Pursuit suspect still in hospital, wife arrested

Posted at 12:18 PM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 21:40:50-04

A man wanted in a southern Arizona hit-and-run accident remains hospitalized in the Valley after being injured in the crash of a pickup truck following a police pursuit.

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Mesa police Detective Steve Berry says information isn't available yet on what charges 31-year-old Joshua Monigold will face in connection with the Thursday incidents, but new details are emerging about his involvement in the March 19 hit-and-run. 

Marana police said Manigold was driving his own red pickup when he struck another vehicle near Tangerine and Twin Peaks roads. He fled the scene on foot and stole a white Dodge truck, which is what he was driving during Thursday's pursuit in the East Valley.

Police were tipped off to his location in Mesa after receiving reports from the public. It is unclear what he was doing in the area on Thursday. 

Monigold suffered unspecified injuries when the pickup he was driving crashed on Interstate 10 on the southern outskirts of the Phoenix area.

According to police, the crash concluded a pursuit during which Manigold attempted unsuccessfully to steal a motorcycle from another man. That man fought Monigold, who then drove off again in the pickup.

Marana police said once Manigold is released from the hospital, they plan to charge him with hit-and-run, aggravated assault, endangerment, theft of a vehicle and prohibited possessor.

Police on Thursday also arrested Manigold's wife, 35-year-old April Monigold, at a Tucson LA Fitness club. She was charged with two felony counts of being a passenger in a stolen vehicle and facilitation in connection with her husband's hit-and-run.