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Machete-wielding man arrested in string of robberies at Arizona cellphone stores

A man is behind bars for allegedly robbing four Phoenix cell phone stores while wielding a machete and pepper spray, police said.

David Gutierrez is accused of robbing two Cricket Wireless stores and two T-Mobile stores in the Maryvale area, FOX 10 Phoenix reports.

David Gutierrez is accused of robbing two Cricket Wireless stores and two T-Mobile stores in Phoenix, Arizona.
(Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

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In each case, Gutierrez allegedly entered the store with a machete, demanded money, and forced employees into a back room or restroom and locked them in.

Phoenix police recovered the missing phones in an area near 23rd Avenue and Bell Road, where they located Gutierrez in a car with a woman.

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Phoenix, Arizona (iStock)

Phoenix, Arizona (iStock)

Gutierrez reportedly admitted to police that he committed all the robberies. The local news outlet reports that he was able to give law enforcement officials specific details about the crimes, including what weapons were used and how many employees were at each store.

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Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office online recordings show that he faces multiple charges of armed robbery and kidnapping.