On Sunday evening, 18-year-old Alex Joseph Haider turned himself in to Tucson Police officers on connection with an armed robbery and stabbing at Chariot Pizza on September 1.
On September 1, 2016, just before 11:00 p.m., officers responded to a report of an armed robbery and stabbing at Chariot Pizza located at 3930 N. Flowing Wells Rd. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male employee with obvious stab wounds and immediately began rending aid. Members from the Tucson Fire Department arrived on scene and took over treatment. The employee was transported to Banner University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. They also located another adult male employee who had something sprayed into his eyes, causing temporary blinding and burning. That employee was treated on scene.
The officers learned the business was closed and the employees had been inside performing end of the night tasks when two unknown male suspects entered through the unlocked back door of the business. One suspect immediately sprayed what appeared to be pepper spray into the face of one of the employees. The suspect then chased after the other employee. That employee attempted to stop the suspect and the two began to struggle. As they were struggling, the other suspect responded over to assist and stabbed the employee multiple times. The first suspect then stomped on the employee several times. The two males fled the area on foot in an unknown direction. The Air Unit responded to assist, but neither suspect was located.
Detectives from the Night Detectives Unit responded to the scene to continue the investigation. They learned after the altercation with the two employees, one of the suspects attempted to take money from the cash register before both suspects fled the area on foot.
The incident was reported through local media. On September 4, 2016, the Tucson Police Department began receiving multiple tips on possible suspects.
These tips led them to Mr. Haider. Mr. Haider was arrested without incident and booked into the Pima County Jail on the following charges:
- Attempted Armed Robbery – A Class 3 Felony
- Aggravated Robbery – A Class 3 Felony
- Aggravated Assault with a Weapon – A Class 4 Felony
- Kidnapping – A Class 4 Felony
- Unrelated Misdemeanor Warrant
The other male suspect wanted in connection to this incident is outstanding. He is described as a Caucasian male, 5”9”, 200 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. Robbery detectives are furthering their investigation and following up on all leads. They are asking anyone with information related to this incident to please call 911 or 88-CRIME.