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Mesa police arrest suspect accused of going on 4-day crime spree

Guillermo Reyes (Mesa police photo)

PHOENIX — Mesa police have arrested a suspect accused of going on a crime spree that lasted four days, authorities announced Monday.

Guillermo Reyes, 34, was arrested Friday at a hotel in Chandler and booked on 19 felony charges that included armed robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, theft and kidnapping.

Authorities said Reyes committed the crimes between Sept. 29 and Oct. 2 in Mesa and Chandler.

Reyes’ crime spree began at about 6:45 p.m. on Sept. 29 when he allegedly shot at least 12 rounds at two individuals outside Diamond Sports Grill located near University Drive and Second Street in Mesa.

The victims suffered minor injuries and told police they didn’t know why the suspect, described as a short, stocky Hispanic male who was wearing a blue Los Angeles Dodgers cap and fled in a black Cadillac Escalade, shot at them.

About 30 minutes later, police were alerted to an armed robbery of a purple Mercedes C320 near Mesa Drive and Brown Road, less than two miles from the location of the first incident.

Police found the black Escalade abandoned at the location where the Mercedes was stolen.

When taking the report for the stolen Mercedes, police said three individuals approached them and told them Reyes attempted to rob them at gunpoint and steal a Ford Escape but left when the vehicle wouldn’t start.

Almost 45 minutes later, Reyes allegedly robbed Tom’s BBQ, located at McClintock Drive and McKellips Road, at knifepoint.

Police said they found the stolen Mercedes, discarded food containers from Tom’s BBQ and Reyes’ fingerprints in the intersection of Guadalupe Road and Springwood Boulevard at about midnight.

The next day, Reyes allegedly stole a GMC Sierra truck at gunpoint near Center and 14th streets at about 6:30 p.m.

Police recovered a backpack and a blue Dodgers cap from the scene.

The following day at about 4:20 p.m., police recovered the Sierra near Erie and Hartford streets in Chandler and said they found Reyes’ fingerprints inside.

Shortly after, police said Reyes robbed a man at gunpoint near where they found the stolen Sierra.

Reyes allegedly forced the victim to give him his clothes and left his old clothes behind.

Reyes then allegedly stole a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee at gunpoint outside the Fry’s Grocery Store located at Ray and Dobson roads at about 5 p.m.

Police said Reyes followed that up by driving to Mesa and stealing an Infiniti Q40 at gunpoint, leaving behind the Grand Cherokee.

The owner of the Infiniti reported to police that the suspect who stole the car had also stolen credit cards and was using them around metro Phoenix.

Video surveillance shows Reyes using the cards, according to police.

Police said that following Reyes’ arrest, they recovered a handgun with ammunition that matched a round found at the scene of the shooting at Diamond Sports Grill in Mesa.

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