PD: Driver and 15-year-old suspect arrested in deadly Phoenix crash, two suspects at large

Posted at 8:18 AM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-01 11:48:14-04

Officials are looking for the suspects responsible for a deadly crash and robbery in Phoenix.

Phoenix police said on Thursday morning, just before 7:30 a.m., officers responded to a robbery in the area of 45th Street and Palm Lane. 

The victim told police she was approached by three girls, one who had a taser, and they demanded her purse. 

According to police, the victim gave up her purse and watched the suspects go to a nearby park. 

Officers responded to the park where they found a silver car with five people inside. An officer attempted to make contact with the suspects, but the male driver of the vehicle drove around a police car and fled the area. 

Shortly after, the suspect's vehicle failed to stop at a red light while traveling westbound on McDowell Road at 44th Street and collided with an SUV. The SUV lost control and hit a pedestrian that was standing in the median. The pedestrian, a 44-year-old woman, was transported to the hospital and was pronounced dead. She has not been identified at this time. 

The suspect's car continued to travel westbound and hit a city bus which was stopped at a bus stop at the intersection. There were no passengers on the bus and the bus driver was not injured. 

Two suspects, a male and female, ran from the scene of  the crash. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate them.

The driver of the vehicle and two juvenile female passengers were detained by officers at the scene. 

The driver has been identified as 18-year-old Brian Morales-Diaz. He has been booked into jail on a count of first degree murder, two counts of endangerment, a count of prohibited possessor, and felony flight.

Phoenix police say two of the suspects involved in the incident this morning are 12 and 15 years old.

Police say the 15-year-old female robbery suspect has been booked into jail on a count of first degree murder and a count of armed robbery. 

Residents in the area say this is not the first time they've heard about someone having their purse stolen in that neighborhood.

"It's been a couple times, yes, that I've heard the ladies talking in the park about it," said resident Roxanne Vitale. "They will drive by or something and literally snatch the purses off these women and then take off."

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