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Suspect arrested in hit-and-run of Valley veteran

Cody Gibson (Source: Chandler Police Dept.) Cody Gibson (Source: Chandler Police Dept.)
When Steven Richardson tried to help a woman who was being attacked, the suspect ran him down and sped away. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) When Steven Richardson tried to help a woman who was being attacked, the suspect ran him down and sped away. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Booking photo of Cody Gibson at the Fourth Avenue Jail. (Sourfce: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Booking photo of Cody Gibson at the Fourth Avenue Jail. (Sourfce: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Booking photo of Cody Gibson at the Fourth Avenue Jail. (Sourfce: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Booking photo of Cody Gibson at the Fourth Avenue Jail. (Sourfce: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
GILA RIVER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The suspect in a hit-and-run of a Valley veteran has been arrested.

The Gila River Police Department said Cody Gibson peacefully surrendered to officers Tuesday around 2:30 p.m. The department said they worked leads from sources and discovered his location at a residence.

An extradition hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning.

Gibson faces aggravated assault charges.

Police on Monday released a photo of the 18-year-old. They believe he is the man who ran down Steven Richardson in the parking lot of the Jack in the Box near Riggs and McQueen roads at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday. 

[READ MORE: Vet run down by domestic violence suspect speaks out from hospital]

According to investigators, Richardson, a veteran who served two tours in Iraq, and his friend were trying to help a woman who was being abused in what appeared to be a domestic violence situation. 

[RELATED: Man trying to help woman in parking lot finds himself victim of hit-and-run]

Police said Gibson was trying to escape with the woman out of the parking lot when he allegedly hit Richardson at full speed.

Richardson suffered severe injuries but condition has improved, but he likely will remain in the hospital for at least a few more days.

[READ MORE: Wife of veteran who was run over speaks]

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