SILENT WITNESS

Phoenix police looking for suspects who assaulted woman, set man on fire

Oct 24, 2022, 1:00 PM

(Unsplash Photo)...

(Unsplash Photo)

(Unsplash Photo)

This article originally appeared Jan. 6, 2020.

There are monsters roaming our streets. That’s the only way these suspects can be described after their horrific crimes.

Our first case takes us to a neighborhood near Thomas Road and 57th Avenue on April 14, 2013.

“At 5:30 on a Sunday morning, an 89-year-old woman got a knock on her door,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Darren Burch said.

She didn’t recognize the man but thought it might be her neighbor so she opened the door.

“The suspect forced his way in, immediately began beating the woman then sexually assaulted her,” said Burch.

The man took nothing from the house when he finally left. Police say the man is a sexual predator whose only intention was to beat and rape the woman.

The victim survived.


Our next case happened on Sunday, April 13, 2014, near 35th Avenue and Buckeye Road. It was 8 p.m. and a homeless man was walking along the street.

He was stopped by a man riding in an older model sedan.

“The passenger in the vehicle said something to the victim who then came closer to the car,” Burch said. “That’s when some kind of accelerant was thrown on the man and he was lit on fire.”

The homeless man stumbled to an alley and collapsed. He survived but had burns over the entire upper half of his body.

Silent Witness

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

Jayme West

Phoenix police looking for suspects in separate 2016 aggravated robberies

Phoenix police are looking for suspects in two separate cases -- a robbery and an assault.

6 hours ago

Picture of the Mitsubishi Montero that Phoenix police suspect hit an 11-year-old girl in a crosswal...

Damon Allred

Hit-and-run suspect sought in Phoenix after injuring child walking in crosswalk

Officers are searching for a hit-and-run suspect who hit an 11-year-old girl walking in a school crosswalk on Friday, Phoenix PD said.

9 days ago

26th Street and Camelback Road, where an e-scooter rider was struck and killed by an unknown suspec...

Damon Allred

Suspect sought in fatal hit-and-run of e-scooter rider in Phoenix

Detectives are searching for the suspect of a hit-and-run that killed a man riding an e-scooter in Phoenix on Wednesday.

17 days ago

Robbin Burgette and crime lab....

Jayme West

Phoenix cold case: Decades after teen murdered at home, police are still searching for answers

It's been more than 46 years since a 16-year-old girl was killed in her family's Phoenix duplex, leaving behind a trail of unanswered questions that continue to haunt both her loved ones and the detectives tasked with solving the case. 

19 days ago

David Santiago was killed after partying at a club in 2012.(Silent Witness and Pexels photos)...

Jayme West

Phoenix police looking for suspects in 2012 death of young man at club

It's been over 11 years since a Valley mom has tried to piece together who killed her son while he was out partying at a club. 

28 days ago

(Silent Witness photos)...

Jayme West

Unsolved mystery: Young woman fatally shot in Phoenix parking lot in 2011

Phoenix Police are seeking help from the public in reinvigorating a cold homicide case from 2011.

1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

Phoenix police looking for suspects who assaulted woman, set man on fire