Glendale man dies from injuries after step-son drags him with truck

By Chris Caraveo
Independent Newsmedia

Glendale police arrested a man in connection with the death of his step-father, who was dragged along the street by a vehicle that belonged to another family member.

Tyrus Ellis (MCSO)

The incident started in a residential area northeast of Bell Road and 59th Avenue around 1:30 p.m. Friday Feb. 9, when the step-father of 30-year-old Tyrus Wendell Ellis, Jr. was attempting to go to work using the vehicle of his other son.

According to a probable cause statement, Mr. Ellis allegedly punched 57-year-old Terrence Ayers several times before taking the keys and entering the truck.

Mr. Ayers grabbed the steering wheel and told his son not to take the truck. However, Mr. Ellis reportedly started to drive the vehicle at a high rate of speed with Mr. Ayers engaged with the truck.

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According to documents, Mr. Ellis drove through the front yards of homes in the area of St. John Avenue and 55th Drive and was swerving from side to side.

When Mr. Ellis turned southbound on 56th Avenue, Mr. Ayers was thrown from the truck and was possibly ran over by the vehicle.

Terrence Ayers

Police said Mr. Ayers suffered severe injuries, including internal bleeding and broken bones. He died from his injuries.

Police were able to arrest Mr. Ellis on Sunday, Feb. 11 when they found him on the roof on another home in the area. He had fled the day of the crime before he returned on Sunday.

The Maricopa County Superior Court set a $500,000 bond for Mr. Ellis, who was booked and is in the Lower Buckeye Jail.

He faces one count each of second degree murder, theft and criminal damage. His next court appearance is on Thursday, Feb. 15.

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