The man Phoenix police wanted behind bars more than any other told his associates he was willing to shoot it out with police if they tried to arrest him, but police say that a concerted and precise operation prevented him from carrying out his wish during his arrest Sunday night.
Angel Padilla, a 35-year-old ex-convict with a violent past and ties to gangs, gave up after Phoenix police SWAT members stormed a house near 91st Avenue and Palm Lane about 6 p.m. Sunday.
"We heard first the boom," said neighbor Jesse Henson talking about the SWAT team who had to knock down a cinder block wall to get to the backside of the home. "The policeman said you would be safer to stay in the house and shut the door," he said.
Henson said there were always "strange cars all day, all night."
Police said they worked hundreds of tips to find Padilla there. Both adults and children were inside and are believed to be unrelated at this point.
"We were able to get them out of the house. Mr. Padilla remained in the basement for a very short period of time, started to come out the back and when he realized we were in the backyard, he gave up without incident," said T.J. Martin with the Phoenix Police Tactical Support Bureau.
Martos credited teamwork between the various units of the police department and help from the community, especially the Silent Witness program, in helping corral Padilla. "There were countless hours dedicated to getting this violent felon off the streets," Martos said. "We are a much safer community."
"We have been very dedicated to protect the community and bring him to justice," said Assistant Chief Joe Yahner.
Officials said Padilla had served time in prison for a manslaughter charge and was believed to have joined a prison gang with affiliations in Phoenix. He used those affiliations to avoid his arrest, moving from among various motels, hotels, acquaintances and friends over the past 36 days.
Officials said more arrests could come from helping and harboring Padilla.
They said Padilla had lived in the neighborhood where he was arrested since he was a child.
Padilla is also a strong suspect in a series of other crimes in Phoenix since firing at the officer, including a home invasion in which one person was brutally beaten and later died.
Martin said investigators had exhaustively been looking for Padilla over the last five weeks. He said officers pored over hundreds of leads and that an additional 30 people had been arrested on unrelated crimes because of the breadth of the investigation.
Martin said officers had the front and back doors of the residence covered and when Padilla found no way out the back door, he gave up.
Martos said a gun was found in the house. Padilla allegedly fired an assault-style rifle at the police officer Oct. 13.
Police said Padilla was most likely in the Phoenix area the entire time based on tips and information police uncovered.
Martos said Padilla was not cooperating with police, but that he looked "defeated, exhausted and wanted to get over with."
Padilla is charged with weapons possession, attempted murder and aggravated assault.
Police said on Monday that more charges are expected.
Copyright 2012 CBS 5(Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:37 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:37:02 GMT
WNEM has received word that a teenager is dead and two adults have been injured and taken to the hospital after being caught during the storm while boating on the Saginaw Bay. The teenager, a 14-year-oldMore >
WNEM has received word that a teenager is dead and two adults have been injured and taken to the hospital after being caught while boating during the storm.More >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:26:49 GMT
The Midland County Sheriff's Office is investigating a two vehicle crash that claimed the life of a Gladwin County woman, severely injured her husband and resulted in minor injuries to a 16-year-old femaleMore >
The Midland County Sheriff's Office is investigating a two vehicle crash that claimed the life of a Gladwin County woman, severely injured her husband and resulted in minor injuries to a 16-year-old female driver.More >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >
WNEM has received word that 83 positions at St. Mary's of Michigan will be cut along with a number of open positions are not currently filled. The medical provider is looking for ways to be more effectiveMore >
WNEM has received word that 83 positions at St. Mary's of Michigan will be cut along with a number of open positions that are not currently filled.More >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information on obituaries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends in Mid-Michigan. Death notices are displayed during theMore >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends who have lost loved ones.More >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 3:33 PM EDT2013-06-18 19:33:04 GMT
In what was initially thought to be police searching for stolen guns was actually a search for a stolen boat and backhoe. The Tuscola County Sheriff's department said they unearthed a boat – all 26-feetMore >
In what was initially thought to be police searching for stolen guns turned out to be a search for a stolen boat and backhoe.More >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:47:53 GMT
Police have released the identity of the woman killed in Saginaw's latest homicide on Sunday. Denise Price, 43, was killed near the intersection of S. 5th and Burt streets, becoming the city's 18th homicideMore >
Police have released the identity of the woman killed in Saginaw's latest homicide Sunday.More >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:41:10 GMT
You can sign up to hunt deer at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw County.Last year they handed out 760 permits with a total harvest of 117 deer.You have until August 14 to register.TheMore >
You can sign up to hunt deer at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw County.More >