Sunday, November 12, 2006

Here is an update on that murder that happened right near my house. It is right along my running path and my daughter goes to that Taco Bell all the time. Kind of scary when you think about it. Senseless too.

Gilbert News

Teens were robbing boy before slaying man

By Jill Redhage, Tribune
November 12, 2006

Three teenagers who shot and killed a Chandler man on Tuesday near Cooper and Warner roads in Gilbert had robbed a boy immediately beforehand, police investigators said Saturday.

Police said two 15-year-old boys had been walking together near Cancun Drive and Warner Road just before 8 p.m., when a car with its headlights off stopped beside them and three older teens emerged. One of the boys was robbed just as 26-year-old Scott Michael Kraft walked through the area on his way to work.

The back seat passenger shot Kraft and then robbed him as he lay wounded in the street, said Gilbert Lt. Joe Ruet on Saturday. Investigators told Ruet the incidents happened almost simultaneously.

The two boys fled to a nearby Taco Bell to report the incident. The crimes occurred in a well-lit area near a Taco Bell, a Circle K and a Starbucks with a patio.

“People are especially concerned about this type of crime because of its random nature,” Ruet said.

Police will be holding a community meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Mesquite High School auditorium, 500 S. McQueen Road, to talk to the public about the incident. Ruet said officers will teach residents how to be better aware of their surroundings and remind them they must be the community’s eyes and ears. Police have established a hot line for information regarding the case at (480) 635-7316.

“All we need is one correct phone call,” Ruet said.

Witnesses describe the assailants’ vehicle as a dark-colored 1980s model passenger car similar to an Acura Integra or Honda Accord.

It had damage to the front end, primer or oxidized paint, flip-up headlights and a temporary registration displayed in the upper right corner of the rear window. It was last seen traveling west on Ray Road near Cooper Road.

Composite sketches were generated for two of the three robbers. Police spokesman Andrew Duncan said a likeness of the front-seat passenger could not be assembled.

Contributions in Kraft’s memory can be made at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union to account No. 922615-04.

Assailant 3
The front seat passenger is described as a light-skinned Hispanic or American Indian male, approximately 17 years old, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build, mustache and a thin goatee. The teenager wore a black long-sleeved shirt, baggy black Dickies-style pants and black cotton gloves.


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