Friday, September 20, 2013

Two Maricopa men arraigned for drive-by shooting

(L-R: Steven Bless, Andre Curry Jr)

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles announced Andre O’Neil Curry, Jr. and Steven Michael Bless were arraigned today in Pinal County Superior Court on nine charges including two counts of drive by shooting. 

According to the probable cause statements, Bless and Curry were allegedly at a party in the 45000 block of West Lexington Avenue in Maricopa in the early morning hours of September 1st, 2013, when a fight ensued between them and other partygoers. The probable cause states that as Curry and Bless got into their vehicle, Curry is accused of firing several shots in the air as they pulled away from the residence. The report continues to allege Bless then made a U-turn, drove back to front of the house, and Curry fired at least two shots at the residence, where people were standing outside. 

According to arrest records, both men are accused of fleeing the vehicle, but were located by Maricopa Police Department in the 44000 block of West McClelland in the back yard of a residence. They were taken into custody at that time. 

The Pinal County Attorney’s Office presented the case to the Grand Jury and received an indictment on September 11th, 2013. Charges against Curry and Bless are two counts of drive by shooting, both class 2 dangerous felonies; two counts of aggravated assault, both class 3 dangerous felonies; two counts of disorderly conduct with a weapon, both class 6 dangerous felonies; one count of unlawful discharge of a firearm, a class 6 dangerous felony; one count of unlawful flight from a law enforcement vehicle, a class 5 felony; and one count of first degree criminal trespass, a class 1 misdemeanor. 

Bless is held on a $50,000 secured bond and Curry is held on a $100,000 secured bond. Both Curry and Bless are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

Voyles said, "Drive by shootings and discharging weapons in neighborhoods and at residences, where innocent people sleep, presents a real danger to the safety of our Pinal families. I thank Chief Stahl and the Maricopa Police Department for their swift action and hard work."

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