Police: Mesa residents capture fleeing hit and run suspect that left two injured

Posted at 2:17 PM, Sep 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-29 08:23:09-04

Mesa residents were able to render aid to victims and detain an alleged hit-and-run crash suspect.   

Court records show that on September 16, residents near University and Stapley drives heard a collision on the road and gave medical aid to three people involved in the crash. One of the people refused their assistance and ran off. One resident chased him and detained him for police. 

Mesa police report that 23-year-old Juan Diego Baltazar was traveling in a pickup truck at a high rate of speed on Stapley Road when he collided with a minivan.

The two people in the minivan were injured. The woman suffering facial fractures and the man had broken ribs and a neck hemorrhage. 

Police say residents in the area who heard the collision, rendered aid to the victims, but Baltazar ran from the scene. One resident chased him down and held him there until police arrived. 

Baltazar reportedly admitted to drinking eight beers and smoking marijuana earlier that morning. 

He also allegedly told police that he made "A stupid decision," and that he wanted help.

Batlazar has been charged with endangerment, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an injury accident.