AZDPS seeking publics assistance in locating Suspect 


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Phoenix, Ariz. — AZDPS served a high-risk search warrant at the residence of a suspected hit and run driver that killed Javier Benjamin Gonzalez, age 19. Detectives located and seized the suspect’s vehicle that was involved in the hit and run crash.

Detectives need the public’s help in locating Farlando Smith, a Phoenix resident, who is believed to have fled the scene of the fatal collision after striking Javier Gonzalez with his truck.

Smith may be traveling in a gray Chevrolet Impala; he is considered to be armed and dangerous. If anyone has information regarding Smith’s whereabouts, please call 877-272-8329.

On September 12, 2016, at approximately 2:17 a.m., Farlando Smith is believed to have been driving a gray and dark blue custom Chevrolet pickup truck northbound along I17 at Thomas Road, when the vehicle struck Gonzalez.

Gonzalez’ SUV had broken down and he was actively working to get it running again. Gonzalez was pronounced deceased a short while later at St. Joseph’s Hospital.