A 22-year-old man is suspected of robbing stores in Sun City and Youngtown late last year and then evading arrest until this week.
His getaway driver has also been arrested.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office reports Tyree Jamar Bynum was arrested Feb. 5 near Dysart Road and Glendale Avenue.
His arrest stems from Nov. 27 and Dec. 7 robberies at convenience stores in Youngtown and Sun City, respectively.
In the first incident, a suspect entered a Youngtown convenience store and asked an employee to sell him a bus pass. As the clerk opened the cash register, the suspect reportedly jumped the counter and pushed the employee. He took out more than $100.
The suspect asked the employee to open another register. However, it wouldn’t open, leading the suspect to steal several Arizona lottery ticket scratchers worth $250. He then fled in a getaway vehicle driven by a man identified as Myron Hall, 30.
Authorities identified Mr. Bynum from security camera video and another agency officer who had arrested him for similar crimes. His fingerprints were also found on a scratcher left behind and the register. Mr. Hall was found to be the registered owner the getaway vehicle.
Mr. Bynum was later seen on video surveillance from other Valley gas stations entering the businesses and cashing in winning tickets that later were confirmed to be stolen.
In the December robbery, a suspect later identified as Mr. Bynum entered a gas station near 99th Avenue and Bell Road in Sun City, jumped the counter and fled with about $600 worth of lottery scratchers. He again fled in a vehicle.
The Daily News-Sun inquired about the robbery the day of the incident, as caution tape surrounded the store early in the morning.
According to records, he was seen about an hour later in video surveillance cashing in winning tickets at four different stores. He was accompanied by the same driver and vehicle as in the Youngtown robbery.
Suspect runs from MCSO
Nearly two months later, MCSO conducted surveillance Feb. 5 at a residence Mr. Bynum was believed to be staying at. Before 6 p.m., deputies saw him walk out the front door and enter a vehicle. He was dropped off at a bus stop near Dysart Road and Glendale Avenue.
Two detectives approached Mr. Bynum with MCSO insignia displayed. Upon seeing the detectives, Mr. Bynum started walking away. He then ran when told he was under arrest.
Mr. Bynum reportedly ran across all lanes of Glendale Avenue with moving traffic.
“Cars had to slam on their brakes and come to a stop to avoid hitting Tyree,” the arresting detective stated.
Mr. Bynum slipped in loose gravel at one point but got up and tried to climb a block wall into a storage business. However, a detective caught up and arrested him without further incident.
Back to jail
Records indicate Mr. Bynum has five outstanding warrants for his arrest. A search warrant conducted at Mr. Bynum’s residence revealed clothing seen during the two robberies.
However, he denied knowledge of the crimes.
He was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond on charges of robbery, trafficking stolen property, and his warrants. He is due in court Feb. 12 and 14.
Getaway driver in custody
MCSO had identified Myron Hall, 30, as the getaway driver during the investigation. They arrested him in Tempe Wednesday afternoon.
MCSO searched his vehicle and west Phoenix residence, finding clothing matching what he wore the day of the alleged crimes.
Mr. Hall told MCSO he was aware Mr. Bynum had stolen some of the tickets, but also said Mr. Bynum told him some of the tickets were bought.
Mr. Hall reportedly only used the “bought” tickets cash winnings to buy gas. He reportedly drove Mr. Bynum out of fear, records indicate.