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Phoenix community on edge after string of driveway attacks

Posted at 4:37 AM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 12:07:44-04

PHOENIX — It started after 2:00 a.m. Sunday.

Two men wearing masks and driving a black Chevy Cruz were canvassing several south Phoenix neighborhoods, looking for anyone outside according to Phoenix Police.

The suspects allegedly spotted one woman sitting in her car off 47th Avenue and Baseline Road and walked up to her vehicle pointing a gun at the driver's side window.

“I got a knock on the door around 2 in the morning and Anna was just screaming at the top of her lungs," Angela Karadeema said. The victim ran to her home just moments after the robbery.

Court records state the female victim was forced out of her car and told to lie on the ground while one man reached in for her purse then took off.

The victim later told police the suspect was wearing a red bandanna over his face, and black-framed glasses.

Two hours later, a similar incident occurred.

A man sitting in his car outside his home off 7th Avenue and Southern was approached from behind.

"The victim handed this male $200," according to court records, and demanded the keys to his car, but the suspect gave them back before leaving.

Just before 6:00 a.m., a third man was held at gunpoint.

Adrian Garcia said he had just gotten home from a friend's house when he heard a knock on his window.

“At first I was wondering I was like who is this is a joke or something?" he said.

Garcia calmly complied with the man's demands, got out of the car, emptied his pockets, and watched the man with the red bandanna pull his car out of the driveway.

“The first thing I did was a grab my phone and I called 911,” Garcia said.

The terrifying encounter was caught on Garcia's home surveillance cameras.

Phoenix police later spotted Garcia's stolen car on Baseline Road.

"Officers attempted to stop the victim's vehicle. The vehicle reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour," according to court documents. "Due to the danger being caused to the public, the vehicle was not followed."

Officers got a call just after 10:00 a.m. Another driver spotted the car again, this time, at Prado Park off 19th Avenue and Van Buren. The car was abandoned by the two men seen on Garcia's security cameras, but the caller followed the suspects until officers arrived.

The man wearing the bandanna was identified as 23-year-old Joseph Korbeh by the driver also seen on video.

"As officers were detaining the males, [he] spontaneously told officers that Joseph was the person responsible for the armed robberies," the report added.

Korbeh's arrest report says this is his third arrest. In May, he was picked up on 5 armed robbery charges, two aggravated assault charges and two theft charges for stealing a vehicle.

“Just be aware of your surroundings and be safe out there," said Garcia, adding this as a lesson to himself and others to keep an eye out, even right outside your door.

It's unclear if the second man involved in the armed robberies was also arrested.