Kidnapping, burglary, aggravated assault added to previous warrants for forgery, fraud
The Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) Community Response Enforcement Unit (CREU) arrested Edward Meyer of Chandler last week after a foot chase and a standoff at an Apache Junction residence.
On August 14, 2018, CREU detectives attempted to stop Meyer, who was riding a bicycle at 4th Avenue and Smythe in Apache Junction.
Officials said that Meyer fit the description of a suspect AJPD officers were looking for on a previously reported hit and run vehicle collision.
The suspect attempted to flee from CREU on foot. Detectives followed him through several properties to a yard in the 3000 West block of 4th Ave. where they lost visual contact.
According to AJPD, detectives could hear voices inside the residence where the suspect was last seen and attempted to contact the resident at the home’s front door.
While detectives knocked on the door, they heard a female scream for help.
According to a press release from AJPD:
“Detectives attempted to breach the door and a female stumbled out of the doorway with blood on her face. It was reported by the victim that the male suspect entered the residence and pushed the victim to the ground and covered her mouth with his hands to keep her from alerting the police. The male suspect threatened the victim that he would kill her if she alerted police. The suspect and the victim were the only people inside the victim’s residence for approximately 20 minutes. The victim struggled, but was able to yell loud enough for detectives to hear her calls for help from inside the residence. A perimeter had been established around the residence by detectives and patrol.
“The suspect attempted to flee through the back door and was confronted by detectives outside. The suspect, identified as Edward Meyer, age 38, of 6208 W. Ivanhoe St., Chandler, AZ, told detectives to shoot him as he was grabbing at this waist. Detectives utilized discipline, holding the suspect at gunpoint until patrol and detectives from inside the residence closed in on Meyer and tased him.
“Meyer was successfully taken into custody without further incident. The victim was treated for minor cuts at a local hospital and released.”
Officials said that Meyer initially fled from police based on two felony warrants: a Maricopa County Superior Court probation violation for forgery and credit card fraud. He is currently being held at the Pinal County jail on $50,000 bond from Pinal County Superior Court on AJPD charges for kidnapping, burglary and aggravated assault, as well as the probation violation and credit card fraud.