MARICOPA — While someone was arrested for driving a truck stolen from a Maricopa student last week, police confirmed the person who actually stole it at the school remains at large.
Maricopa Police released a photo Monday of the suspect identified as the person involved in the armed robbery at Sequoia Pathway Academy on Wednesday. The man, identified as Niko Biarco, has yet to be apprehended by police and is considered armed and dangerous.
According to Biarco’s Facebook page, he was most recently working in the Gila River Indian Community and is from Casa Blanca.
Biarco is familiar with the law. According to court records, in 2018 he pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge, in 2013 he was found guilty on one count of shoplifting and seven counts of failure to appear and in 2011 he was charged and convicted for carrying a firearm as a minor. He currently has a warrant out for his arrest in Maricopa, according to public records.
On Thursday, the stolen truck was seen at a Circle K in Casa Grande by a bystander. A different person then led police on a chase in the stolen vehicle on Interstate 10, ending when the person crashed the truck into a wash on the Gila River Indian Community. The person behind the wheel fled on foot but was later apprehended by Gila River Police.
That person has not been identified.