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Suspect With Air Jordan Logo Tattoo On His Face Arrested For Drug-Related Shooting of Two People in Arizona

August 21, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Suspect With Air Jordan Logo Tattoo On His Face Arrested For Drug-Related Shooting of Two People in Arizona

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Police in Arizona arrested a suspect early Thursday in a drug-related shooting that wounded two people Wednesday afternoon near Evergreen Park in central Mesa.

Detective Steve Flores, a police spokesman, identified Mark Santo DeMasse III, 32, as a suspect. Flores said police tracked down DeMasse, who has a history of arrests, and arrested him at about 4:30 a.m. at an apartment complex in Tempe, near First Street and Hardy Drive.

Flores said that DeMasse and the victim knew each other and that the shooting stemmed from a drug deal at the park, although the victim was shot in the abdomen on a nearby sidewalk in the 300 block of W. Fifth Street. Police have had problems with gang-related activity at the park.

DeMasse was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, and police are pursuing additional charges, Flores said. The victim, whose name was not released, is expected to survive his wounds.

The second victim, a woman who had been with the other victim at the park earlier in the day, was walking about 100 feet behind the victim when she was shot in the leg, Flores said.

“She was in the line of fire,” he said, and detectives do not believe she was the intended target. He described the woman as a transient and said she survived her injuries.

A witness at the scene said he heard four pops as he was backing out of his driveway. He said he ran over to the male victim and called 911 so the paramedics could help him.

Maricopa County Superior Court records show DeMasse pleaded guilty in 2008 to charges of misconduct involving weapons and armed robbery.

DeMasse has twice served time in Arizona prisons, according to Arizona Department of Corrections records. DeMasse served about 10 months in prison from 2000 to 2001 on an attempted misconduct-involving-weapons charge.

He was sentenced to four years in prison on the most recent misconduct-involving-weapons and armed-robbery charges and was incarcerated from 2008 to 2011, according to the website.

He logged five disciplinary infractions while in prison, including two for drug possession and one for giving or receiving a tattoo.

 

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