A Superior man who had previously been robbed and warned to leave town, was beaten and shot Saturday, a sheriff’s official said.
The 40-year-old victim had been robbed several days earlier and “warned by the suspects involved he needed to leave town,” Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release.
Just after 3 a.m. Saturday, two women went to the victim’s home and offered to sell him methamphetamines. They drove in his truck to another location and, once there, “the victim was shot in the neck and later beaten by several of the suspects who had previously robbed him,” Gaffney said. “After being beaten and shot, the suspects stole the victim’s vehicle. The victim walked home and a friend called 911. The victim’s truck was then burned by the suspects in the desert.”
The victim was taken to a Phoenix hospital where he was rushed into surgery for the gunshot wound.
Robert Villalobos, 26, of Superior, was arrested in connection to the shooting. He was booked into the Pinal County jail on one count each of armed robbery, possession of a dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft and an outstanding parole violation; and three counts of aggravated assault.
Villalobos had just been released from prison at the end of August after serving four years for auto theft. During his four years in prison, he was disciplined for possessing drug paraphernalia, assaulting another inmate and arson, among other infractions, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections website.
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are pending, Gaffney said.