West Mesa Crime Spree Ends In Arrest

March 25, 2008

photo of Rico BarnesOn March 24, 2008 at 3:29 a.m. Mesa Police Investigators arrested 18-year-old Rico Rashaad Barnes of Mesa on numerous felony charges, including Armed Robbery and Aggravated Assault.

The crime spree began on March 13, 2008 at 10:50 p.m. when Barnes is believed to have illegally entered an apartment home at 1111 S. San Jose while in possession of a firearm. The front door was not secure, which allowed Barnes to easily gain entry. Once inside, Barnes struck the female victim on the head and pointed the firearm at her. Barnes threatened to shoot the victim and started rummaging through the victim's personal items. Barnes eventually bound the victim's hands and legs and fled the apartment with various valuable items, including an ATM card. A short time later Barnes attempted to use the ATM card at an ATM machine, but was unsuccessful.

On March 22, 2008, sometime during the night Barnes is suspected of entering another unsecured apartment home at 1112 S. San Jose, which is located directly across the street from the previous location. The tenants were home at the time and sleeping. Barnes was able to gather various personal items belonging to the victims, including the keys to their car. Barnes allegedly fled the scene in the victim's vehicle.

On March 24, 2008 at 3:29 a.m. patrol officers located the victim's vehicle in the area of Alma School and 8th Avenue. Barnes was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle at that time. Officers in marked patrol vehicles attempted to conduct a high-risk traffic stop on the vehicle, but Barnes refused to pull over. Barnes eventually stopped the vehicle in the area of 1030 S. Stewart. He exited the car and fled the scene on foot. A brief foot chase ensued and Barnes was quickly captured by uniformed patrol officers. Once captured, Barnes resisted officers, refusing to place his hands behind his back. Officers were able to gain physical control of Barnes and affect the arrest without further incident. At the time of his capture Barnes was wearing an item of clothing believed to have been stolen during the March 24th burglary. Barnes denied any involvement in the burglary and stated that he was borrowing the vehicle. Investigators gathered evidence and information from various sources linking Barnes to the burglary and theft of the vehicle. After discovering where Barnes had been staying, investigators responded to the residence and located some of Barnes' personal property. Investigators executed a search warrant of Barnes' personal property and located items linking him to the March 13th home invasion.

Rico Barnes was booked on suspicion of Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, Theft of a Credit Card, Unlawful Means of Transportation, Burglary, Failure to Yield to Law Enforcement Officers and Resisting Arrest. As of this writing, his release and bond status are unknown.



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