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June 9, 2014

There are monsters roaming our streets. That's the only way these suspects can be described after their horrific crimes.

Our first case takes us to a neighborhood near Thomas and 57th Avenue on April 14, 2013.

"At 5:30 on a Sunday morning, an 89-year-old woman got a knock on her door," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Darren Burch.

She didn't recognize the man but thought it might be her neighbor so she opened the door.

"The suspect forced his way in, immediately began beating the woman then sexually assaulted her," said Burch.

The man took nothing from the house when he finally left. Police say the man is a sexual predator whose only intention was to beat and rape the woman.

The victim survived.

Read more about this case.


Our next case happened on Sunday, April 13, 2014 near 35th Avenue and Buckeye. It was 8 p.m. and a homeless man was walking along the street.

He was stopped by a white male in an older model sedan.

"The passenger in the vehicle said something to the victim who then came closer to the car," said Burch. "That's when some kind of accelerant was thrown on the man and he was lit on fire."

The homeless man stumbled to an alley and collapsed. He survived with burns over the entire upper-half of his body.

Read more about this case.

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If you have any information related to these cases, contact Silent Witness at: 480-WITNESS or 800-343-TIPS.

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Years with the company: 18

More on what you do (at work): I put up with Mac & Gaydos every day as well as writing and anchoring newscasts and doing some reporting. I also produce Silent Witness which airs every Monday morning.

Education: I started in radio during high school and kept with it. I also graduated from modeling school, but quickly realized it isn't what I love to do…radio is.

Family: Married. One pet…a cat named Molly (but she thinks her name is Princess).

Favorite food: I love anything cheesy or chocolatey.

Favorite spot in Arizona: Our family cabin in Strawberry.

Favorite news memory: Too many to list but I remember one time I helped rescue a litter of puppies found in a hole on an empty lot…

Favorite movie: I like too many to list any one as a favorite. I don't like sad movies so my LEAST favorite is Marley & Me!

First job: Washing dishes at the restaurant my friend's parents owned when I was 13.

First concert: Rick Springfield at the Arizona State Fair in 1981.

#1 sports team: Suns, Diamondbacks and Cardinals

Outside interests: I sing with the band at church, I bake, I read and I treasure hunt at thrift stores and yard sales. I also love to travel…but not if I have to drive.

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