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One home's surveillance camera caught this image of a stranger in the backyard.

A Maricopa man has been arrested after accusations he broke into a Maricopa Meadows home while naked and reportedly on spice.


Al-Hakiem S. Towns, 38, was taken into custody by Maricopa Police officers on Sept. 18.


Towns allegedly entered the home of David James through a back patio door, possible a dog door, at 2:50 a.m. James was woken by his dogs and grabbed his gun, but the suspect exited the house through a front window, breaking the screen, according to the police report.


The homeowner’s surveillance camera captured an image of the man walking away, completely naked with a large tattoo on his back.


James called police, but he wasn’t the first. Another resident in the neighborhood had called police earlier when his 12-year-old daughter reported seeing a man standing in the backyard looking in through the glass door. He then ran off. He was described a black male wearing only green shorts.


The responding officers found clothing in the rear yard of a residence on Ranch Road along with a bottle of canola oil and a cell phone. When they powered up the phone, a picture of Towns was on the screen.


Police officers went to six homes, reporting all had a blood trail leading through the back yards. Residents had come outside to see what the noise was in their yards.


Police found Towns allegedly completely nude, standing front of a home on Meadows Lane and bleeding from his feet and legs.


Arresting officers reported Towns made the statement, “Every time I smoke spice this happens.”


“Spice” is synthetic cannabis. It is illegal in Arizona.


He faces charges of third-degree burglary, criminal trespass, criminal damage, disorderly conduct and voyeurism. He was transported to Chandler Regional Medical Center.

Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopans can play a round of golf and show their appreciation for local first responders at the same time.

Rosemary Quesenberry is hosting a “Silent Heroes” tournament on Oct. 30. All proceeds will be divided between the Maricopa Police Department and Maricopa Fire Department.

The tournament will be at The Duke, 42660 W. Rancho El Dorado Parkway. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m.

Cost is $75 per golfer and includes food after the event. There will be some silent auction items.

Sign up and pay directly to the pro shop at The Duke or mail your payment to The Duke, 42660 W. Rancho El Dorado Parkway. Payments must be received prior to Oct. 28. Groups that want to play together should submit payments together and advise the pro shop.


Andrique Holley

A Maricopa man already indicted on three counts of assault earlier this year now faces a charge of sexual assault stemming from a July 1 incident.

Andrique Holley, 36, has a preliminary hearing on the new charges scheduled for Friday in front of Pinal County Superior Court Judge Lawrence Wharton.

He is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old while she slept. Maricopa Police Department was called to the location around 4:40 p.m. The alleged victim was taken to the Mesa Police Department’s Family Advocacy Center while Maricopa Police officers searched for Holley.

At around 9:23, MPD found Holley hiding in a culvert under a nearby road. After he allegedly refused to comply with officers’ demands to come out of the culvert, MPD used the police K9 to remove him.

According to the police report, Holley had allegedly ingested four bottles of prescription drugs and a large amount of bleach before being found. He was transported to Chandler Regional Medical Center for dog bites and mental evaluation.

Hospital staff released Holley to MPD on July 6, and he was processed in Maricopa. According to the police report, he admitted to the assault. He said he left the home when confronted by the victim’s mother. He told police he took drugs and drank bleach to commit suicide.

He is being held in Pinal County Jail without bail on the sexual assault accusation.

He is also charged with probation violation, with a $1,000 bond.

Holley’s Maricopa troubles started Feb. 1 when he was arrested after a public fracas during which Holley was allegedly intoxicated and dragged a teenage girl to the ground in Glennwilde. That escalated into a fight with bystanders and his indictment on three felony charges and two misdemeanor charges.

A grand jury on Feb. 22 charged Holley with assault for injuring the girl, a Class 1 misdemeanor. He was charged with assault for touching and trying to injure another female, a Class 3 misdemeanor.

Because Holley allegedly punched a man trying to help the teen, “causing … severe laceration to his lip,” he was charged with aggravated assault, a Class 4 felony.

The grand jury also indicted Holley on a charge of resisting arrest and attempted aggravated assault on Officer Daniel Rauch, both Class 6 felonies.

Holley also had a 2014 conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Maricopa County.

Daniel Moore (PCSO photo)

By Ethan McSweeney

Maricopa police arrested a man early Sunday for allegedly threatening his ex-girlfriend with an unloaded gun and trying to force her into his car before she stabbed him with her car key and fled.

Daniel Moore, 21, confronted his ex-girlfriend in the Fry’s parking lot off State Route 347 around 11 p.m. Saturday, according to a Maricopa Police Department report. Moore attempted to talk to the woman, but she refused to talk, the report read.

At that point, Moore pulled out an unloaded .45 caliber pistol from his right cargo pocket, which he said was meant “to scare her,” according to the report. The gun belonged to Moore’s father, MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said.

The woman attempted to get away, but Moore grabbed her in chokehold fashion, the report read. The woman told police she wasn’t able to breathe and was left with a red mark around the front of her neck.

When Moore tried to pull the woman into the car to take her with him, the woman stabbed him with her car key and fled inside the Fry’s store, according to the report.

Five MPD officers responded to Moore’s residence on West Julie Lane south of Maricopa shortly after midnight, police said.

After being interviewed by police, Moore allegedly admitted to the incident taking place. He also admitted to hiding the gun inside his residence “because he knew he would be in trouble,” the report read.

Moore was charged with one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, another count of aggravated assault for strangulation, one count of threatening and intimidating, one count of misconduct involving weapons, one count of disorderly conduct for recklessly displaying a weapon and one count of tampering with evidence, according to the report.

All the charges fall under domestic violence, which adds an aggravating factor to the alleged crimes, Alvarado said.

Moore was booked into Pinal County Jail and is being held on a $20,000 bond. He is due in court for a preliminary hearing Friday.

By Ethan McSweeney

A Maricopa woman was arrested on charges of shoplifting at Wal-Mart on July 3 after trying to take food items and hide them in store bags, according to Maricopa police.

Johanna Norris, 29, brought Wal-Mart bags into the store around 1:45 p.m. and used them to conceal the items she was taking, according to a police report. Wal-Mart’s Asset Protection team caught the incident on video and detained her, the report read.

The Maricopa Police Department arrested Norris around 2:48 p.m. and charged her with one count of shoplifting and another count of using the Wal-Mart bags as an artifice to hide the items she was trying to take, according to the report.

Norris was transported and booked into the Adult Detention Facility in Florence.

By Ethan McSweeney

Police arrested a Maricopa man early Wednesday morning on two outstanding warrants for drunken driving and failing to appear in court, according to a Maricopa Police Department report.

David M. Theis, 31, had warrants out for two counts of aggravated DUI from 2011 and failure to appear in court on charges for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia from 2010 — both cases in Maricopa County Superior Court, according to the report. The bond for the aggravated DUI was $5,400, while the bond for the drug charges was $1,100, the report read.

A Maricopa police officer went to a home on North Duncan Drive around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday after a 911 hang-up call, according to the report.

There the officer met Theis and ran a warrants check. When the warrants for the charges from Maricopa County came back, the officer arrested Theis on charges of aggravated DUI and failure to appear, the report read. Theis was booked into Pinal County Jail.

Rev. David Anderson prays with a gathering at Copper Sky. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

In contrast to confrontational and even violent outcomes in Phoenix and other cities around the country staging protests after deaths of black civilians and the killing of five police officers in Dallas, Maricopa had a peaceful candlelight vigil Friday night.

City Councilmember Henry Wade sponsored the event at Copper Sky, and about two dozen people showed up to pray with Rev. David Anderson and light candles. They also expressed support for the Maricopa Police Department. MPD Chief Steve Stahl was the only law enforcement present, and he spoke only at the urging of the attendees.

The traffic stop on John Wayne Parkway drew a crowd but resulted in a standard drug arrest. Photo by Michelle Sorensen

By Ethan McSweeney

Maricopa police arrested a woman on State Route 347 on charges of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana after a traffic stop on June 21.

Police pulled over a black Dodge Dart on SR 347 south of Honeycutt Avenue around 4:39 p.m., according to a Maricopa Police Department report. The officer didn’t say in the report why the Dart was pulled over, MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said.

Four people were in the Dart at the time. The front seat passenger in the car, Veronica Santana, 46, was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to the report.

A Border Patrol unit arrived at the scene because Maricopa police needed a K9 unit for a “sniff search,” Alvarado said, and Border Patrol had the closest canine.

Santana was charged with possession of marijuana, a dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia, the report read.

Santana also had a felony warrant for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia from Pinal County Superior Court with a $500 bond, according to the report.

Police booked Santana into Pinal County Jail.

By Ethan McSweeney

Maricopa police arrested a man after finding marijuana and methamphetamine in the trunk of his car during a traffic stop in the early morning hours of June 27.

A Maricopa Police Department officer pulled over the car belonging to Emmanuel Hernandez near Smith-Enke Road and North Vintage Drive around 1 a.m. for making a wide right turn, according to a police report. After approaching the car, the officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car, according to the report.

Hernandez, 19, told the officer that his friends had been smoking marijuana in the car earlier, the report read.

After the officer asked Hernandez to step out of the vehicle, however, Hernandez said “he wanted to be honest” and told the officer he had marijuana and methamphetamine in the trunk, according to the report.

Hernandez told the officer he could open the trunk, the report read, and the officer allegedly found four baggies of methamphetamine and one baggie of marijuana. Hernandez then told the officer he had another small baggie of methamphetamine in his sock, according to the report.

The methamphetamine weighed in at 6.7 grams and the marijuana weighed 27.3 grams.

Hernandez also allegedly told the officer that he was on probation. Police charged Hernandez with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a dangerous drug.

By Ethan McSweeney

Police arrested two people in the early morning hours of June 16 after an alleged botched late-night burglary of a Maricopa home, according to a Maricopa Police Department report.

Brandon Joormann, 18, and a minor were arrested on charges related to the attempted burglary on West Rio Bravo Drive.

Joormann, after he was contacted by MPD later, allegedly told police he and his accomplice had been walking around the neighborhood to find a home they could burglarize around 10 p.m. on June 15, the report read.

At the West Rio Bravo Drive house, Joormann knocked on the front door to see if anyone was home, according to the report. When no one answered, the two walked around to the house to the back.

There, Joormann supplied his accomplice with a knife to open the back window, the report read. The two successfully broke the back screen and opened the window into the house.

The two then saw the homeowner get out of bed, and they fled the house, according to the report. Police later found a hammer and a knife at the scene.

The alleged accomplice was first contacted by MPD and told police the address where Joormann could be found, according to the report. Police went to the address around 2 a.m. on June 16 and found Joormann.

Joormann “admitted to talking about and attempting to commit the burglary” and then detailed what occurred, the report read. He also allegedly admitted he and his accomplice brought the hammer and knife to commit the burglary.

Joormann faces charges of attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, trespassing and criminal damage.

Police charged the minor with criminal damage. He was later booked into the juvenile facility.

Jazmin and Jordan on Prom night. Submitted photo

Two Maricopa teenagers have been reported as runaways possibly heading to California.

Jordan’s mother said she last saw her son Tuesday morning as he was leaving for school at Maricopa High School. According to Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado, Jordan and his girlfriend Jazmin left a note indicating they were heading for California.

Both are 17 years old. Jazmine attends school in Ahwatukee. Both are juniors.

Alvarado said MPD entered them in a national database, listing them as runaways, along with a description of the vehicle they left in. That is a 1999 silver Honda Accord coupe, license plate BME 1900.

Jordan’s mother said she has no idea what their intentions may be in California. She said they had been told they would not be allowed to see each other.

Any information should be reported to MPD at 520-316-6800.

Barry Vogel (left) advocates for the new BusinessWatch program with MPD.

Maricopa Police Department is urging business owners to sign up for its BusinessWatch program, a cooperative initiative between MPD and the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce.

Registration for the free program will add patrols from MPD volunteers to keep an eye on businesses, whether storefront or home-based. Volunteers will check businesses while owners are away.

“I see BusinessWatch as a program that can serve many causes,” said Brary Vogel, who volunteers at MPD and with the Civic Affairs Committee at the Chamber. “Certainly business security and safety is the biggest reason to join BusinessWatch, but we also see the program as a conduit for expanded communication and cooperation between the police and the people that they serve.

“It is also a way for the Chamber of Commerce to interact with the business community in a way that is meaningful to all business operators.”

Those who register will also receive tips from the Chamber and information from MPD. It is not necessary to be a Chamber member to register.


This item appeared in the May issue of InMaricopa.

Angela Russo
Angela Russo

More than two weeks after her family last heard from her, no trace has been found of a Maricopa woman.

Angela Russo, 24, hasn’t been seen since April 19. She texted her mother Diana Schalow to tell her she was going out to dinner and would be home the following evening. But she never returned to the Maricopa home.

Her mother reported her missing April 21 to the Maricopa Police Department. Both MPD and the Schalow family started searches and investigations, but all have met with dead ends.

MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said the department has followed up on all leads but have “nothing new so far.”

Russo’s phone was reportedly last used in the area of 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. That phone is no longer working.

Russo’s car is also missing. It is a blue 2007 Honda Accord with Arizona plates BNL 1629.

Russo works as a medical assistant in Ahwatukee.

MPD issued a “be on the lookout” (BOLO) alert for Russo and her vehicle to agencies statewide.

According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System’s Missing Persons Database, there are as many as 85,000 active missing person cases nationwide at any given time.

In Arizona, there are 1,130 current missing-person cases. Thirty percent (330) are females.

Contact MPD at 520-568-3673 with any information about Russo or her vehicle. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can submit a tip using the MPD mobile app or call an anonymous tip line at 520-316-6900.

Angela Maria Russo
Gender:           Female
Race:               White
Born:               5/10/91
Height:            5’3”
Weight:           150 lbs.
Eyes:               Crystal blue
Hair:                Brown with burgundy highlights
Tattoos:          Ladybug behind left ear, wings on wrists, songbird on right foot, water-colored rose on right hip, the “promise” on ring finger, Tigger and Eeyore hugging each other with a tree on her left back, Bella botch a Nono and Nona scrolled between flowers on right back.