Woman injured in June rollover dies, and other law and order news

2013-07-24T00:00:00Z 2013-07-24T14:30:33Z Woman injured in June rollover dies, and other law and order newsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Woman injured in June rollover dies

A Tucson woman seriously injured in a June rollover crash has died.

Alicia Deegan, 18, was in a car driven by Angel Ruelas, 19, in the early morning on June 23, when their SUV rolled off a dirt road on the west side, in the 2400 block of West 44th Street near South La Cholla Boulevard, Sgt. Maria Hawke, spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release.

Deegan, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the SUV.

Ruelas, who had minor injuries, "fled from the scene of the collision, but was later returned to the area by a family member," Hawke said.

Deegan was taken to a hospital and later flown via medical helicopter to Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. She died Monday night at a Phoenix area hospice, Hawke said.

The preliminary investigation indicated Ruelas may have been under the influence of alcohol, Hawke said.

The day of the rollover, Ruelas was booked into the Pima County jail and faced felony charges. Hawke did not provide information on what new charges he may face in Deegan's death.

Kimberly Matas

Police seek man who robbed 2 stores

Investigators are looking for a man suspected of robbing a yogurt shop and a convenience store in one evening.

At about 6:15 p.m. Sunday deputies were called to the Red Mango yogurt shop at East Sunrise and North Swan roads after a man implied he had a weapon in his pocket and demanded money, Deputy Jesus Bañuelos, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department, said in a news release.

The robber was described as young, with a medium build, wearing a black jacket with three patches, blue jeans and a black hat. He was seen driving away from the store in a silver, four-door sedan, possibly a Pontiac, Bañuelos said.

About five hours later, at 11:30 p.m., deputies responded to another armed robbery call in the area. A man matching the description from the earlier incident robbed a 7-Eleven at East Skyline Drive and North Swan Road. Again, the robber demanded money and indicated he had a weapon, Bañuelos said.

In each incident, the suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information can call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Kimberly Matas

Woman gets 10 years in child abuse case

A Tucson woman accused of child abuse was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday in Pima County Superior Court.

Ashlee Nicole Liberty, 26, pleaded guilty in April to one count of child abuse for not seeking prompt medical care for her daughter, who was 16 months old at the time of the incident in January 2012.

Liberty's boyfriend, Oscar Omar Aguirre, was caring for the toddler when the abuse occurred.

Aguirre called 911 to report the child was not breathing properly.

Doctors found several bruises, fractured ribs and other internal injuries. The child also had a detached spleen.

University of Arizona Medical Center doctors performed surgery on the child.

While hospitalized, the toddler identified Aguirre as her abuser to hospital staff and an investigator.

Court documents said Liberty left the child in Aguirre's care even after the child became ill from the abuse and with bruising on the toddler evident.

Patrick McNamara

Man, 25, accused of robbing banks, shops

A 25-year-old man was arrested after he was connected to several robberies, including a holdup last week at an east-side bank, police said.

Sharod Austin is facing charges of robbery, aggravated assault, armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and escape in the second degree, said Sgt. Maria Hawke, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman.

Austin was taken into custody July 17 and later arrested after he was suspected of robbing a BBVA Compass Bank inside an Albertsons at 6363 E. 22nd Street, Hawke said in a news release.

The suspect approached the bank counter and handed a note to the teller, demanding money and threatening harm.

He fled from the grocery store and was found in the 5300 block of East Baker Street, near East Fifth Street and North Craycroft Road, where police took him into custody.

Austin attempted to run from officers while he was in handcuffs, but officers quickly caught him, although one officers suffered a broken ankle in the chase.

Upon further investigation, officers connected Austin to other incidents.

Austin was suspected of robbing a US Bank inside a Safeway at 1940 E. Broadway on June 28.

He was also accused of committing an armed robbery at a Dairy Queen, 5762 E. 22nd St. on June 28, as well as another armed robbery at a Wienerschnitzel, 5765 E. Broadway, and an attempted armed robbery at Coffee X Change, 2443 N. Campbell Ave., a day later.

Jamar Younger

Pickup truck driver, son hurt in rollover

The driver of a pickup truck was critically injured and his 5-year-old son has serious injuries after the truck rolled over while off-roading in the Santa Cruz River late Monday night.

The crash happened shortly after 11:30 p.m. in an area west of Interstate 10 near Sunset Road, Capt. Adam Goldberg, a Northwest Fire District spokesman, said in a news release.

The 28-year-old driver was thrown from the truck and had life-threatening injuries, the release said.

The man was taken to the hospital by helicopter.

The boy had serious injuries that were not life-threatening, and he was in stable condition.

The pair were part of a group off-roading in the dry river bed, said Deputy Jesus Bañuelos, a spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

Detectives believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, he said.

Veronica M. Cruz

Convicted killer gets 20 years in prison

A man convicted of killing another man over a perceived insult was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison Tuesday in Pima County Superior Court.

Joe L. Medina, 33, was found guilty of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the killing of Michael Grijalva and the assault of Julio Colon.

Medina killed Grijalva and attempted to kill Colon in November 2011 at a mid-town apartment after he thought the two victims used the term "S.O." in reference to him. The term is known prison slang for a sex offender.

Medina's attorney said his client perceived the comments as threats because Medina had spent time in Arizona and California prisons and was aware of the dangers sex offenders face from other inmates.

Grijalva's family members said that he was loved by his family and was working to improve his life when he was killed.

Patrick McNamara

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