A 23-year-old Phoenix man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman with a baseball bat, burglarizing a city vehicle and more at Scottsdale’s Gateway Trailhead this week, police officials say.
Wesley Tye Abeita has been booked on numerous charges including attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault, vehicle burglary, disorderly conduct and criminal damage. Scottsdale Police Department officials say Abeita remains in custody.
Officials say they began looking for Abeita on Monday, Oct. 11, after he attacked parked vehicles, along with a female victim who was seated in her parked vehicle at Gateway Trailhead, 18333 N. Thompson Peak Parkway.
Witnesses on Oct. 11, attempted to stop the assault by throwing rocks at Abeita, police say, who then turned on them and attacked their vehicle forcing the witnesses to flee for their own safety.
Abeita was reportedly gone from the trailhead when officers arrived. A search was conducted of the surrounding area with the assistance of a Department of Public Safety air unit, officials say, but Abeita was not located.
The female victim was reportedly transported to a local hospital by family with serious injuries.
On the morning of Oct. 12, Abeita was observed by a city employee in the trailhead parking lot. Abeita reportedly admitted to the employee he burglarized a city vehicle there. Police say a city of Scottsdale vehicle was burglarized in the trailhead parking lot, and Abeita had items from the vehicle in his possession.
Police officers were called and detectives located Abeita walking away from the trialhead. Abeita was reportedly taken into custody without incident around 8:20 a.m. on Oct. 12.