Botched Weed Robbery Leads to Shootout With Suspect Wearing a Gas Mask

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

A man wearing a gas mask was involved in a shooting in Mesa early this morning during what appears to be a botched weed robbery.

According to Mesa police, about 1 a.m. today, a Mesa cop made a traffic stop in the 600 block of South Mesa Drive. The driver, whose name is being withheld, forgot to turn his lights on -- which seems like an easy thing to forget if you've just been shot, which he had.

The driver immediately stopped the car, jumped out of the driver's seat, and showed the officer a bullet hole in his wrist.

The investigation into the robbery revealed that the driver and a passenger in the car had been at an apartment at 448 South Mesa Drive when three men, one of whom was wearing a gas mask, forced their way into the home.

Meanwhile, one of the victims was waiting in a bedroom with a handgun. When one of the robbers entered the bedroom, the victim fired at him. The suspect returned fire and immediately fled the apartment on foot -- but not before the masked trio of thugs robbed about $600 from one of the victims.

While talking to detectives following the shooting, the victims admitted they had about two pounds of weed in the apartment, and people knew about it.

The three suspects are described as black men, each of whom was wearing some sort of mask. One of the suspects has a tattoo near his right eye and partially braided hair.

Mesa Police Department spokesman Steve Berry didn't immediately respond to our email asking whether the two victims have been charged with any crimes for the weed in the apartment. We'll let you know if he gets back to us.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Mesa Police Department.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.