Update: Buckeye Police shot and wounded suspect Christopher Mendoza Dec. 23. He was taken to a hospital and awaits charges.
There were no injuries early Dec. 20 when a gunman in a store was confronted by Goodyear Police. He escaped police at the Walmart at 1100 N. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear.
The suspect, identified by police as Christopher Mendoza, then kidnapped a man at gunpoint and demanded a ride to Litchfield Road and MC 85 in Avondale.
Three days later, Mendoza again escaped police, first running from a car police followed then eluding a police barricade at a home.
According to Lisa Berry, a Goodyear Police spokeswoman, Mendoza, 34, of Avondale, “is described as a Hispanic male with a tattoo under his right eye and a tattoo which reads ‘Cashion’ on his neck. He is approximately 5-feet 5-inches tall.”
According to Berry, when officers responded to the Walmart, Mendoza “was uncooperative and reached for a gun. He proceeded to run toward the back of the store and out the doors into the neighborhood to the west.
“Mendoza confronted a man in a car and kidnapped him at gunpoint.”
Berry said the kidnapped man took Mendoza to the location he demanded. The driver was not injured.
Early in the morning on Monday, Dec. 23, Goodyear Police officers followed a car Mendoza was in, according to Berry.
Mendoza jumped out of the vehicle, ran from police and entered a home in the area of 109th Avenue and 4th Street. After the suspect barricaded himself in the home, Goodyear SWAT and crisis negotiators surrounded the home.
The man believed to be Mendoza “fled on foot out of the backyard, past rear (police) perimeter and disappeared into the neighborhood,” Berry said.
“A Phoenix Police helicopter responded and Goodyear and Glendale K-9 Teams continued to search with negative results.”
The suspect was still on the loose and police searched house to house Monday
Berry said Mendoza is wanted for aggravated assault on a police officer, threatening and intimidating, kidnapping and other charges.
“Christopher Mendoza is considered armed and dangerous,” Berry said. “Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
“A $1,000 cash reward is being offered and you may remain anonymous.”