A smartphone helps track down man, woman after armed robbery
Irene Garcia, 23, and Daniel Morales, 22, were charged with armed robbery, aggravated robbery and more after two women reported being robbed at gun point.
CREATED Dec. 22, 2012
Web Producer: Taylor Higgins
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Two women were robbed at gunpoint, but one of the victim's smartphones helped lead police to a man and woman who were then charged with multiple crimes.
Deputies with the San Xavier District responded to a reported robbery at Mexican Hat Drive and Coneflower Drive at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Deputy Tom Peine with the Pima County.
After responding to the scene, deputies discovered two women who said they had just been robbed at gunpoint, Peine says.
The two women said that a man and woman approached them in a dark-colored SUV. They said the man got out of the car and forced them to lay down on the ground at gunpoint. He then searched them and took a smartphone, a wallet and their identification, according to Peine.
Peine tells KGUN9 that one of the women contacted her brother and told him about the robbery. The brother then activated an application installed on the smartphone in order to track its location. It was indicated that the phone was at a hotel near 297 E. Benson Highway.
The brother flagged down a South Tucson Police officer after driving to the hotel location and police were able to determine the specific hotel room where the phone was located.
After the arrival of back up officers, agents attempted to make contact with the hotel room, but no one answered the door.
A search warrant was then obtained and the Pima Regional SWAT Team responded to assist. Agents forced entry into the hotel room and detained 23-year-old Irene Garcia and 22-year-old Daniel Morales.
Peine says that detectives with the Sheriff's Robbery/Assault Unit responded to conduct an investigation. Inside the hotel room, they found the women's smartphone, identification for one of the women, a semi-automatic Colt .45 handgun that was reported stolen to Tucson Police in 2006 and marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The vehicle used during the robbery also turned out to be stolen. It was so reported to Tucson Police on December 20, 2012, according to Peine.
Garcia and Morales were arrested and charged with armed robbery, aggravated robbery, theft of means of transportation, possession of Marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. Moralas was also charged with aggravated assault.