A man is in custody after he reportedly shot three people in west Phoenix and kidnapped his girlfriend.
Phoenix police said Glendale police located and arrested Eddison Noyola in the area of 67th Avenue and Thunderbird Road before 2 a.m. Thursday.
Mr. Noyola is alleged to have stole a family’s vehicle and gun near 43rd and Glendale avenues Tuesday night, then traveled to two apartment complexes – the first near 51st Avenue and Thomas Road, the other near 27th Avenue and Bethany Home Road – and shooting three people in total. They were taken to the hospital with various serious to life-threatening injuries.
Mr. Noyola reportedly kidnapped his girlfriend at the second apartment. He had earlier informed family members his goal was to harm her and himself.
Phoenix police Wednesday searching for the suspect, including in the area of 19th Avenue and Monroe Street, where police learned Mr. Noyola may have frequented a motel. Officers had located the stolen vehicle in the area, but Mr. Noyola and his girlfriend were still missing.
Officers then spotted a man matching the suspect’s description running into a motel, and then fleeing when police approached the room he was in.
“The subject ran through several yards, jumping over fences,” police stated. “He came to an automobile business in the area of 1900 W. Monroe Street and took a vehicle. He drove on to West Monroe Street and then pulled back partially into the drive of the business and stopped. Tactical officers moved towards the stopped vehicle, and gave commands, but he didn’t comply. Less lethal ARWEN rounds, as well gas, were fired at the vehicle and subject.
“As the subject got out of the vehicle, still not complying, a K9 Officer and a Special Assignments Unit (SWAT) Officer fired at the subject and he went down. With the assistance of a K9, the subject was taken into custody. He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.”
Police determined the 30-year-old man was not the suspect they were originally looking for.
Around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, police learned Mr. Noyola went to the residence of an acquaintance near 67th and Peoria avenues. He allegedly stole the resident’s vehicle and fled the scene.
“Dixon was with Noyola when this occurred, but it doesn’t appear she was a suspect in the theft,” police stated.
Glendale police later found the vehicle along Thunderbird Road and stopped it in a neighborhood.
Mr. Noyola and his girlfriend were detained and taken to Phoenix police headquarters for interviews. The girlfriend appeared unharmed.