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Police: Man accused of two armed robberies in Surprise arrested in Ahwatukee

PD: Man arrested in Ahwatukee for robberies
Posted at 3:52 PM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-01 13:17:22-05

Police say a man accused in two armed robberies in Surprise was arrested in Ahwatukee Thursday.

Police were called to an apartment complex near 48th Street and Ray Road after learning that a suspect with an outstanding warrant was in the area.

The suspect, 22-year-old Jaison Simpson, was taken into custody for allegedly robbing two convenience stores in Surprise. 

The first incident happened on Oct. 27. Simpson allegedly robbed a Chevron store near Bell and El Mirage roads. On Oct. 31, he is accused of robbing a Circle K near Grand Avenue and Greenway Road.

While authorities were taking Simpson into custody Thursday, flash bangs were used, officials said.

A woman who lives in the apartment unit authorities entered told ABC15 that she met Simpson through a mutual friend recently. She wanted to help him and gave him a place to stay. The woman says she was unaware police were searching for him.

"He never told me anything," Deanna Palenbaum said.

Palenbaum says she discovered authorities were in her apartment by watching the ABC15 Facebook live stream. She realized it was her unit that officials were focused on.

"I trusted him because he didn't show me anything to not trust him," she explained.

Paulenbaum says she's disappointed someone would take advantage of her efforts to try and help.

"I [feel] extremely betrayed," she said. "I don't think I could ever look him in the face." 

Two DPS troopers were bitten by a law enforcement K9 during the incident. One trooper was taken to the hospital for injuries and the other was treated at the scene. Both troopers are expected to be OK.

Simpson is facing multiple charges, including two counts of armed robbery.