A nightmarish few hours for Anthony Michael Grad ended well, thanks to a Peoria resident who called 911 to get Grad medical assistance.
Grad’s ordeal started with a carjacking in the south end of Phoenix and ended with a shooting in north Peoria.
Grad was bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. In the hours before he was treated, three young men allegedly carjacked him, forced him to withdraw money from ATMs, stole his Jeep, wallet and phone before letting him go.
As he fled, they shot him in the back.
Grad told Phoenix Police after arguing with his girlfriend, he decided to sleep in his car in an apartment parking lot at 4424 E. Baseline Road.
He woke to find a man in a ski mask, pointing a gun at him.
The man was Roderick Jabri Smith, 18, and on probation for an armed robbery, according to a probable cause report by Phoenix Police.
Smith and two others wearing ski masks held Grad at gunpoint as they drove him to ATMs. They demanded his personal identification number and withdrew hundreds of dollars.
The suspects allegedly smoked marijuana as they drove through Glendale and Peoria, finally stopping at 71st Avenue and Greenway Road, not far from the Peoria Sports Complex and the Peoria/Glendale border.
Grad told police the men ordered him from the car and told him to walk backwards. As he did, he turned and ran after seeing one of the men point a gun at him.
“He heard six to eight gunshots coming from the direction he fled from, when he felt one round hit him in his lower back,” the report states.
Grad continued running until he found a house on West Caribbean Lane.
“At the location (Grad) made contact with the resident to tell him he had been shot,” according to the report.
“The resident called 911 to report the incident.”
Emergency personnel transported Grad to Banner Thunderbird Hospital.
According to the report, police received Grad’s phone location from his cellular service company. Police traced the phone and Grad’s vehicle to South 21st Place in Phoenix, not far from the alleged carjacking.
The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and “traveled at a high-rate of speed through residential neighborhoods and onto main roads” as Phoenix Police chased.
Police were able to stop the vehicle after a brief chase and arrested three suspects. Two are juveniles.
According to the police report, Smith admitted to the carjacking and theft of money, but denied shooting Grad.
According to the report, Smith, described as “very dangerous,” was not done with his crime spree. While being book, he briefly escaped custody before being recaptured.
Smith is in the Fourth Street Jail, awaiting trial. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 9 at Maricopa County Superior Court.
He faces charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and theft.
According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, his accomplices, 16 and 17 years old, were booked into juvenile detention on similar charges.