PD: Police use customer's video of robbery to link suspect to crime

Posted at 11:50 AM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 13:50:40-05

Court records show that a man entered a Whataburger to commit a robbery, but little did he know a customer's video of the crime would lead to his arrest. 

Police report that on September 16, a customer saw a man, later identified as 36-year-old Phillip Michael Camou, pulling a mask over his face as he entered the Whataburger near 75th Avenue and McDowell Road.

The customer began recording the events on his cell phone. The video reportedly shows the suspect demanding money from the clerk. The video also revealed a distinctive emblem on the grip of the gun and sleeve length tattoos on both arms of the suspect. There were also 'Leopard style' spots on the back of the suspect's left arm.  

Another customer yelled out the license plate number of the suspect's vehicle as he left. This was also on the recording.

Police say they later located the car which was stolen out of Glendale.

Police arrested two people in that car that were not related to the robbery, but they did recover the weapon used, a .45 caliber handgun with a skull emblem on the grip.

Police were able to pull a fingerprint from the car that matched Camou. His Department of Corrections photos showed sleeve-length tattoos on both arms and 'leopard spots' on the back of his left arm. 

On November 9, police learned Camou was arrested for an unrelated incident. 

He has now been charged with armed robbery and weapons misconduct.