Suspects wanted in Arizona jewelry store shooting apprehended


Huntington Beach, Calif. – Two suspects wanted in a violent robbery at an Arizona jewelry store that left an employee in critical condition have been arrested.

Police in Huntington Beach, Calif., arrested Matthew David Jones, 22, and Helen Ann Simmons, 18, in the early morning hours of July 16 after the couple led police on a chase of more than an hour in a U-Haul. , chase video shows.

A police spokesperson said the chase began after a patrol officer saw the suspects committing a traffic violation in the U-Haul. When the officer took down the U-Haul’s license plate number, he revealed that an occupant of the vehicle was wanted for a felony in Arizona.

Detectives from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona later determined that Jones and Simmons matched descriptions of the suspects wanted in the July 12 armed robbery at a jewelry store in Anthem, a planned community in the Phoenix area, said MCSO.

Matthew David Jones, 22 (left) and Helen Ann Simmons, 18, are wanted in connection with a robbery and shooting at a jewelry store in Anthem, Arizona on July 12. (Photo courtesy of Jewelers’ Security Alliance)

In that robbery, which was included in the Jewelers’ Security Alliance’s July 14 crime alert, the suspects were dressed in black and wearing motorcycle helmets when they entered the store around 6 p.m.

One suspect pointed a gun at employees while the second smashed display cases and stole jewelry before they both fled on motorbikes, the JSA said.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found one person with gunshot wounds, marking the second shot of a jewelry store employee in one week.
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Huntington Beach police charged Jones with resisting or obstructing an arrest and evading a peace officer while Simmons was charged with drunk and disorderly conduct. Both have also been convicted on outstanding arrest warrants related to the robbery in Anthem.

Jones is being held on $1.2 million bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for July 27, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department online records.

The Simmons bond is set at $500,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for August 18.

Editor’s note: This story was updated after publication to add details about the start of the vehicle chase that resulted in the arrest of the suspects.


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