Monday, October 20th, 2014

Attempted Robbery Lands Two Suspects In Jail And A Third In The Hospital

handcuffs2Two people are in custody following what police believe was an attempted murder on Monday night.  The Yuma Police Department says they responded to the Desert Palms Mobile Park on West 28th Street after receiving a report of shots being fired.  

The victim of the robbery stated that two male subjects had approached him as he stood in front of his trailer and demanded his money.  The victim stated that one of the subjects had been armed with a handgun.  

The victim had also been armed with a legally concealed handgun, and upon being threatened, the victim and the suspect exchanged gunfire.  The victim struck one of the suspects during the exchange of gunfire, at which time the suspects fled the scene.  The victim was not struck by the gunfire, and was not injured.   

The suspect who was struck by gunfire was transported by his accomplices to the Yuma Regional Medical Center where was treated for a life-threatening gunshot wound.  He was later flown to Phoenix for further treatment.  

The two other accomplices in the incident were located by officers and arrested at Yuma Regional Medical Center.  They are identified as 19-year-old Jesus Bernal-Rivas of Yuma, and 21-year-old Angel Estrada of Yuma.  Both are charged with Attempted Murder, Armed Robbery, and Aggravated Assault.  

The names of the victim and the suspect who were shot are not being released at this time.

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