Burglary Leads to Homicide

January 4, 2012

On January 3 at 9:55pm, the Mesa Police Department received an emergency call from a resident in the 2700 block of S. Date reporting a shooting at the address. Upon arrival, officers located two gunshot victims inside the home. The reporting party, sixty-nine-year-old Jerry Patty, sustained a gunshot wound to the right elbow. The second victim, twenty-four-year-old Marialuisa Alvarez, sustained a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Alvarez was pronounced deceased at the scene. It was determined the two shooting victims, along with two others present, reside at the home. Also present when the incident occurred were Jerry Patty's wife and a 3-year-old child belonging to Alvarez.

Jerry Patty told officers he was inside the residence when he heard Alvarez yelling at someone. He went to investigate and observed a male subject in Alvarez's bedroom. The male, described as white or light-colored Hispanic, was wearing a black ski mask. The male approached Patty and Patty put his hand up to stop him. The male suspect then fired one gunshot that struck Patty. The gunshot grazed Patty's abdomen, struck his elbow, then struck Alvarez. Investigators believe Alvarez was standing somewhere behind Patty when this occurred. Patty's wife reported seeing two masked men inside the residence.

Responding officers set up a permieter in the area and tracked the suspect by use of police K-9s. As officers searched the vicinity to the north, a trial of potential evidentiary items were found outside of several homes. In the backyard of a residented in the 400 block of West Mendoza, a police K-9 alerted on a large rubber container. The police K-9 apprehended a white male, wearing sho shoes, inside the container. Witin the same container, officers located a semi-automatic pistol. The male subject was identified as Wesley Wailes. Wailes was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

During an interview, Wailes told detectives that he and an unidentified accomplice entered the home on S. Date through an unsecured door, to commit a burglary. He said he and the accomplice wore a ski mask and gloves. Inside, he proceeded to take items of value from the residence. Wailes said Alvarez began yelling at his accomplice because she found him taking her purse. This alerted an older male (Jerry Patty) to investigate and confront Wailes. Wailes said his accomplice fled, but his path was blocked by Patty. Wailes said he had a gun in his hand and proceeded to fire one shot at Jerry Patty. He said his intent was to scare Patty. Wailes said he then fled from the residence through the front door. Wailes is acquainted with Alvarez's boyfriend, who lives at the reisdence. Walies admitted he planned the burglary, because he knew Alvarez's boyfriend would not be home. He was also aware of items, he considered valuable, present inside the home. Wailes said he did not intent to kill anyone.

Wailes was booked on one court of each: 1st degree murder; 1st degree burglary; aggravated assault; misconduct involving weapons, and endangerment.











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