By Chris Caraveo
Three suspects are in custody after they allegedly robbed a park vendor at gunpoint and then shot at witnesses who were following them in their vehicle.
No injuries were reported.
Before 8 p.m. Tuesday, police said a vendor was a victim of an armed robbery at El Oso Park, south of Indian School Road and 75th Avenue.
Records released to the Daily News-Sun Wednesday afternoon indicate one of the male suspects approached a female vendor and told her to give him money or he would kill her. The suspect struggled with the vendor until another suspect helped search for the money.
A bystander tried to intervene but backed off when seeing the firearm.
Phoenix police said the suspects fled northbound in a vehicle.
Records state two witnesses tried to prevent the suspects from leaving, but the two witnesses were threatened.
However, the witnesses followed the suspect vehicle to a neighborhood in Glendale, where one of the suspects fired shots at them, striking the witness vehicle.
After the witnesses called police, Phoenix officers responded and pursued the vehicle until the occupants bailed out of it in a neighborhood near 75th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.
Glendale police responded and took a male and a female suspect into custody near their vehicle.
Officers established a perimeter, and after about an hour and a half of searching, a third suspect was arrested in the backyard of a residence about two blocks away.
Court documents identify the suspect who hid in the backyard as Elise Mbuyi, 20, of Phoenix.
The other suspects were identified Wednesday as Jacory Jani Jordan-Hanen, 18, of Phoenix and Brianna Alexus Works Jordan, 19, of Glendale.
Records state Mr. Jordan-Hanen was the initial person who held the firearm and robbed the vendor.
However, he told police multiple stories, including he was never at the park; he had only driven past the park; and finally he had stopped to smoke at the park.
A clear motive has not been determined.
Mr. Jordan-Hanen told Phoenix police there was a third male in the vehicle, records state.
However, a police spokesman said there are no outstanding suspects.
They all had their initial appearance in court at 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman when the Daily News-Sun requested records of their arrests in the morning.
Records indicate Mr. Mbuyi and Mr. Jordan-Hanen were jailed in lieu of a $35,000 bond on one count of armed robbery.
Ms. Jones faces the same charge but has a bond of $10,000.
They are due in court Dec. 12 and 14.
Phoenix police had said they would be investigating the initial robbery while Glendale police took over the incident involving the suspects firing at the witnesses.
Glendale police had deferred questions about the suspects’ arrest to Phoenix police.
“This was a great example of inter-agency coordination and assistance from Glendale police officers,” Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson stated in an email.