Mesa Police Arrest Armed Robber
January 3, 2008
On January 3, 2008 at approximately 6:00 p.m. Mesa Police
responded to a beauty supply business located at 3630 E.
Southern in Mesa, AZ reference an armed robbery that had just
occurred. Mesa Police located and arrested defendant, Dominic
E. Avina, 26, in Phoenix, AZ.
Upon arrival, Mesa Police discovered Avina had entered the
business and attempted to purchase an item. While purchasing
the item, Avina reached into the open cash register and took
money from the register. Avina ran out of the business and
stated to the employee/cashier, â€œDonâ€™t follow me. I have a gun.â€
Mesa Police obtained a description of Avinaâ€™s vehicle from
witnesses on scene. The Mesa Police Air Unit was on active
patrol and located the described vehicle driving westbound on US
60 at Country Club. The Mesa Police Air Unit followed the white
Ford Explorer into Phoenix city limits.
The Air Unit estimated Avina was traveling approximately 80 MPH
while traveling on I-10 and several city streets. Avina was
also observed driving on the wrong side of the street at
on-coming traffic and failed to stop to several red light
intersections. Avina ended up colliding into a chain link fence
in the area of 4600 S. 17th Way in Phoenix. Avina immediately
fled on foot and Mesa Police took him into custody a short time
Avina was positively identified as being the individual who
entered the beauty supply business. In addition, Avina is
responsible for an armed robbery that occurred at a business in
Mesa, AZ on December 20, 2007.
At this time several cities throughout the valley are in the
process of determining whether Avina is responsible for various
armed robberies that have occurred in their jurisdictions.