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Suspect in Goodyear Walmart disturbance escapes in standoff

December 23, 2019 GMT

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — A possibly armed suspect remained at large Monday after escaping past a Goodyear police perimeter during a standoff.

Christopher Mendoza is suspected of causing a panic Friday when he entered a Goodyear Walmart store with a gun, police said. Employees and shoppers were evacuated and no one was injured. Mendoza ran out the back of the store, evading capture.

Goodyear police spokeswoman Lisa Berry said officers on Sunday saw Mendoza in his vehicle and tried to conduct a traffic stop.

Mendoza fled but then abandoned his car and ran into a home. He barricaded himself inside as police crisis negotiators attempted contact. He later ran on foot through the backyard and made it into the surrounding neighborhood, according to Berry.

Mendoza is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-5 (1.6 meters) with facial tattoos. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who sees him should call 911 immediately.