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Wife of freeway chase suspect arrested

Posted at 1:27 PM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 20:22:56-04

Authorities have released new details about an alleged crime spree that ended with a police chase and rollover crash near Phoenix. 

Marana police arrested April Monigold, the wife of the man who allegedly led authorities on that freeway chase Thursday.


The suspect in the police chase can be seen on aerial footage attempting to steal a man's motorcycle at a stoplight. When police corner him with guns drawn, he gets back in a white truck and flees. The police chase eventually ends when the suspect, who police identified as Joshua Monigold, rolls his truck on I-10 south of the Phoenix area. 

But authorities say the alleged crime spree actually started March 19 when the Department of Public Safety received reports of a red Dodge truck driving 100 miles an hour on I-10 near Miracle Mile. 

A trooper found the suspect truck near Ina and Thornydale but the suspect quickly drove off. The trooper stopped following the suspect because of how dangerously the suspect was driving, according to an AZDPS spokesman. 
Thirty minutes later, the same red Dodge truck is involved in a two car crash near Twin peaks and Tangerine that seriously injured a female driver. 
According to Sgt. Chris Warren with Marana Police, Joshua Monigold fled the scene of the accident on foot and then stole a white Dodge truck, the same vehicle involved in Thursday's police pursuit.

Fast forward to Thursday when Marana Police arrested April Monigold, 35, at a gym at First and Wetmore. She faces two felony counts of being a passenger in a stolen vehicle and facilitation, meaning she helped her husband hide from police.

Marana Police then received an 88-CRIME tip that Joshua Monigold was in Mesa. Mesa police confronted him Thursday, and Joshua Monigold led authorities on a freeway chase that ended in an I-10 rollover. He was then taken to the hospital. 

Upon his release from the hospital, Joshua Monigold will face charges in Marana of hit and run, aggravated assault, endangerment, vehicle theft and prohibited possessor. He faces additional charges in Mesa.