As predicted, it didn't take long for police to track down "Bozo," a member of the 18th Street East Side Posse street gang, who allegedly pulled a gun on a man in Goodyear last month.
As you can see in his booking photo, "Bozo," a.k.a. Leo Rufus Rodriguez Jr., stands out a little bit.
"Bozo," police say, pulled an assault rifle on a man near Las Flores Avenue and Santa Cruz Drive last month.
According to court documents obtained by New Times, "Bozo" and one of his neighbors got into an argument in the neighbor's garage. "Bozo" then went to his house and grabbed a fully loaded assault rifle. He went back outside and threatened the neighbor, pointing the gun at him.
Because he's a known gang member, the victim was terrified "Bozo" might actually shoot him. But he didn't -- police were on the scene in less than a minute, but "Bozo" was nowhere to be found.
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Apparently, "Bozo" ran from the scene and barged into another neighbor's home. "Bozo" told the homeowner he had to "be cool" because police were after him and he "needed a place to chill out for a while."
The man, aware of "Bozo's" gang ties, was terrified, he later told police, but after about 40 minutes, he was brave enough to grab a shotgun and tell "Bozo" to get out of his house.
"Bozo" left the man's home, but was picked up by police Saturday. He was booked into jail on one count each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, gang intimidation, and other gang-related offenses.
Both victims told police they're are afraid some of "Bozo's" gangster buddies might come after them in retaliation for calling police.