Mesa police arrested a man Tuesday after getting a report he struck his girlfriend in the face with a mountain bike and then fled from their residence. Officers who responded to the 300 block of North Gaylord Circle spotted Brian Kirby, 31, riding a mountain bike at the intersection of Lindsay Road and University Drive, where he fled when police went toward him.
Kirby ditched the bicycle in front of a Safeway, then ran into the store’s stock room. Police said Kirby put a Glock handgun in the cardboard bailer and tried to exit through the back of the store. Kirby grew impatient while waiting for the back door’s 15-second delay timer to activate, so he tried to run out the store’s front door. Several officers detained Kirby as he tried to exit.
Police said Kirby identified himself as his brother. He was arrested on suspicion of weapons misconduct, providing false information and trespass.