A pair of armed robbery suspects didn't go quietly when they were arrested Tuesday afternoon -- one of the men bit a cop while the other attempted to use the Taser of another officer to shock his way to freedom.
According to court documents obtained by New Times, 56-year-old Mark Blocksom and 42-year-old Matthew Murphy, went into a jewelry repair shop at 3634 East Indian School Road about 3:30 p.m.
Murphy initially acted as a customer before leaving the store and then returning with Blocksom, who had a gun.
The two men held the store owner at gunpoint and demanded he open the safe. The quick-thinking owner managed to close the safe and convinced the pair that he was unable to reopen it.
The robbers then told the store owner they wanted jewelry that was held in a glass case. The owner pleaded with them to not break the glass and gave them the key to open the case.
Murphy and Blocksom then filled a bag with jewelry, tied up the store owner, and ran outside to a waiting white Ford Taurus driven by a third suspect, 42-year-old Deborah Jean Fosnaught.
A witness entered the store and found the bound owner as the two suspects were running out. The witness followed the Taurus and called the cops.
Officers from the Phoenix Police Department caught up with the vehicle near 5115 North 40th Street. The suspects stopped the car, jumped out, and attempted to run.
The two men didn't get far before the officers caught up with them, at which point one of the suspects bit one of the officers.
The other suspect, court docs show, tried to use another officer's Taser on the cops. Phoenix Sergeant Steve Martos clarifies to New Times, saying one of the suspects tried to grab the Taser from the officer's belt as he was being arrested. He failed and the Taser was never deployed.
Murphy and Blocksom face a slew of charges, including armed robbery, resisting arrest, and kidnapping. Fosnaught faces one count of armed robbery.
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