Police have made an arrest in a December carjacking that involved an armed man wearing a Halloween mask.
Alejandro Maldonado, 39, was arrested July 10 at a Florence parole office after law enforcement allegedly discovered evidence linking him to the vehicle.
The silver Kia Soul was reported stolen Dec. 5 by the owner of the vehicle in the Tacos ‘N More Mexican Grill parking lot. The victim told police a man pointed a black handgun at her head while she was seated in the vehicle.
“(The woman) said an unknown male dressed in all black, wearing a Halloween mask told (her) to ‘give me the (expletive) keys’ multiple times,” according to a Maricopa Police Department report.
The vehicle was last seen northbound on John Wayne Parkway.
Three days after the alleged carjacking, a Phoenix PD officer located the stolen vehicle in an alleyway near Polk Street and 13th Avenue, which led police on a short pursuit.
The driver eventually fled on foot after abandoning the vehicle near Taylor Street.
Phoenix PD did not make contact with the driver but observed his physical characteristics and made note of his black clothing.
Officers later took latent prints from the driver’s side door and door handles. DNA swabs were also taken from the steering wheel and shifter.
A latent print analysis later hit on Maldonado, who was reportedly on parole with Pinal County Probation for armed robbery.
In a recent interview with an MPD officer in Florence, Maldonado denied knowing the victim and being involved in the armed robbery
His DNA and prints were in the vehicle, he allegedly told police, because he washed cars at his Aunt’s residence, according to the report. The victim denied having her vehicle washed there.
Maldonado is being held on a $50,000 secured bond in Pinal County Jail on recommended charges of armed robbery, a class 2 felony; two counts of unlawful means of transportation, class 5 and 6 felonies; and violating the terms of his parole.