Aaron Saucedo, 23, of Phoenix, Arizona, was arrested on Monday in connection with nine street shootings that took place over a four-month period in 2016. These shootings terrorized an area of Phoenix.
Saucedo was first arrested on April 19 for a shooting that took place in 2015. Phoenix authorities re-arrested him on Monday. Saucedo is being held at the Maricopa County jail. He faces 26 charges all related to the serial street shootings that took place between March and July of 2016, reports the New York Times.
Jeri Williams, Phoenix Police Chief, held a press conference on Monday. Williams told the media that so far two additional murders have been linked to the serial street shooter, which now brings the total to nine. Investigators also added a shooting from 2015 where shots were fired at a house, but fortunately, no one was injured in that incident.
Williams’ announcement comes after weeks of unconfirmed reports, speculation, and fear. The police chief said that in the end, it was tips from the community that led to Saucedo’s arrest. In all the Phoenix police department received more than 3,300 tips.
During the press conference, Williams stated that he now hoped Phoenix residents could finally rest easier. She assured residents that the wheels of justice were in motion.
Saucedo was arrested in April; at that time he was held on a $750,000 bond. He was arrested as a suspect in the shooting death of 61-year-old Raul Romero, who was shot and killed in August 2015. Soon after his arrest, Phoenix authorities were able to connect the shooting death of Jesse Olivas, 22, to Saucedo as well. Olivas was gunned down in a drive-by in January 2016, reports NBC News.
Phoenix authorities now say that Saucedo is the shooter responsible for more deaths than any other killer in Phoenix in more than a decade. Police said Romero’s death was intentional, but that the other murders appear to be random. The victims were simply going on with their lives when they were gunned down. One victim was coming home from work, another was relaxing in their yard when their lives were cut short, reports USA Today.
Witnesses to the slayings described the shooter a young Hispanic, who was slender. None of the witnesses gave the same description of the vehicle used so it is believed that he used multiple vehicles.
Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton said Phoenix investigators worked every lead and followed up with every piece of evidence. Their mission was to bring the killer to justice and they did just that. Phoenix police have not yet determined what Saucedo’s motive was, but according to Sgt. Jonathan Howard the suspect has made some incriminating statements.
By Tammy Marie Rose
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