A Maricopa woman was loading groceries into her SUV in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter, 41650 W Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy Oct. 9 evening when a man approached her, demanding the keys to her vehicle before pulling a knife.
Her Jeep Cherokee Sport was already running with the keys in the ignition. When the man seemed to realize this, he “shoved [her] away from the vehicle and got into the driver’s seat,” according to a police report. She sustained lacerations and bruising on her legs, arms, hands and face.
The man reversed out of the parking spot, striking the woman’s grocery cart, which became lodged under the vehicle. Despite this, he successfully fled the scene.
The woman’s purse and cellphone were in the vehicle when it was stolen. Police were able to track the phone, locating the vehicle on North Canton Way north of State Route 84 in Stanfield. Rickey L. Alderidge was found in the vehicle and was placed under arrest at 11:22 p.m.
The victim was brought to the scene and identified Alderidge as the man who pulled the knife earlier. A knife matching the description given by the victim was found on him.
Once at the Maricopa Police Station, Alderidge said he was recently released from a prison in Texas and was homeless. When told he had been identified by the victim, he requested a lawyer and no further questions were asked by police. Alderidge faces charges of aggravated assault, armed robbery, theft of means of transportation and criminal damage.
He is in Pinal County jail on a $25,000 bond.