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Phoenix police searching for suspect in violent rape case

Phoenix police are searching for a suspect in a violent rape case.

The suspect attacked an elderly female security guard at 9:40 p.m. February 12 at Ventana Apartments near McDowell and 71st Avenue.

The suspect attacked the woman from behind and attempted to push her into a vehicle while removing several items of her clothing.

During her escape, the woman fell to the ground before the man began slamming her head into the curb repeatedly. Neighbors noticed the woman’s cry for help and called police as the suspect escaped toward McDowell Road.

The man was described as an English-speaking Hispanic male, approximately 21-years-old with brown hair and brown eyes. The suspect is reported to have been wearing a light blue or grey sweatshirt and long jean shorts.


Tempe police are searching for two suspects who are suspected of stealing a backflow device from a Chevron gas station located at 825 East Apache Blvd. in Tempe around 9:45 a.m. on February 7.

The men pulled into the Chevron in a mid-’90s black Ford Mustang with a red stripe on the hood and chrome wheels. They parked the vehicle next to the backflow device and popped the hood.

Suspect #1, a 5’10” man wearing a black hoodie with light colored star shaped logo on the front, kicked the device until it broke. The two men then took off with the device.

If you have any information regarding either case, contact Silent Witness at 480-948-6377 or leave an anonymous tip on the website at silentwitness.org.