from the Bistro-13 Restaurant across the street. The Bistro-13 is run by the East Valley Institute of Technology (E.V.I.T.), located at 1353 W. Main. The same suspect from the motel shooting had shot an adult student at the restaurant during a car-jacking attempt and fled eastbound in a stolen gray Honda Accord.

As this initial investigation commenced, additional calls of shootings came in to 911 in the general vicinity of the first incident. The suspect continued to 949 S. Longmore where he attempted another carjacking, but failed. No one was injured at that location. He then went across to 901 S. Dobson Rd., where he committed a home invasion and shot the fifth (5) victim inside of an apartment. This failed robbery attempt led the suspect to another apartment complex located at 1840 W. Emelita, where he shot the sixth (6) and final victim, before fleeing to a set of condominiums located at 1730 W. Emelita.

A massive manhunt commenced in the general area of the last sighting, which led to the Mesa S.W.A.T. team members locating the suspect on the balcony of vacant condo. Tactical Team members attempted to take the suspect into custody, but he was not compliant. A Taser was deployed on the suspect and he was taken into custody without further incident.

The suspect was identified as, 41-year-old, Ryan Elliot Giroux.He is currently being questioned by detectives. A motive for the initial shooting at the motel is still unknown.The last three shootings appear to be motivated by robbery and his attempt to get away.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Media Release - Help Identify Suspicious Child Contact Suspect

Composite sketch of suspect and example of vehicle
The Mesa Police Department is asking for assistance from the community in identifying a suspicious person.

On Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at approximately 6:50am, a juvenile female was in the area of Gilbert and University when she was contacted by an unknown White male who tried to coax her into his vehicle. She described the subject as 40- to 45-years-old, 5' 08” tall, 250 pounds, grey thinning hair and wearing glasses with thick lenses.

The vehicle is described as a 1997-2004 regular cab white Ford F-150 pickup truck. There were dents and scratches over the entire vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211 (choose option 2 at the main menu) or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Media Release - Public Assistance Needed to Identify Attempted Sexual Assault Suspect

Composite of  Suspect
The Mesa Police Department is seeking assistance with identifying a suspect in an attempted sexual assault. The incident occurred on Saturday, February 28, in the area of Horne and 2nd Avenue. The female victim was approached by the suspect while in a parking lot in the area.

The victim and suspect struggled and she was able to get away and contact the authorities. The suspect fled the scene, but was not located. The suspect was described as a White male with leathery skin, 30-years-old, 5'5” to 5'8” tall, 140-160 pounds, buzz cut blond hair and yellowish teeth with gaps. He was last seen wearing jeans, navy blue hooded sweater and a black tank-top.

Mesa detectives have been working the case, but are seeking assistance with identifying the suspect. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211, option 2 at the main menu, or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Crime Stats - January 2015


The following are the top 5 calls for service and arrests for each patrol district -- 01/01/2015 through 01/31/2015.


FIESTA
CENTRAL
Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Subjects Disturbing386Subjects Disturbing387
Check Welfare274Check Welfare308
Other Agency Assist202Other Agency Assist217
Loud Music/Noise168Suspicious Activity178
Civil Matter144Warrant Arrest173




ArrestsFrequencyArrestsFrequency
Homicide0Homicide0
Rape0Rape0
Robbery5Robbery4
Aggravated Assault10Aggravated Assault12
Breaking & Entering7Breaking & Entering4
Theft70Theft112
GTA2GTA1
Alcohol/DUI64Alcohol/DUI43
Other Assaults50Other Assaults64
Disorderly Conduct20Disorderly Conduct43
Drugs90Drugs84
Fiscal/Forgery11Fiscal/Forgery24
Loitering/Runaway7Loitering/Runaway7
Sex Offenses1Sex Offenses4
Vandalism13Vandalism15
All Other
164
All Other264
TOTAL514TOTAL681




RED MOUNTAIN
SUPERSTITION
Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Subjects Disturbing379Check Welfare287
Check Welfare336Subjects Disturbing230
Suspicious Activity204Burglary Alarm225
Burglary Alarm197Other Agency Assist184
Loud Music/Noise187Suspicious Activity183




ArrestsFrequencyArrestsFrequency
Homicide0Homicide0
Rape0Rape0
Robbery0Robbery0
Aggravated Assault8Aggravated Assault1
Breaking & Entering10Breaking & Entering3
Theft86Theft94
GTA2GTA2
Alcohol/DUI65Alcohol/DUI37
Other Assaults39Other Assaults22
Disorderly Conduct45Disorderly Conduct20
Drugs75Drugs38
Fiscal/Forgery15Fiscal/Forgery10
Loitering/Runaway8Loitering/Runaway1
Sex Offenses2Sex Offenses0
Vandalism27 Vandalism13
All Other121 All Other54
TOTAL503TOTAL300

Monday, February 23, 2015

Attempt to Identify Shoplifting/Aggravated Assault Suspect

SUSPECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

On January 16 at 6:30pm, the pictured female subject entered the Wal-Mart located at 1606 S Signal Butte and selected some makeup valued at $12. She was later observed concealing the makeup in a purse she was carrying. The female was contacted by store loss prevention, after she passed all points of sale without making any attempt to pay for the merchandise concealed in her purse. Upon contact, the female ran from loss prevention, who continued to follow her. The female subject pulled what appeared to be a handgun from her purse and fired a warning shot in an upward direction. She then continued to walk northbound and fired another shot in the air. At this point loss prevention stopped following her.

She is a White female, blonde hair, 5'3" - 5'5" tall, 130-140 lbs. She was wearing a black shirt, black paints, black boots and a red hair tie. Vehicle involved is a white PT Cruiser.

Case number 20150160644. 

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 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 from the main menu.





Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Crime Stats - December 2014

The following are the top 5 calls for service and arrests for each patrol district -- 12/01/2014 through 12/31/2014.


FIESTA
CENTRAL
Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Subjects Disturbing377Subjects Disturbing386
Check Welfare313Check Welfare309
Other Agency Assist192Other Agency Assist197
Loud Music/Noise171Loud Music/Noise178
Suspicious Activity144Warrant Arrest172




ArrestsFrequencyArrestsFrequency
Homicide0Homicide0
Rape0Rape0
Robbery3Robbery4
Aggravated Assault12Aggravated Assault12
Breaking & Entering9Breaking & Entering2
Theft70Theft115
GTA1GTA0
Alcohol/DUI65Alcohol/DUI54
Other Assaults44Other Assaults43
Disorderly Conduct17Disorderly Conduct25
Drugs61Drugs73
Fiscal/Forgery11Fiscal/Forgery16
Loitering/Runaway4Loitering/Runaway6
Sex Offenses14Sex Offenses4
Vandalism34Vandalism20
All Other
135
All Other276 
TOTAL480TOTAL650




RED MOUNTAIN
SUPERSTITION
Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Subjects Disturbing341Check Welfare305
Check Welfare317Subjects Disturbing219
Loud Music/Noise223Burglary Alarm214
Other Agency Assist201Other Agency Assist203
Burglary Alarm195Suspicious Activity183




ArrestsFrequencyArrestsFrequency
Homicide0Homicide0
Rape0Rape0
Robbery5Robbery1
Aggravated Assault9Aggravated Assault5
Breaking & Entering7Breaking & Entering8
Theft87Theft98
GTA1GTA2
Alcohol/DUI40Alcohol/DUI29
Other Assaults45Other Assaults28
Disorderly Conduct42Disorderly Conduct11
Drugs64Drugs30
Fiscal/Forgery10Fiscal/Forgery8
Loitering/Runaway7Loitering/Runaway8
Sex Offenses2Sex Offenses1
Vandalism16 Vandalism3
All Other149All Other61
TOTAL484TOTAL293

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Media Release - Public Assistance Needed to Identify Burglary Suspects

The Mesa Police Department is seeking any assistance to help identify residential burglary suspects.

On December 5, 2014, Mesa Police began investigating a set of six residential burglaries in the area of Broadway Road to Southern Avenue and Val Vista Drive to Greenfield Road.. The suspects forced their way into multiple homes stealing electronics, guns, cash and jewelry. Only one victim reported being at home when the suspects attempted an entry. That victim scared the burglars off and they fled the scene. Other witnesses reported having these suspects knock on their door asking for directions.

The suspects were described as follows:

#1- Hispanic male 18-years-old, wearing a T-shirt with "Industrial" on it.
#2- Hispanic male 18-years-old, wearing a gray hoodie sweater.
Vehicle description: Dark colored 4-door vehicle (possibly Nissan Altima) with spoiler and 5-spoke wheels. This vehicle was seen on this incident and also another similar incident on December 11, 2014.

Mesa detectives have not been able to identify the suspects. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Silent Witness at 480-Witness (480-948-6377) or 1-800-343-8477.

video

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