West Mesa Crime Spree Ends In Arrest
March 25, 2008
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.