STV man released, rearrested in conjunction with burglaries

Keegan Humphrey (Courtesy of Pinal County Sheriff's Office)

Keegan Humphrey (Courtesy of Pinal County Sheriff’s Office)

Keegan Humphrey, 22, of San Tan Valley was rearrested Feb. 4 in conjunction with several home invasions that took place Jan. 29-30 in San Tan Valley, Tiffany Davila, spokeswoman for the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, said in an e-mailed response to questions Feb. 5.

Suspect Humphrey was rearrested in San Tan Valley and was indicted on charges of first degree burglary and second degree burglary, Ms. Davila said. He was arrested on a bench warrant and is being held on a $100,000 bond, Ms. Davila said. His arraignment has been scheduled for Friday, Feb. 13, she said.

Suspect Humphrey was first arrested Friday, Jan. 30, by Pinal County Sheriff ’s Office deputies in conjunction with one robbery and two burglaries, according to a press release issued by PCSO spokesman Jim Knupp. Shortly before noon that day, detectives completed a search warrant of the suspect’s home and were able to recover close to all of the stolen property, according to the release.

Suspect Humphrey was booked into the Pinal County Jail on two counts of resisting arrest, one count of aggravated assault, one count of trespassing, three counts of burglary, two counts of robbery, and 14 counts of intimidation to include stalking, according to the release.

Mr. Knupp broke down the investigation as follows:

At about 4:39 a.m. Jan. 29, deputies responded to a report of a robbery involving the theft of medication in the 2800 block of West Goldmine Mountain Drive. Deputies believe the robbery occurred around 2:30 a.m., when a person who was described to be a 25-to 30-year-old white male and about 6 feet tall, woke one of the residents, threatened to kill him and began asking for the location of guns, medication and wallets within the house, PCSO said. The suspect was believed to have taken only medication before leaving, according to Mr. Knupp.

Within 20 minutes, PCSO dispatch received two more reports of incidents within the 33000 and 32000 blocks of North Cherry Creek Road.

One report was about a burglary at about 4:48 a.m., and the other incident involved a suspicious person at about 4:58 a.m., according to Mr. Knupp.

The second burglary, believed to have occurred between 9:30 p.m. Jan. 29 and 4:48 a.m. Jan. 30, shared the same characteristic as the first, according to the release. In both home invasions, the front doors of the residences were believed to be unlocked. In addition to various electronic equipment and three wallets reported missing, the homeowner reported that his .45-caliber firearm was missing, according to the release.

With three incidents, one involving a burglary and another involving robbery, occurring in the same night and same area, deputies immediately involved PCSO detectives, who began investigating the incidents.

At about 1:38 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, PCSO dispatchers received a report of a burglary-in-progress in the 3000 block of West Belle Avenue, also in San Tan Valley. The reporting party told dispatch that the victim chased the suspect until the suspect allegedly pulled a gun on the victim, PCSO said.

A deputy located the suspect, who was traveling on foot, according to the release. The suspect initially was compliant but then fled on foot.

The suspect was again located and taken into custody. While searching the suspect, deputies located a .45-caliber handgun similar to the one reported stolen on Thursday, according to Mr. Knupp.

At 7:51 p.m. Feb. 3, Judge Shaun Babeu issued an order of release for suspect Humphrey, according to Mr. Knupp.

Mr. Babeu is the Justice Courts Precinct 7 Judge, which includes San Tan Valley, Apache Junction and Gold Canyon, according to the Pinal County website: www.pinalcountyaz.gov.

Neither Mr. Knupp nor Ms. Davila could explain why the order of release was issued.

The Pinal County Attorney’s Office reminds the public that all people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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