Phoenix Criminal Law News - Find a Phoenix Criminal Attorney

Angel Padilla Arrested for Kidnapping Wife, Firing at Officer

An ex-con accused of kidnapping his estranged wife and shooting at a Phoenix police officer has been taken into custody.

Angel Padilla was arrested during a raid on a house near 91st Avenue and Palm Lane on Sunday, AZfamily.com reports. He's now facing a number of charges including attempted first-degree murder.

The arrest ends a month-long crime spree Padilla is said to have carried out across parts of the Valley.

According to police, Padilla was responsible for a string of home invasions that took place in October. In one such incident, Padilla allegedly hopped a fence and kicked in the back door of a Phoenix home. He then held the homeowner at gunpoint until he handed over the keys to his truck, according to AZfamily.com.

Then on Oct. 13, Padilla allegedly assaulted and kidnapped his ex-wife. Later that day, Padilla was pulled over for a traffic violation, leading to a shootout with police. According to authorities, Padilla fired more than 37 rounds at the officer's car with an assault rifle. Fortunately, the officer and Padilla's wife suffered only minor injuries.

Police also believe Padilla was responsible for the Oct. 11 beating death of 67-year-old David Cardoza. Cardoza was reportedly home alone when someone broke in and attacked him. He was in the hospital for nearly a month before dying from his injuries on Nov. 9.

Padilla didn't put up a fight when the Phoenix SWAT team arrested him Sunday night. Investigators were reportedly seeking a search warrant for the house, where they expected to find weapons.

Padilla has spent most of his adult life behind bars and could be heading back soon. He's been charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.

The aggravated assault charge alone could get Padilla more than a decade in prison. And if it's true that Padilla unloaded 37 rounds into the officer's car, an attempted murder conviction is probably in the cards as well.

Related Resources: