Aug 28, 2014 6:57 PM by Scott Oathout

Man accused of stealing car with baby inside, facing 11 charges

TUCSON- The suspect in Wednesday's south side crime spree is facing 11 charges, including kidnapping and second-degree burglary.

Juan Valenzuela, 32, first stole a car with a 1-year-old boy inside at a shopping center on Irvington and Campbell around 4:22 p.m.

Police say Valenzuela dropped the boy off at an unknown apartment at Park and Drexel, before crashing the car near 6th and Aragon.

He then broke into a house and found keys to a van, police said.

After taking the van, he made his way onto the Wakefield Middle School campus, crashing through fences, overturning tables, and driving through the baseball field.

No kids were present at the time.

By then, Tucson police were chasing the stolen van and a helicopter was keeping tabs from above.

Valenzuela crashed the van in an ally near 6th Avenue and 32nd Street and was arrested by police.

Police say he is facing two counts on second-degree burglary, theft, unlawful flight from law enforcement. He's also facing one count on kidnapping, criminal damage, aggravated criminal damage, aggravated DUI with a passenger under 15, and endangerment.

According to police, he also had a misdemeanor warrant out of Tucson.

(Photo: Tucson Police Department)


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