The Baseline Killer would eventually be linked to a slaying in Tempe, but in the beginning, the investigation into the elusive criminal was focused on a pair of robberies, according to police records released Tuesday.
Details of the Tempe police reports shed more light on the crimes that occurred Sept. 28 in a parking lot.
The pages also indicate that early on, Phoenix police talked to Tempe officers regarding a series of robberies and sexual assaults in Phoenix and a possible connection to their suspect.
The perpetrator was later named the Baseline Rapist and is now called the Baseline Killer. He has been connected to eight slayings and numerous rapes and robberies.
On Sept. 28, a 16-year-old girl sat in her mother’s minivan with a man who had shoulder-length dreadlocks covered by a blue bandanna and a bucket hat.
According to the report, he got into the vehicle parked outside the CVS Pharmacy at 1424 W. Baseline Road about 8:18 p.m. He sat in the driver’s seat and pointed a handgun at her head.
The girl started screaming and crying. He told her to shut up. She eventually jumped out of the van and ran to the side of the store then to the back where she saw him again. She escaped inside the store and police were called.
The man stole her purse, which she had left inside the minivan, and made off with $20.
The reports stated the robber didn’t go far to find his second victim, who he approached in the parking lot.
He jabbed the handgun into the man’s kidney area several times and then reached into his pocket and took $30, the documents stated.