2 Tucson men accused
of stealing car, fleeing cops

Two men were arrested and face armed-robbery charges in connection with taking a woman’s car from her carport, and firing a shot during the robbery Monday.

The woman, who lives in the 3300 block of North Country Club Road, was not injured and called 911 shortly after the men drove off in her vehicle. The incident began shortly before 10 p.m., said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

The north-side neighborhood is between East Fort Lowell and East Prince roads.

Officers located the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop, Dugan said. The vehicle stopped near North Oracle and West Roger roads, and the driver got out and ran away. He was captured by police during a brief foot chase.

Meanwhile, the passenger who remained in the vehicle moved into the driver’s seat and drove off, Dugan said. Officers pursued the vehicle into the county, and the vehicle became disabled after it hit a curb.

The driver attempted to run away but was caught by police and a canine unit, Dugan said.

Detectives recovered a handgun from the vehicle, and the caliber matched the shell casing found at the victim’s home, Dugan said.

Police took Jason Lee Harvey, 32, and Roberto Martinez, 31, into custody, and they were booked into the Pima County jail.

Harvey faces suspicion of robbery, armed robbery and aggravated robbery charges.

Martinez, who investigators say fired the shot during the robbery, faces suspicion of robbery, armed robbery, aggravated robbery, prohibited possessor, felony fleeing, felony criminal damage and discharging a firearm within city limits, Dugan said.

Carmen Duarte

Sheriff: Thief targets
store twice in 4 hours

A man who authorities said stole alcoholic beverages twice in one afternoon from the same convenience store was arrested Wednesday.

Nathaniel Francisco, 39, was booked into the Pima County jail and faces one count each of shoplifting, criminal damage, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, said Deputy Courtney Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

Detectives were looking for him after he stole from the same store twice on July 16.

Just after 2 p.m., Francisco entered the Circle K at 3280 W. Valencia Road at South Camino de la Tierra on the southwest side, walked behind the counter and took a bottle of alcohol, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.

Four hours later, he returned, took some beer and left without paying.

Kimberly Matas

Would-be thief leaves
drugstore empty-handed

A man who authorities said tried unsuccessfully to rob a Vail drugstore Sunday was arrested.

Sean Rivera, 18, was booked into the Pima County jail Thursday morning. He faces one count of attempted robbery, said Deputy Courtney Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

Rivera fled the store in a gold-colored SUV, and deputies are still looking for the driver.

At about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Rivera entered the Walgreens drugstore at 13542 E. Colossal Cave Road near East Mary Ann Cleveland Way in Vail and asked a cashier for a pack of cigarettes.

“As the store clerk rang up the cigarettes, the suspect told her he left his wallet in his car, threatened her and told the employee to empty the cash register drawer,” Rodriguez said in a news release. “The suspect abruptly left from the store and got into a vehicle.”

Rivera did not appear to have a weapon and left empty-handed.

Anyone with information about the driver of the SUV should call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Kimberly Matas