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 doctor.
"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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