On Monday, December 23rd, 2013, at 6:25 a.m., an armed robbery occurred at the “M Passion Adult Boutique” in Picacho Peak. Two armed suspects entered the business and tied up the female employee in a back room. The female was able to escape and called 9-1-1 as the suspects were running out the back door. The safe from the business was taken by the suspects.
An “attempt to locate” was broadcast to several law enforcement agencies.
At 6:29 a.m., a PCSO deputy located an Audi passenger car in the area of the reported robbery leaving at a high rate of speed westbound on Interstate-10. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle by using his emergency lights and siren. The vehicle failed to yield, and a pursuit was initiated in which the Audi reached speeds in excess of 120 mph.
At 6:37 a.m., the suspect vehicle exited onto northbound Highway 87. The suspect vehicle pulled into a dirt field and then, the suspect vehicle and deputy’s vehicle collided.
Initial information is the two armed suspects exited the vehicle and shot at the deputy. The deputy returned fire and shot both suspects. One suspect died at the scene, and the other suspect, who was shot in the arm and leg, attempted to run. The deputy was able to catch him and attempted to arrest him yet the suspect fought with him. Eventually, the suspect was taken into custody and transported to a hospital to be treated for his gunshot wounds.
Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau were on scene and will be conducting both the robbery and deputy involved shooting investigation.
The deputy involved is a seven year veteran of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently assigned to the patrol division but also is a member of the SWAT and Search and Rescue Team.
The two suspects involved are both adult males in their thirties. Matthew Clowers (age 32), deceased, spent 10 years in prison from December 21, 1999 to June 25, 2009 for Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon and Armed Robbery. He was convicted in Pima County. The suspect in the hospital is Adam Chavez (age 23), who spent 8 months in prison from June 21, 2011 to February 22, 2012 for Endangerment and Theft, convicted in Pinal County.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “These armed robbers tied up the female clerk and thought they were getting away with the cash from the register and the safe, yet our deputies were quick to catch these bad guys. In the end, our deputies go home safe and one suspect goes to the morgue and the other to the hospital before life in prison. Our deputy involved in the pursuit and shooting is a highly disciplined patrol deputy who is a member of our special weapons and tactics team.”