Glendale police have been busy this month, busting suspects of two groups connected to armed robberies.
After reporting on the arrest of a trio tied to at least four armed robberies, the Daily News-Sun has learned a group of six young adults are connected to an armed robbery that occurred around Christmas.
Within the last two weeks, Glendale police told the Daily News-Sun that all but one of them are in custody.
On Thursday afternoon, police arrested Derrin Cartwright, 18, near 35th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.
He is one of six people believed to have robbed a female individual at gunpoint Dec. 23 near 51st and Olive avenues.
Records state the victim had arrived at a friend’s house when the group approached her and asked for change and cigarettes. When she said she didn’t have any, the group left but returned while she was taking Christmas presents out of her vehicle.
“One of the defendants pressed a handgun against the side of the victim’s head while the other defendants began going through the victim’s pockets and vehicle,” according to a probable cause statement.
The suspects tried to force the victim into her vehicle but she escaped into her friend’s house. The suspects tried to steal the vehicle but ultimately fled on foot with rings, cash, car keys, presents, a purse and a cell phone.
Police found a fingerprint in the area matching Alfred Dukulay, one of the six named in court documents.
Police searched Facebook profiles of the suspects, finding multiple photos that showed the suspects at Mr. Dukulay’s residence. Mr. Cartwright was also seen holding a handgun. The victim’s purse was noticed in some of the images.
On Dec. 24, police learned a male acquaintance of the group was assaulted and robbed while at Mr. Dukulay’s residence. He told police he was thrown out of a bedroom window before fleeing to a store near 55th and Northern avenues.
Police list the items taken as a pair of shoes, a backpack, a cell phone, money and marijuana.
The estimated value of property taken or damaged in both incidents was $10,578, records state.
Suspects in custody
After police located and arrested Mr. Cartwright, he denied involvement and declined to say whether he knew anyone in the photographs.
“Derrin asked if I really thought that it would take six people to rob one female and stated that there was only one gun, and he did not have it,” an officer stated in records.
The Daily News-Sun found the following three people listed in Mr. Cartwright’s documents to have been arrested since December:
Jovani Valdez, 18, was arrested Dec. 28, 2018, days after the robberies. He is a suspect in a shooting spree that involves a Valley Metro bus. He also pleaded guilty in October to a July 31 robbery committed with his older brother.
He is still going through court proceedings for the shooting spree.
Alfred Dukulay, 18, is listed online as having been booked into jail Jan. 10 on a warrant for aggravated robbery. Court records indicate he may be serving a six-month jail sentence.
Jayden Kane James, 18, was booked into jail April 4 on the same charges as Mr. Cartwright. Those include conspiracy, kidnapping, aggravated and armed robbery, aggravated assault, and theft. However, Maricopa County Superior Court only lists an aggravated robbery charge.
Police said they have submitted charges against the other two suspects. Gabriel Anthony Gray, 20, is in custody. The sixth person has not and is not being named until he is arrested.
Mr. Cartwright was booked into jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. His next court appearances are Thursday, April 18 and April 22.