Arizona Auto Glass Shop Helps to Identify Suspect
in Hit-and-Run Investigation
May 27, 2011
An Arizona auto glass shop has helped the Tucson Police department
identify a possible suspect in a recent hit-and-run incident involving
a 23-year-old cyclist.
The police had
been searching for the vehicle and driver that allegedly
struck 23-year-old Sam Abate in the Tucson area since last Friday,
May 20. This week, they arrested 21-year-old Abigal Allin as a suspect,
after receiving a tip, according to a police statement. Damon Ashcraft,
manager of Tucson, Ariz.-based AAG Auto Glass, says his company
replaced Allin’s windshield earlier this week and ultimately
contacted the police.
“A gentleman called me on Monday and asked how much a windshield
would cost on a 2003 Nissan Altima …, ” Ashcraft told
glassBYTEs.com™/AGRR™ magazine in an
interview this morning. “At first he said he’d bring
vehicle in and he never showed up and then he called back and asked
for mobile service.”
The technician who completed the job (whom Ashcraft says has asked
to remain anonymous) says Allin was on the scene when he arrived
to do the work—rather than the gentleman who’d called
for the quote. He says Allin asked him if he could replace the vehicle’s
windshield inside her garage, but he instead requested that she
pull it out of the garage based on the space the job would take.
“She backed it out and my installer noticed the damage to
the passenger side of the vehicle,” says Ashcraft. “
… When the damage is to that extent [we know] it’s
something totally different than a rock hitting the windshield.
He asked her what happened and she said a brick hit the windshield.”
Ashcraft says the installer then advised Allin that there appeared
to be blood on the windshield, and at that point she suggested a
bird had struck the vehicle.
“He cut the window out and there was a lot of blood in the
pinchweld and so forth and he thought something was wrong with it,”
When the technician returned to the shop to discard the old windshield,
he showed the glass and what appeared to be blood to Ashcraft, who
remembered hearing about the hit-and-run on the news, according
“I knew they were still looking for the suspect so I looked
it up on the Internet just to make sure and there was a description
of the young lady and it matched what my installer said,”
he recalls. “I called 911 and told them ‘I think we’ve
got the suspect’s windshield right here in the shop.’”
Shortly after, Ashcraft says the Tucson Police department arrived
on the scene and investigated further. Allin was arrested for leaving
the scene of a serious injury collision; causing serious injury
with a vehicle while under a suspended license; and tampering with
physical evidence, according to information from the police department.
Ashcraft remains humble about his assistance in the investigation.
“I don’t feel like a hero or anything, he says. “I
was just being a civil citizen.”
This is at least the second time in less than two months that an
auto glass shop has assisted with such an investigation. In early
April, a California auto glass shop assisted
the Oceanside Police with locating a vehicle police believed
to have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident, after reading
about it on glassBYTEs.com™.
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