A man who was shot by an Apache Junction police officer last week after he robbed a Pizza Hut at gunpoint was identified as Jimmy James Mamoth, 47, a parolee from Texas, police said.
Mamoth has been hospitalized after being shot in the leg by the officer on April 11 as he was fleeing the pizzeria at 240 S. Phelps Drive after using a pellet gun to rob it, according to Apache Junction police Capt. Tom Kelley.
Mamoth entered the Pizza Hut as four employees were closing it, demanded cash and made two of the workers lie on the floor before tying them up, according to police.
Mamoth, who was serving a 40-year prison sentence in Texas for a 1986 burglary, was released on parole for a second time in September, according to Michelle Lyons, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. In cooperation with the Apache Junction Police Department, Texas parole authorities issued a no-bond warrant for Mamoth’s arrest.
When Mamoth is released from the hospital, he will face charges of armed robbery, misconduct with a weapon, kidnapping and aggravated assault, Kelley said.