Sheriff’s deputies: Man arrested after attempted carjacking at Wal-Mart in San Tan Valley

Christopher Jones (Courtesy of Pinal County Sheriff's Office)

Christopher Jones (Courtesy of Pinal County Sheriff’s Office)

Christopher Jones, 31, of Sacaton was arrested Monday, July 6, in conjunction with an attempted carjacking that day in San Tan Valley, according to a press release issued July 7 by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

PCSO received a call at about 8:40 p.m. from a 33-year-old woman who reported a man had tried to take her car from the Wal-Mart parking lot at 1725 W. Hunt Highway in San Tan Valley, according to the release.

Mr. Jones was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center, 971 Jason Lopez Circle in Florence. He is facing four counts of threatening and intimidating, four counts of endangerment, four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of burglary, one count of resisting arrest and seven counts of disorderly conduct, according to the release.

Deputies say the woman reported that she; her husband, 29; and two children had just parked their vehicle at the Wal-Mart when she observed a man, later identified as the suspect, in a red truck that was parked directly in front of her.

As she was beginning to get her children out of the back of the car, the suspect exited the red truck and approached the driver’s side of her car, according to sheriff’s deputies. The husband said he exited the family’s car when he saw the man approach it. The suspect pushed the husband away from the car and waved a knife at him, according to deputies. The suspect then entered the car and sat in its driver’s seat, according to the release. The suspect waved the knife at the kids in the back seat, yelling at and threatening all four victims, according to deputies.

The mother removed the children from the car and the husband confronted the suspect, who fled the scene on foot, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said in the release. The mother called 911, described the suspect and told PCSO dispatch in which direction the suspect was heading, according to Sheriff Babeu.

Deputies saw the suspect enter the Denny’s restaurant, 1758 W. Hunt Highway, across the street, where they apprehended him after a brief struggle, according to the release.

The victims identified the suspect and he was transported to the adult detention center.

Deputies later said the red truck in which Mr. Jones had been seen had been broken into, according to the release. Deputies also said they recovered a knife from inside the victims’ vehicle.

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