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Nov 20, 2012 5:55 PM by Ian Cross

Police ID suspect arrested for burglary of house where Sgt. Carpenter was shot

TUCSON - On Monday, Tucson Police have arrested a suspect in the two burglary incidents at the midtown residence where Sgt. Robert Carpenter was shot in the head Sunday morning.

TPD officers took Richard "Ricky" Mendoza Jr., 29, into custody Monday night after serving a search warrant at the Randolph Park Hotel at 102 North Alvernon Way. While investigating the burglary incidents at the midtown house where Sgt. Carpenter was shot, police determined Mendoza was a person of interest in these cases, and that he was staying at the Randolph Park Hotel. Various investigative, patrol and SWAT resources responded to assist officers in locating and detaining Mendoza, the release states.

A search warrant was issued for Mendoza's room and vehicles associated with him, and detectives were able to confirm his involvement in both burglary incidents at the residence in the 4000 block of East Elmwood. Detectives also determined that he was the man officers saw fleeing the first burglary incident early Sunday morning.

Mendoza was arrested for two counts of First Degree Burglary, one count of Second Degree Burglary, and 6 counts of Prohibited Possessor, all felony offenses, according to police.

As of the latest update from Tucson Police, Sgt. Carpenter remains in critical but stable condition at University of Arizona Medical Center after being shot in the head Sunday morning. The investigation of his shooting continues, and "additional updates will be released once information becomes available," police officials stated.

Tucson Police, in conjunction with 88-CRIME, are now offering a reward of up to $26,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the individual or individuals responsible for the shooting incident.

"The reward money raised thus far is a result of contributions made by 88-Crime, the Arizona Attorney General's Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the United States Marshal's Service, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and various private citizens who wish to remain anonymous," police officials stated. "Our most sincere thanks go out to all those who have provided the Tucson Police Department and the Carpenter family with such an unbelievable show of support."

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