Burglary Logo

MARICOPA — There are times when criminals are actually caught red-handed.

Anbe Preciouss Norman, 25, was arrested by Maricopa Police for burglarizing a home in the 37600 block of West Capri Avenue after she left a trail of blood for investigators to follow.

Norman, who lists her address as homeless, was arrested Oct. 15 and charged with second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, first-degree trespassing and criminal damage.

According to a Maricopa Police probable cause statement, “On 10/15/19 at about 1109 hours (11:09 a.m.), Anbe Norman unlawfully entered the backyard of a residence. After entering the backyard, Anbe broke three sliding glass windows and the sliding glass door with a hammer.”

The damage to the glass was estimated to cost $2,500.

According to court records, Norman then entered the residence and took a flat-panel television.

When breaking the windows, she apparently suffered a cut to her right hand, causing her to leave drops of blood at the scene.

“Anbe left the residence on foot and MPD officers followed the blood trail away from the residence, locating her near Bowlin Road and Sorrento Boulevard,” the report states.

During a search, police found a large kitchen knife in her backpack.

“The knife had blood on it, which was consistent with Anbe handling it during the burglary,” the report states. Burnt marijuana joints were also found in her backpack along with her medical marijuana card.

During a post-arrest interview, Norman told police she was in an altercation with her ex-girlfriend in Phoenix and that person’s new boyfriend resides just a few houses away from the one she broke into. She told police the addresses had similar numbers in them and she meant to break the windows out of her ex’s new boyfriend’s house.

She told police she “blacked out” during the burglary and can’t remember exactly what happened, but she thought she used a hammer to break the windows.

Norman is scheduled to appear in Pinal County Superior Court on at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1. She was freed on her own recognizance.

Arrest made in AJ death from 2018

APACHE JUNCTION — Jesse Ray Day, 34, was arrested Friday for manslaughter in connection with a motor vehicle striking and killing a pedestrian on Oct. 19, 2018, in Apache Junction.

Apache Junction Police spokesman Cpl. Marshall Harshman said Bernice Gilbeau was struck and killed as she was walking along the side of Delaware Drive, just south of Foothill Street, at 5:49 a.m.

Day was indicted by a Pinal County grand jury, arrested Oct. 19 and placed into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center exactly one year to the day after Gilbeau’s death. He remains jailed pending the posting of a $100,000 secured bond.

Day is scheduled to be arraigned on the manslaughter charge along with third-degree criminal trespassing at 8:30 a.m. Friday in Pinal County Superior Court.

Man charged with assault in STV

SAN TAN VALLEY — Jose Arias, 35, remains in the Pinal County Adult Detention Center pending the posting of a $400,000 cash bond after he allegedly raped a woman.

According to court records, Arias is charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of aggravated harassment after he reportedly assaulted the woman inside her residence in San Tan Valley.

He allegedly entered the residence through an unlocked garage door on Oct. 2. The victim attempted to close the door on him as he entered the garage, but Arias put his foot in the doorway and prevented it from closing, according to court documents.

He entered the house and the two began arguing in the living room but the argument moved into a bedroom.

“The victim attempted to get out of the room and the subject blocked her exit, picked her up with a bear hug and threw her on the bed. The victim was unable to escape and attempted to run around the bed to get away from him,” a police probable cause statement reads.

Though the victim screamed for him to stop, court records describe how Arias sexually assaulted the woman.

He then locked her in the bedroom and was walking around the house, apparently looking for his phone. The woman waited several hours for him to leave and fell asleep.

She awoke the next day and found Arias asleep on the couch. She dressed for work and left the house even though he remained inside the home.

She drove to a friend’s house and then to a hospital and informed the staff that she had been raped.

The hospital staff performed a sexual assault examination and found she suffered from at least 16 sexual assault-related injuries.

Police issued a bulletin for the arrest of Arias and he was seen by an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent in Buckeye. Buckeye Police conducted a traffic stop and arrested him on Oct. 11.

Arias is scheduled to be arraigned in Pinal County Superior Court on Friday.

CBP reports death of immigrant

TUCSON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say a Mexican immigrant taken into custody near Casa Grande who later died at an Arizona hospital had a pre-existing heart condition.

The name of the 49-year-old man wasn’t immediately released Tuesday.

CBP officials said the man was apprehended south of Casa Grande by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents around 1 p.m. Sunday.

During processing it was determined the man needed medical attention and was transported to a Tucson-area hospital.

Medical officials determined the man had a pre-existing heart condition and he was pronounced dead around 9 a.m. Monday.

Drug drop-off set for Saturday

CASA GRANDE — The Arizona Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will be hosting a prescription drug disposal drop-off in Casa Grande on Saturday.

Area residents can dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Casa Grande Highway Patrol office, 410 W. Centennial Blvd.

Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last fall, Americans turned in nearly more than 937,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds of pills.

— Staff Reports


Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.