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Phoenix police looking for pedestrian who pointed gun at driver

Suspect in Aug. 12 aggravated assault case (Phoenix Police Photo)

You might call this “road rage,” although the person in trouble wasn’t in a car. It happened in the middle of afternoon rush hour on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at 24th Street and Thomas Road.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Jamie Rothschild says a driver was turning left in the intersection. “The driver was trying to make the turn and it’s possible he didn’t realize the pedestrian was in the crosswalk and he almost hit him,” he said.

The guy in the crosswalk pulled out a gun and pointed it at the driver.

“The victim stopped the car right there,” says Rothschild. “And the pedestrian/suspect took off, ran inside a restaurant and ultimately snuck out the back door.”

The pedestrian is now wanted for aggravated assault. Rothschild says surveillance cameras inside the restaurant got a good picture of him, but a witness would be even more helpful.

Learn more about the case here.


Next: Officers responding to calls of a body in the road at Van Buren Street and 25th Avenue found 22-year-old Jose Alberto Gomez.

Jose Alberto Gomez (Phoenix Police Photo)

“He was obviously deceased,” says Phoenix Police Detective Mike Fischer.

Gomez had been shot multiple times.

It happened late Sunday night, July 14, 2019.

Fischer says, “He lived about a half-mile away from where he was found. Forty minutes prior, he’d been seen by some of his neighbors and it seemed like everything was okay.”

Gomez was from Honduras and had no family in the Valley. Investigators would like to talk to anyone who knew him or worked with him to try to find more information about him.

Learn more about the case here.

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