A suspect has been arrested in connection with a string of robberies that occurred across the Valley between April and July.
Dorian Cabrera, 42, of Goodyear was charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault and first-degree burglary for the July 21 robbery of a Family Dollar in Avondale.
Other robberies — an O’Reilly Auto Parts in Goodyear (April 14), an AutoZone in Goodyear (May 13), two O’Reilly Auto Parts locations in Mesa (May 20), an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts in Phoenix (June 2), an AutoZone in Surprise (June 17) and Justice Clothing in Avondale (July 14) — are still under investigation.
According to Goodyear police, officers were called to a local O’Reilly’s Auto Parts — the first in the string of robberies — after it was reported an armed robber pointed a handgun at multiple employees, forced them to the back of the store and used zip ties to detain them. The suspect stole from the victims and the store, police said.
Police described the rest of the robberies over subsequent months in a similar fashion, adding that the suspect took victims’ identifications and threatened them with their identities and where they live. Police said the suspect also directed the victims to lie to police by describing him as African American.
The eight armed robberies have been a top priority for Valley police, with the Goodyear Police Department receiving support from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the El Mirage Police Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
Police ultimately identified Cabrera as a past employee of the Goodyear O’Reilly’s where he allegedly kicked off the string of robberies.
Police believe his alleged motive to be financial hardship.
Cabrera was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail.