October 6, 2001 |
A suburban Phoenix man pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of killing an Indian-born Sikh out of racial hatred sparked by the Sept. 11 attacks. Frank Roque, 42, is charged with first-degree murder and nine other counts in a shooting rampage that left Balbir Singh Sodhi dead outside his Mesa gas station Sept. 14. Prosecutors said Sodhi, 49, was killed because of his appearance.
September 22, 2001 |
Balbir Singh Sodhi was a businessman, not a terrorist. He was Indian, not Arab. He was a Sikh, not a Muslim. But his dark skin and the turban he wore to cover his flowing black hair made him uneasy in the days after the terrorist attacks. He told customers at his Chevron gas station that he had gotten at least two threats. For days, he scoured stores, unsuccessfully trying to buy a U.S. flag that he could fly outside his business--a symbol to show his love for America.
September 17, 2001 |
Police charged Frank Roque, 42, with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and three counts of drive-by shooting after he allegedly fired at two gas stations and a home in Mesa, killing an Indian immigrant inside one gas station. No one was hurt at the other station, where a man of Lebanese descent was working, or at the home of a family of Afghan descent. Roque was being held on a $1-million bond. Police had yet to decide whether to add hate-crime charges.
September 16, 2001 |
A gunman fatally shot the Sikh Indian owner of a convenience store Saturday and sprayed bullets at two other locations in the span of a few minutes, authorities said. Mesa police are investigating the shootings as possible hate crimes because the targets may have been Muslims, said Mesa police Sgt. Mike Goulet. The Sikh Indian was killed at a Chevron gas station parking lot at 7956 E. University Drive, Goulet said.
February 21, 2001 |
A doctor was convicted of manslaughter Tuesday in the death of a patient following a botched abortion, and a former clinic administrator was found guilty of negligent homicide. Dr. John Biskind, 75, and Carol Stuart-Schadoff, 63, were both charged with manslaughter in the death of LouAnne Herron, who died three hours after an abortion at the now-closed A-Z Women's Center in Phoenix in 1998. An autopsy found Herron's uterus had been ruptured by a medical instrument.
April 21, 2000 |
A heavily armed man who burst into a retirement community's homeowner meeting and killed two people was apparently seeking revenge for having lost his home at the complex to foreclosure, police said Thursday. Richard Glassel, 61, was arrested Wednesday after the shootings at the Ventana Lakes retirement community northwest of Phoenix. Three people were wounded.