10 Craziest Phoenix Crimes of the Month: October
No matter how many police reports we read through on a monthly basis, the criminal creativity, stupidity, and craziness never ceases to amaze us.
Just when you think you've seen it all, there's always something worse. From a teenager tossing her newborn baby out of a window, to a crime inspired by the Holy Spirit, a teenager murdering his mom, another bestiality bust, and more, we bring you the 10 craziest Phoenix-area crimes of the month:
There's little question as to how the local man who calls himself "Wild Bill" got that nickname.
According to court documents obtained by New Times, 47-year-old "Wild Bill" Iverson was wild as hell at the Canyon Lake campground, where he engaged in activities such as pointing weapons at other campers and getting butt-naked and asking people to snap some photos.
If you're going to stand on your driveway with your buddies and talk about the felonies you've committed, you may want to keep your voice down.
That's advice that 29-year-old Mesa resident Michael Taylor could have used, as he was speaking so loudly about THE STOLEN CAR IN HIS DRIVEWAY that someone in the neighborhood called police, according to court documents obtained by New Times.
Bad news: Police say a woman secretly videotaped and took pictures of other women inside public restrooms across the Valley.
Worse news: Police say the woman then posted and/or sold the pictures and videos on the Internet.
A Chandler man accused of stealing a pickup truck insists he's no car thief.
In fact, according to court documents obtained by New Times, 25-year-old Robert Bryson told police he only "slings dope."
A third person has been arrested for having sex with a German shepherd.
That German shepherd was owned by one Christopher Lynn Jackson, of Chandler, who first came to New Times' attention earlier this month upon his arrest for allegedly drugging his ex-girlfriend and branding his initials onto her vagina.
Chandler trailer-park playground where four young boys tortured and killed a kitten.
Four Chandler boys are in juvenile jail this morning, accused of torturing and killing a kitten.
The boys, ages 8 to 12, were caught by their trailer park's surveillance video kicking the two-month-old kitten repeatedly before tossing its "limp and lifeless" body into a pool, Chandler police say.
A Phoenix grandmother shoved her grandson into rush hour traffic, according to police.
Juanita Ramer's grandson was hit by a car on Thomas Road near the ramps for Interstate 17 and suffered multiple broken bones in his leg, according to court documents obtained by New Times
A Phoenix man drove 100 miles per hour to a Scottsdale family's home, broke down the door, and started yelling and screaming at the family inside.
That man, 54-year-old Norman Floyd, told police he was following the advice of "the Holy Spirit," according to court documents obtained by New Times.
A 16-year-old boy described by a classmate as a "giant teddy" allegedly beat and choked his mom to death on Saturday morning, then attacked his stepdad.
Michael Roy Helms and his accomplice, 17-year-old Christian Lee Blakely, were being held on $1 million bonds and charged as adults by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. Blakely's accused of watching his friend kill Helms' mother, Tina Helms Spencer, then helping clean up the blood and dispose of her body in a backyard shed.
A 16-year-old Mesa girl tossed her newborn baby out of a window in an attempt to hide her pregnancy from her family, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
The girl, whose name hasn't been released, has been charged with attempted murder and child abuse, as the newborn suffered a skull fracture upon being tossed out of the window, an MCSO spokesman says.
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