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Crime Trackers: Marana Police stop suspect accused in crosstown crime spree

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MARANA- A crime spree that started Thursday morning, with the robbery of a Tucson convenience store, ended in Marana.

Police say the suspect confronted them with a stolen gun in the 5600 block of West Coca Cola Place.  

Investigators told us he took the weapon from a Wal-Mart moments before officers made contact with him.

Here's the suspect's trail on his way to that Wal-Mart in Marana:

It began at 29th street and Columbus where he robbed a 7/11.

Then, he went less than a mile away to the Tucson Baptist Temple at 22nd street and Columbus, where he smashed through the front door.

When Pastor Mike Frymier arrived with other the church staff they smelled smoke. 

“He barricaded himself in a room, he set fire, then escaped out of the window and went on his way," said Frymier.

From there, he surfaced at a home near 22nd and Alvernon. Police say he broke into a house while the homeowners were there and stole their vehicle. 

Susan Thompson is a neighbor and said, “that's scary, I didn't even know it had happened. We look out for one another. 

“If they would have come here it would have been a lot worse for that person," said another neighbor Chris Rogers.  "That's all I'm going to say”

Next, the suspect showed up at the Marana Wal-Mart.

Police say the suspect drove the stolen car to the Arizona Pavilions shopping center. While inside the Wal-Mart he stole a rifle. 

Employees called 911 and Marana police responded immediately.

Police say the suspect loaded the weapon in the parking lot and pointed it to his head.

“Officers told him to drop the weapon, the officers told him not to hurt himself it wasn't worth it," said Marana Sergeant Chris Warren.  "Trying to talk him out of it. He refused and continued walking.”

Edgar Dominguez happened to be in the area and saw the suspect shoot the rifle. 

"I think he was shooting to tell whoever he heard say it's not loaded to prove them wrong,“ said Dominguez.  

A patrol officer caught up to the suspect on Coca Cola Place and struck him with his squad car. It brought the crime spree to an end. 

He was arrested and taken to the hospital, where he is in stable condition.

Pastor Frymier believes, “What he did was wrong. I would tell him he needs to make restitution for what he's done. But, I would also tell him there is forgiveness available for all of us through Jesus Christ."

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