“This is so sad. This is really and truly a good kid.”
Phoenix Police Sergeant Darren Burch can’t help but get
emotional talking about the murder of 18 year old Jonathan
Peters. Jonathan was working two summer jobs as he
prepared to start college in the fall. He planned to be a
“He was a stand-out at Buckeye High School, played 4 years
of football, was very, very involved with his church and
was the middle child of five children,” says Sgt. Burch.
On Saturday, June 2nd, 2012, at about 3:30 in the morning,
Jonathan and his two female cousins went to McDonalds to
get some food. When they got home, they realized Jonathan
didn’t get his food. So they all jump back in the car and
headed back to McDonalds. While driving south on 75th
Avenue north of Thomas, three men walking down the street
opened fire on the car, killing Jonathan.
Sgt. Burch says, “He really was a good kid. What a loss
for our community.”
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Our next crime happened just two miles away on Wednesday,
June 13th, 2012, at about 7 in the morning.
“It’s also involves a McDonalds, but is completely
unrelated to our last case,” says Sgt. Burch.
A man in his early twenties walked into the busy dining
room and spotted a 65 year old woman.
Sgt Burch says “he walks past her once, then starts
walking towards here again and this time grabs her purse.
The woman hangs on, fighting for her purse. As she fell
to the ground, the guy literally dragged her across the
floor, breaking her finger.”
He ran to a waiting vehicle in the parking lot and got
away. Sgt. Burch says this crime wasn’t just brazen, it
was cowardly – attacking a 65 year old woman.
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