PHOENIX - One of two men suspected in a jewelry store robbery that escalated into an officer-involved shooting Friday was arrested Wednesday.
Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said 23-year-old Jonathon Corrales admitted his involvement in the armed robbery at the jewelry store and also admitted his involvement in shooting at pursuing officers.
Police responded to a call of shots being fired at the store near 44th Street and Thomas Road just before 3 p.m. last Friday.
Martos said a Hispanic male suspect entered the jewelry store and asked to view some of the merchandise on display.
He reportedly obtained some items and asked for more jewelry, but the employees did not provide any additional merchandise believing the suspect would flee with it.
One of the employees was able to lock the front door before the suspect made his escape, said Martos.
According to police, the suspect was unable to get out, retrieved a gun, and shot out the front window to the business.
He then reportedly climbed through the shattered front window.
A witness in the area was able to provide a description of the second suspect and their get-away vehicle, which fled the area.
Officers located the suspect vehicle in the area of 12th Street and Virginia. It was occupied by two Hispanic males.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver apparently failed to yield. Officers then initiated a pursuit.
The suspects reportedly fled through the neighborhood and made it to the southbound access road to State Route 51 at Thomas Road.
As officers rounded the corner, one of the suspects was leaning out the passenger side of the vehicle and was observed sitting on the passenger side door, said Martos.
Martos said this suspect fired multiple rounds from a shotgun at pursuing police officers. No citizens were injured.
An officer behind the suspect had to pull over after his Chevrolet Tahoe was struck by gunfire.
Rounds struck the front bumper and windshield of his vehicle.
The officer sustained minor injuries.
The second police vehicle was not struck by gunfire, however due to a mechanical failure they were unable to continue their pursuit and stopped to render aid to the first officer.
Martos said the suspect vehicle continued southbound on SR 51 and was last seen in the area of the Loop 202 and 44th Street.
Officers later located the suspect vehicle, an older model Chevrolet Monte Carlo, abandoned near 44th and Van Buren streets.
A search of the area was conducted, but both suspects remained at large until Wednesday’s arrest of Corrales.
Corrales was charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault, Drive-by Shooting, Armed Robbery, and Weapons violations.
Police are still looking for the driver of the vehicle. He has been identified as 25-year-old Adan Orduno.
He is described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 145 pounds, brown hair, and brown eyes. Police said he has a tattoo of unknown writing on the left side of his neck and a tattoo of three dots on his left hand.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Adan Orduno is strongly encouraged to call the Phoenix Police Department's Violent Crimes Bureau at 602.262.6141. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can contact Silent Witness at 480.WITNESS or 480.TESTIGO.
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