Police: Mesa shooting suspect kidnaps woman for ride to friend's home

Police: Mesa shooting suspect kidnaps woman for ride to friend's home
Posted at 11:30 AM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-30 14:34:28-04

A Mesa shooting suspect reportedly broke into a woman's home and forced her to drive him to a friend's house.

Mesa Police report that on May 22, a man was shot in the chest outside of his apartment near Baseline and Higley roads. Police say surgeons spent five hours removing .40-caliber bullet fragments from the victim's body.

At the scene, police located several spent casings and a back cover plate from a flip phone.

Police say a few hours later, at the same apartment complex, a woman returned home with her three children, all under 12 years old, and found a man, subsequently identified as 39-year-old Andre Demonte Holmes, inside.

Holmes stole clothing belonging to the woman’s husband and demanded that the victim drive him to a friend's home. Fearing for herself, and her children, the woman complied. In her home, police later found the broken phone and .40-caliber bullets. 

Police were able to determine that the phone belonged to Holmes, who had been arrested in April on drug charges. After seeing a photo of Holmes, the woman identified him as the man who kidnapped her. 

Holmes, who was wearing an electronic monitoring device, was located by police the next day. He was arrested near Alma School Road and Main Street.

Holmes is expecting to be charged with aggravated assault, burglary and kidnapping.