Neighbor speaks out about attempted robbery turned shootout at local Mobile Park
Angel Estrada Valderas, one of the suspects in the robbery.
YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - An attempted robbery turned into a shoot-out last night.
Police say the victim, who was also armed with a gun and has a legally concealed weapons permit, opened fire and shot one of the robbers—who had to be flown to a Phoenix hospital for care.
The robber is now in stable condition.
The victim was not hit.
A neighbor, who does not want to be identified but had a bullet go right through her mobile home, says that she is lucky to not have been home at the time of the shootout last night.
The bullet went straight through her living room window at Desert Palms Mobile Home Park.
She says had she been home, "who knows what would have happened."
Investigators tell us police were able to arrest two more suspects: Jesus Bernal Rivas and Angel Estrada Valderas at Yuma Regional Medical Center—where they had taken the other suspect who was shot by the victim they were trying to rob.
The resident whose home was shot at says she isn't surprised something like this happened because sadly it has become all too common.
"If I had been sitting here I'd probably be really cut up because the glass went from the china cabinet all the way across two rooms with a lot of force," she said. "And I'm very grateful I wasn't sitting here or at home."
In regards to the suspects, the neighbor said, "They can put them away for long time as far as I'm concerned. They don't belong out on the streets so being in jail is a good place for them."
Tonight, police continue to investigate this attempted robbery turned shootout.
Police are not saying who fired the first shot, but they say the victim has a legally concealed weapons permit. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 78-CRIME.
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