Security guard shot in Glendale identified, suspect still sought

Posted at 12:48 PM, Aug 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 20:23:32-04

Glendale police are looking for a suspect who reportedly shot an apartment complex security guard on August 5.

Officers were called to a complex near 59th Avenue and Bethany Home Road around 2 a.m. for reports of shots fired.

"I was sleeping when I heard the popping sounds, like firecrackers, that's what it sounded like," said Carolyn Crawford, who has lived in the apartment complex for more than 12 years.

She described it as a safe place, but added that many residents had been complaining about the lack of lighting on their side of the complex.

Sergeant Scott Waite, a spokesman for the Glendale Police Department credited Tony Valencia’s bullet proof vest for saving his life.

"The vest covers down to the lower abdomen area, he was struck in the lower torso," said Waite.

Valley Wide Security released the following statement to ABC15 on Monday, "Tony (Valencia), like other guards, sacrifice being at home overnight with their loved ones, to protect the lives and property of others. As the good citizens in the community rely on us, we now lean on you for help in finding justice for Tony.”

Waite said Valencia did a great job in describing the suspect. The man they are looking for is described as a black man, 5'9" and about 200 pounds. Police said he had a mustache and a scar under one eye.

If you know anything, contact local police or silent witness at 480-WITNESS immediately.