Police: Man accused of flicking blood at customer, employees at West Valley Starbucks
GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Court documents say a Glendale man was arrested on Sept. 13, following a series of shocking incident in Goodyear.
According to investigators, the string of bizarre incident started when 26-year-old Juan Luis Loya-Leyva was walking through the parking lot of Abrazo West Valley Hospital when he approached a car, and tried to open the rear passenger door of that car.
"The victim closed the door from the interior. However, [Loya-Leyva] then shattered the rear hatch glass window by punching through it, breaching the threshold and entering the vehicle," a portion of the court documents read.
Investigators say Loya-Leyva then charged at the person inside the car.
"[Loya-Leyva] grabbed ahold of [the victim's] leg, and tried to pull her out of the vehicle," read a portion of the court documents. Investigators also accuse Loya-Leyva of threatening to kill the person.
Suspect ran around area and nearby businesses
After the incident, investigators say Loya-Leyva ran around the area, leaving a trail of blood as he was injured in the right bicep area following the first incident. Loya-Leyva, according to court documents, also tried to enter a number of cars by trying to open their door handles.
Officials say Loya-Leyva then ran around a medical imaging center in the area and smeared blood over doors and windows he passed, while apparently trying to gain entry.
Loya-Leyva, investigators say, was then seen on surveillance video wiping blood on the door handles of a restaurant in the area, before he got into a Starbucks.
Court documents: Suspect flicked blood at customers, employees
According to court documents, prior to Loya-Leyva entering the Starbucks, he was seen on surveillance video flicking blood onto a person while claiming he has HIV. Loya-Leyva, investigators say, also smeared blood onto that victim's car.
Once inside the Starbucks, officials say Loya-Leyva began to flick blood on the merchandise inside, as well as the counter.
"[Loya-Leyva] then intentionally flicked blood into the face and on the bodies of two Starbucks employees. [Loya-Leyva] continued to claim he had HIV," read a portion of the court sdocuments.
One of the Starbucks workers, according to court documents, was 36 weeks pregnant. The Starbucks location had to shut down as a result.
Suspect also rubbed, flicked blood on officers
According to investigators, once Loya-Leyva left the Starbucks, he was detained by officers.
"During detention, [Loya-Leyva] intentionally rubbed blood on an officer, and flicked blood towards another officer, which caused him to jump away," read a portion of the court documents. "During this, [Loya-Leyva] was telling officers he had HIV and/or AIDS, and he wished for them to get it."
Eventually, investigators say Loya-Leyva was taken to a hospital, where he allegedly threatened to kill nurses and doctors, and used a highly offensive racial slur against a Black doctor.
Police officials are accusing Loya-Leyva of causing at least $25,000 in damages.
Court documents state that Loya-Leyva is accused of a number of offenses, including aggravated assault, criminal damage, kidnapping, threat, and disorderly conduct. A $10,000 secured appearance bond has been set for Loya-Leyva, and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 23.
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