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Ahwatukee drop house

Posted under Phoenix Crime by Administrator on Thursday 26 July 2007 at 3:39 pm

Police discovered 19 suspected undocumented immigrants in an Ahwatukee Foothills home near 46th Street and Warner Road Thursday morning. At 12:15 p.m., police were awaiting the arrival of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to pick up the people from the home in the 12800 block of South 46th Street, Phoenix Police Sgt. Leonard Pinuelas said.

A resident called police Thursday morning to say someone was pulling on doorknobs of different houses in the neighborhoods, Pinuelas said. Police came to investigate and did not find the suspect but saw someone looking out of a window and a garage door open at the home.

Police entered the home and found the suspected undocumented immigrants inside, Pinuelas said. The home has no furniture and the people had no food and were staying in “very bad conditions,” he said.

Ahwatukee drop house.

Update on Mark Goudeau trial

Posted under Phoenix Crime by Administrator on Wednesday 25 July 2007 at 5:38 pm

As her alleged assailant looked on, one of two sisters who survived a sexual assault told a Maricopa County Superior Court jury how for an instant she got her hands on her attacker’s gun and nearly turned the tables on him.

It was a suspenseful moment in the rape trial of Mark Goudeau, who police and prosecutors believe to be the “Baseline Killer.”

The woman — The Republic does not publish names of sexual assault victims — told jurors how her attacker made her remove her clothes and get on the ground where he assaulted her repeatedly. As he performed a sex act on her, she said through a Spanish-language interpreter, “He told me not to open my eyes, but I did. And I looked toward the wall and saw the gun was there,” she continued. “I grabbed it.”

Then, she and her older sister tussled with the attacker over the gun, each of them getting it in her hands at some point. But he eventually got it back and continued his attack. Goudeau, 42, is on trial in Maricopa County Superior Court on 19 counts, including sexual assault, sexual abuse, kidnapping and aggravated assault stemming from the September 2005 attack.

No trial has yet been set for the remaining 74 counts for which Goudeau is charged, including nine murders. The sisters were walking home from a park in south Phoenix when they were jumped by a man wielding a gun. He took them into the bushes and assaulted them even as cars drove past them in the suburban-style neighborhood.

Both women have identified Goudeau as their attacker. The witness winced Wednesday when forced to look in his direction in the courtroom.


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