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Suspects running from Phoenix-area cops hop fence into police station

PHOENIX — You read that headline right: Two suspects running from police decided to hop over a fence Friday in an attempt to shake officers off their tails.

The problem? The property they jumped into was part of a Peoria Police Department station.

“This incident serves as a reminder that you should never run from the police and, if you do, do not run into a secure parking lot of a police station,” spokesman Brandon Sheffert said in an email.

Officers were called to a gas station near Happy Valley Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway about 6 p.m. Friday for a possible shoplifting.

When officers pulled into the lot, the suspects — 28-year-old Marwan Al Ebadi and 29-year-old Salma Hourieh — allegedly ran from the gas station on foot directly toward the station.

Al Ebadi and Hourieh ran along the side of the building and hopped the fence, despite a large sign that read “Peoria Police” over the front doors.

Video showed that Hourieh hid under a bench before she was placed in handcuffs, while Al Ebadi climbed back over the fence and was arrested in the street.

Al Ebadi and Hourieh were both charged with shoplifting, trespassing in a critical public safety building and drug charges.

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