Tempe Police: Man enters trailer park, robs former classmate

Tempe Police reported the following incidents Wednesday:

  • An 18-year old Tempe man was arrested Jan. 10 on suspicion of an armed robbery that happened in October, according to a police report.The man said he went to a trailer park on the 4600 block of South Priest Road with his cousin, police said.

    While police interviewed him, the man said the he and his cousin intended to rob someone in the trailer park and brought a kitchen knife with a 6-inch blade with them, the report said.


    The man told police his cousin gave him a knife when they got to the trailer park, police said.

    Once in the trailer park, the man approached a former classmate from Tempe High School, placed the knife to his throat and demanded that he give him his cell phone, the report said.

    When his former classmate refused, the man tossed the knife and began to punch him in the face after the two were wrestling on the ground, police said.

    The man gave police no explanation as to why he chose to rob his former classmate, the report said.

    The man was temporarily held at Tempe City Jail, then transported and booked into Maricopa County Jail.

  • A 36-year old Tempe man was arrested Jan. 12 at the 1100 block of East Baseline Road on suspicion of being a fugitive from justice and dangerous drug possession, according to a police report.Police contacted the man during a traffic stop, and he gave them his state-issued identification card, police said.

    Tempe Police dispatchers told the officers on scene that the man had an outstanding city of Mesa warrant, according to the report. He was arrested and detained on site, the report stated.

    During a search of the vehicle, police discovered a clear plastic bag between the passenger seat and center console of the vehicle where the man was seated, police said.

    Police tested the bag and it tested positive for crystal meth, according to the report.

    The man said that the crystal meth was his and that he had purchased it earlier in the day for $60 and estimated that the quantity was roughly two grams, police said.

    The man was transported to Tempe City Jail, where he was booked and held too see a judge, according to the report.

Reports compiled by Adam Halleck

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