ABC15 breaks news of arrest to suspect's dad

Posted at 11:10 PM, Sep 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-19 02:10:37-04
Police arrested a man Friday for a string of seemingly random freeway shootings in Phoenix, adding that they had linked the man's gun to four of the 11 cars hit.

Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., 21, was arrested at a Walmart in Glendale about 7 p.m., said Daniel Scarpinato, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey.

ABC15 was first to break the news to Leslie Merritt Sr., the suspect's father.

Merritt Jr.doesn’t live with his father anymore and had yet to booked, let alone make a jailhouse phone call when his father was given the news.

Without knowing why his son had been arrested, Merritt Sr. yelled in shock. 

After taking a moment to compose himself he told ABC15 that his son is innocent.

"They're a bunch of morons” Merritt said. "I’ve got plenty to say on his behalf, whoever thinks he did this is f***ing moron! Have a good night."


Merritt Sr. has a lengthy felony rap-sheet himself including a weapons violation.

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