Twins change identities to confuse Valley police

GLENDALE, AZ - Glendale police are now confirming the man shot by one of their officers last week is Stephen Ross.

There was confusion about who the man was after authorities discovered Ross has a twin brother and the two often swapped identities.

The County Attorney's Office said the two brothers not only swapped lives, the crimes they committed were nearly identical.

Police said the brothers often carried each other's ID's, producing the wrong one when stopped or arrested.

Last fall, Stephen was arrested on charges of felony burglary, forgery, and ID theft. He posted bail, but instead of showing up to his arraignment, his twin brother Michael showed up instead.

Michael was taken into custody because the courts thought he was Stephen. Authorities said that's when Michael confessed they had the wrong twin brother.

"He then told the courts he was not Stephen Wayne Ross, but Michael Shane Ross. And a bond for him was then set and an arrest warrant then issued for Stephen Wayne Ross," said County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

But it didn't happen quickly. Jerry Cobb a spokesperson with the County Attorney's office said, "The court still believed they had the right guy, so the indictment was re-written as Stephen AKA Michael."  

Montgomery said the twins' father showed up and asked to have the hearing moved saying he would get his son Stephen to turn himself in.

An arrest warrant was then put out for Stephen.

But last week when a fugitive task force in Glendale tried to serve an arrest warrant, officers said Stephen tried to get away by ramming several police cars. Officers opened fire, shooting and killing him.

Officials said Stephen was not in jail because his twin was in custody and he failed to ever appear in court and had not been taken into custody by law enforcement prior to the shooting

Michael is still in custody facing charges from another case.

Authorities said he has multiple cases pending in both Maricopa and Yuma counties.

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