Mesa Police Seek Assistance In Identifying Bank Robbery Suspect

October 21, 2008

photo of Anthony CanalesMesa Traffic detectives were able to arrest Anthony Joseph Canales, 24, on October 20, 2008. He was booked on the following charges:

  •  Manslaughter, a class 2 felony
  • Leaving the scene of a fatal collision, a class 2 felony
  • Aggravated Assault, a class 3 felony
  • 4 counts of endangerment, class 6 felonies


October 9, 2008

On October 18, 2008 at 1:08 am, Anthony Canales was the driver of a motor vehicle involved in a two-vehicle collision. Anthony was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am southbound on Alma School Road in the number one lane. The Grand Am moved right on the roadway into the number two (curb) lane. There was a 2004 Toyota truck that was southbound in the curb lane. The Grand Am struck the Toyota at the drivers side rear tire. This caused the Toyota to lose control and roll over. There were six occupants in the truck. Two were ejected from the truck. 28-year-old Eloisa Flores was ejected and later died from her injuries. 8-year-old Marco Flores was ejected from the truck. He suffered a skull fracture from the collision. Sandra Valdez was pregnant and lost her baby as a result of the collision.

A witness who heard the collision saw a Pontiac Grand Am fleeing the area westbound on LaPlata. The witness stated that the passenger headlamp was missing and the vehicle had damage to the front passenger side. The vehicle was located on LaPlata just east of Standage. The vehicle was registered in New Mexico to Alex R. Lovato, who was later identified as a passenger in the Grand Am. Through their investigation, detectives were able to identify Anthony Canales as the driver in this tragic fatal collision.



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