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Carjackers fling baby from vehicle, police say

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Posted: Saturday, September 13, 2008 10:01 pm | Updated: 9:55 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Two armed men carjacked a woman in Phoenix on Saturday, and one flung the woman's 4-month-old child from the vehicle while trying to escape, police said.

The men are also accused of shooting a man in the arm during a botched carjacking attempt just 30 minutes before.

Suspects Arthur Galindo, 29, and Romulo Cardona, 23, approached a 20-year-old woman leaving her Monte Carlo at noon near the intersection of Southern and Central avenues, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Andy Hill.

Galindo, armed with a shotgun, fired the weapon at the vehicle's window, Hill said. The broken glass shattered on top of the woman's 4-month-old daughter, who was still strapped in a carseat.

Galindo climbed into the driver's seat and attempted to flee in the woman's vehicle, Hill said, while Cardona drove off in an Impala.

As Galindo drove off, witnesses yelled to him that a child was in the back seat.

People witnessed Galindo stop and fling the infant to the pavement while still in her car seat. The child received only minor injuries, Hill said.

Police followed Galindo in the Monte Carlo on Southern Avenue from Seventh Avenue to 19th Avenue, where he bailed out and into the passenger seat of the Impala driven by Cardona.

At the intersection of 20th and Hidalgo avenues, both men attempted to flee from the Impala. Officers were able to arrest them both after a short chase on foot, Hill said.

The two men are being charged with numerous crimes, including armed robbery, prohibited possession of weapons and felony flight.

According to Hill, police believe the pair were recently released from the Department of Corrections for prior armed robbery convictions.

Police say the men are also suspected of shooting a 24-year-old man in the shoulder while attempting to carjack him near the intersection of 51st Avenue and Thomas Road, 30 minutes before the Monte Carlo theft.

The victim was treated and released from a local hospital.

Police have also connected Cardona to an armed home invasion robbery and a Sept. 8 carjacking, both in Phoenix, Hill said.

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