Worst Phoenix-Area Crime in the Last Week?
Going back just about a week, there seems to be quite a few people who (allegedly) committed some very scummy crimes in the Phoenix area.
From running over a person with a car, murdering a man with a hammer, being a creepy child-porn collector, and more, there's just some plain freaky stuff going on out there.
For this poll, we narrowed it down to seven crimes, and it's your job to pick the worst. Here are your candidates:
- Mom Ditches Kid at Park With a Stranger, Passes Out With Meth Pipe in Car
- 15-Year-Old Steals Gun, Accidentally Shoots and Kills Sister's Boyfriend
- Lane Halona Rapes Woman in Tempe, Passes Out, Gets Arrested, Kills Himself
- Rickesha Burns Accused of Shoving Vibrator Into 2-Year-Old Son's Anus
- Aimee Butel, Valley Attorney, Accused of Running Over Woman While Driving Drunk
- Genaro Silva Sees Girlfriend With a Guy, Beats Him to Death With Hammer, Sets Him on Fire
- Christopher Jurgens Arrested With Thousands of Kiddy Porn Pics, Also Hello Kitty Gear
Chandler mom Alison Stewart asked another parent -- whom she had just met that day -- if he would look after her 4-year-old daughter. After downing some pills, Stewart passed out in her car an hour later, right next to her meth pipe, police say.
Ladajianna Mosely -- who was born in 1997 -- said she thought she had unloaded the .45-caliber handgun she and two others had just recently stolen after breaking into a neighbor's home. To her apparent surprise, after removing the magazine, the gun still discharged after she pointed the firearm at the chest of her sister's boyfriend, 17-year-old Raymond Berryman, and pulled the trigger.
Rather than face the consequences for charges related to the brutal rape of a woman in Tempe, it looks like 23-year-old Lane Halona killed himself this weekend.
Halona was arrested on March 17, the morning after he punched a woman in the back of the head, pulled her behind some bushes, and sexually assaulted her, but killed himself a few days after being denied bond. Did we mention he was just released from prison.
Rickesha Burns called police Sunday, reporting that her son was bleeding from his anus. Doctors found an object lodged in his rectum, which appears to be "a vibrator or some other sex toy." Police interviewed Burns, who still claimed that a teenage boy (an imaginary teenage boy, according to police) at a park did it, even though she "believes it is her vibrator" inside her son, which doctors had to remove via surgery.
Aimee Butel, a Valley attorney and former Maricopa County medical examiner is accused of running over and killing a woman lying in a roadway while driving drunk, then driving away.
Genaro Silva allegedly took a hammer to the head of a man who he found with his girlfriend inside their apartment. According to police, Silva's girlfriend was still trying to clean up the man's blood from her apartment two days after Silva beat the man to death with a hammer, then took him out to a reservation and lit his body on fire.
It wasn't enough that Christopher Jurgens allegedly collected thousands of images of child porn on his computer, but he also had and a garage full of coloring books, toys, and Hello Kitty gear. He doesn't have kids, but he lives right next to a school-bus stop. Jurgens told police that he never does anything inappropriate with children but "does not avoid contact with children in normal circumstances."
Now, pick the worst:
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