On Sunday evening, Phoenix Police Officers arrested four (4) people suspected of robbing a Walmart over the weekend. According to Phoenix Police Sergeant Tommy Thompson, on Sunday at approximately 7 p.m., three (3) people in a stolen Chevrolet pickup truck parked in an alley behind the Walmart at 35th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. These three people then entered the Walmart, stole $1500 in electronic equipment and attempted to leave the store through a fire escape. Two (2) Walmart employees confronted the robbers as they were leaving the store; however, the employees backed away when one of the robbers appeared to reach in his waistband for a gun. The three (3) robbers then fled the scene in the stolen pickup truck. Phoenix Police pursued the pickup truck in patrol cars until a Police helicopter took over the pursuit. According to Police, in an attempt to mislead the helicopter and surveillance team, the robbers abandoned the pickup truck in the Deck Park Tunnel on Interstate Ten (10) and entered a 2003 Hyundai driven by a fourth suspect. At approximately 9 p.m., the Hyundai hit a curb at 35th Avenue and Bethany Home Road causing the airbags to deploy and forcing the suspects to flee on foot. When Police arrested the four (4) suspects, they found a handgun in the Hyundai and recovered the stolen property from the pickup truck. Forty-nine-year-old (49) Richard Baralas Martinez, twenty-four-year-old (24) Stephanie Kirk, and forty-six-year-old (46) Christine Diane Valdivia were arrested for unlawful means of transportation and armed robbery. Forty-six-year-old (46) Robert Soto Alvarez was arrested for unlawful means of transportation, unlawful flight from law enforcement, armed robbery and possession of burglary tools.
According to Arizona Revised Statute § 28-622.01, unlawful flight from law enforcement is defined as “A driver of a motor vehicle who willfully flees or attempts to elude a pursuing official law enforcement vehicle.” Under Arizona law, unlawful flight from law enforcement is a Class 5 felony. Penalties for unlawful flight from law enforcement may include probation, up to one year in jail or up to 2.5 years in prison for a first offense. For the second offense, the penalties for unlawful flight from law enforcement may include up to 3.75 years in prison. Finally, for the third offense, the penalties for unlawful flight from law enforcement may include up to 7.5 years in prison.
If you are facing felony charges for unlawful flight from law enforcement, contact the defense lawyers at the Law Firm Oracle Law Group P.C today!