Carjacking Suspect Taken Into Custody By Two Alert Officers

May 10, 2008

photo of Victor RochaOn Saturday, May 10, 2008 at approximately 9:30 p.m., 19-year-old suspect, Victor Rocha, was taken into custody by Mesa Police after committing an armed carjacking, colliding into a garage and leading officers on a foot chase.

At 9:20 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, Mesa Police responded to a fast food restaurant in the area of McKellips and Country Club reference a carjacking that had just occurred. When police arrived, they contacted a 35-year-old while male victim who stated he was inside of 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck talking on the cell phone with the windows rolled down in the parking lot of the restaurant, when he noticed an unknown male walk up to his window. The victim stated the man pulled out a sawed off shotgun from his waistband, pointed it at the victim, ordered him to get out of the vehicle and lay face down on the ground. The suspect then got into the victim's truck and drove off.

The victim provided police with a detailed description of the vehicle and shortly after the vehicle description was voiced over the police radio, two officers who were on active detailed patrol, observed the described victim's vehicle in the area of Main Street and Country Club. The officers followed the vehicle into an apartment complex and activated their lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop. Rocha, who was driving the truck, did not stop and attempted to evade police. While fleeing from police, Rocha collided into a garage inside the apartment complex property. After the collision, Rocha ran out of the truck on foot and jumped over a wall into a nearby residential backyard. The two officers chased Rocha on foot. Rocha did not comply with the officers commands to stop and was resisting arrest. One of the officer deployed his Taser and struck Rocha in the upper back. While taking Rocha into custody he stated to police," I needed the money for my kid," and "The shotgun is in the truck."

After being identified as the male who carjacked and pointed the gun at the victim, Rocha was booked for one count of Armed Robbery, one count of Criminal Damage, one count of Prohibited Weapon Possessor, and one count of Resisting Arrest.

A great job was done by the two Mesa Police officers who were actively vigilant and took Rocha into custody.



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