Sheriff Joe Arpaio Announces Arrest Of Two ‘Copycat’ Suspects in Wake of Phoenix Freeway Shootings

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

On Sunday, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead announced the arrest of two “copycat” suspects allegedly tied to shattered windows at SR 24 and Ellsworth on Saturday night.

Breitbart News previously reported that director Milstead believed “projectiles,” rather than bullets, had been used in some of the 11 attacks that took place in Phoenix between August 29 and September 10. The copycat incident on Saturday night illustrated how projectiles might be used inasmuch as the suspects allegedly came up beside the car and “used a slingshot and granite rocks” to break a window.

According to Tucson News Now, Sheriff Arpaio announced the arrests by praising the victims for having the wherewithal to remember all the information they could on the suspects. “The victims were smart enough to get the license plate of the vehicle that pulled up alongside,” he said.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, DPS, and Mesa Police worked together to find and apprehend the teens who “admitted shooting at  six pedestrians and seven vehicles from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday.” The suspects were “booked into jail on charges of criminal damage and conspiracy.”

Director Milstead made clear that he does not believe the Saturday incidents are tied to the 11 freeway shootings in any way other than a copycat fashion.

“We don’t think what happened on the east side is anything related to what we have going on the west side,” he said. “These are just some kids out thinking that maybe they could come up with some good idea.”

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