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Mesa PD: ‘Thirsty Cowboy’ armed robber arrested

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Aaron Hess. (Mesa PD)

Between Nov. 27 and Dec. 12, several armed robberies were committed in Mesa and Tempe. Police said each incident had a similar suspect description and collectively were referred to as the “Thirsty Cowboy Armed Robbery Series.” Mesa officials said that on Dec. 14, “thanks to great cooperation and coordination between our agency and Tempe Police Department and Gilbert Police Department, probable cause was established to charge Aaron Michael Hess, 58, with two counts of armed robbery with a deadly weapon, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/dangerous instrument, one count of attempted armed robbery with a deadly weapon, and three counts of kidnap-apprehension of injury.”

Mesa incidents:

Nov. 27 – Water and Ice store, 1927 N. Gilbert Road. Suspect description: White wale, 50-60 years old, wearing long-sleeved plaid shirt, jeans, tinted glasses and a tan-colored cowboy-style hat.

Nov. 29 – Fiiz Drinks, 1942 E. Southern Ave. Suspect description: White male, 50-60 years old, 160 pounds with blue eyes, gray hair, saggy sunken in cheeks wearing a brown/red long-sleeved shirt, khaki pants, and tan cowboy-style hat.

Dec. 12 – Bahama Bucks, 303 E. Southern Ave. Suspect description: White male, late 50s or even early 60s, having a very light complexion, a medium length beard, 5-foot-5 or 5-foot-6, having a thin build and approximately 130 pounds. The suspect was wearing dark-colored jeans, a plain black unzipped hooded sweater with the hood up, and an unknown color T-shirt.

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