Fleeing SRPD suspect arrested in Tempe for carjacking

Scottsdale Police Department Headquarters is at 8401 E. Indian School Road. (Independent Newsmedia/Terrance Thornton)

Scottsdale Police Department Headquarters is at 8401 E. Indian School Road. (Independent Newsmedia/Terrance Thornton)

A man suspected of a carjacking at the intersection of Osborn Road and Drinkwater Boulevard on Oct. 21, was arrested on Nov. 9 in Tempe.

At 11:50 a.m. on Oct. 21, Rodolfo Avalos, 27, was in the custody of a Salt River police officer in the emergency room at Honor Health, 7400 E. Osborn in Scottsdale, when he escaped.

The prisoner was facing numerous felony charges from an incident earlier in the day, according to police.

The SRPD officer stepped out of the room briefly while Avalos was handcuffed to the bed while still being guarded by an Honor Health security guard who was also in the room. Avalos was able to free his handcuff from the bed and pushed past the security guard, police stated.

Avalos then fled the hospital and approached a female victim as she was stopped in her vehicle at the Osborn and Drinkwater intersection.

The suspect entered the passenger side of the female victim’s silver Lexus SUV and the driver got out of the vehicle, said police.  Avalos then got into the driver’s seat and drove away.

The victim was uninjured and she immediately called 9-1-1.

In early-November the female victim’s vehicle was recovered abandoned in Phoenix, according to police.

Avalos was arrested in Tempe on Nov. 9 during another carjacking by the Tempe Police Department.

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