Goodyear Police arrested Lisa Gomez from Phoenix on Tuesday on suspicion of persecutionand kidnap a couple at Desert Diamond Casino West Valley on January 13th.
Gomez’s arrest comes after Isaac Gonzalez was arrested in connection with the same crime on January 15. Another suspect has not yet been found by the police.
Gomez, 28, has been charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, drug possession and aggravated robbery.
Police: Suspects followed couples in the casino and to Goodyear
According to court records, Gomez, Gonzalez and the third suspect are suspected of following the victims, a couple, through the Desert Diamond Casino on the Tohono O’odham Indian reservation near Glendaleat 2:30 am, then follow the couple out of the parking lot in a Chevrolet Malibu and Nissan Titan.
The victims stopped near Thomas Road and 144th Avenue in Goodyear when emergency lights came on Gonzalez’s Malibu, which they believed was an unmarked police vehicle. A stolen Nissan Titan being driven by the third suspect Wrapped up in victim’s car and prevented from leaving home, according to court records.
The suspects forcibly removed the victims, handcuffing one and handcuffing the otherCable ties. The victimswere forced into the back seat of their own BMW SUV, and the perpetrators stole the vehicle with them inside.
In the documents, police said the suspects threatened victims with a gun if they did not show their debit cards and personal ID. The victims were hunched over in the vehicle with their medical masks pulled over their eyes.
The suspects drove the couple to different banks and at least one ATM transaction defrauded the couple of $ 600. The woman also reported 120,000 Japanese yen stolen, which is about $ 1,100.
The suspects got out of the car and released the victims in the Lincoln Street and 31st Avenue area near downtown Phoenix around 5 a.m. where they drove to a nearby supermarket to call 911 when their phones were stolen.
Casino surveillance video, cell phone records lead to arrests
Goodyear Police received a surveillance video from the casino showing the driversof the suspicious vehicles that follow the victims in the casino and identify Gonzalez as the owner of the Malibu based on the license plate.
Police tracked Gonzalez’s cell phone and found the location coincided with both the casino and the bank, and the ATM was successfully withdrawn.
Gonzalez was arrested at his Phoenix residence and the Malibu was confiscated.
When Gonzalez tracked down a cell phone, he located the titanium used in the crime and found Gomez in the passenger seat with a man who is the third suspect and her boyfriend.
Phoenix police tried to overtake the Titan, but he fled. Police and helicopters followed the vehicle until the two fled on foot and Gomez was arrested. The third suspect was not found.
Gomez denied involvement in the incident, but told police there were drugs in the car.
The police found blue pills in the vehicle, which were believed to be fentanyl, and a cell phone that was used in the crime against her with texts about buying the drugs.
According to police, Gomez is suspected of stealing wallets, credit cards, smartphones and at least $ 3,000.
Gomez was charged with drug possession in 2016. She pleaded guilty and faced a trial on January 14th. Court documents dated Jan. 14 said the hearing was pushed back due to the defendant’s COVID-19 symptoms. As of 2020, she was charged with car theft.
According to ABC15, Gonzalez was a documented member of Wet Back Power 31st Avenue and the Border Brothers gangs that operate in the location where the victims were released.
Gomez has been ruled on bail and is in jail until her next appearance on February 11th.
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