Phoenix: Phoenix killings and shootings had unnerved the entire city last year. Several people were killed in these gruesome killings and many more injured. The entire city was terrified by the unknown killer who seemed to be on the prowl in different neighborhoods of the sprawling city.
As many as nine people were killed in the serial killing that had taken not just the city, but the entire nation by surprise. The macabre fashion in which the killings were carried out was all the more surprising for not just common people, but entire the top police brass in the region.
Besides the killings, there were several senseless shooting incidents in Phoenix that panicked citizens. There is no denying that the arrest seems to be a great relief for the people of the city.
The killer has been named as Aaron Juan Saucedo by authorities. What is amazing in the entire incident is the fact that the serial killer is rather very young, all of 23-years of age. Police Chief Jeri Williams confirmed Tuesday that the 23-year-old Aaron Juan Saucedo is linked to nine murders and 12 incidents between August 2015 and July 2016, which is three more attacks and two more murders than originally thought.
While the entire city was shocked by the senseless killings and shooting incidents, most of the serial killings and shooting happened in a predominantly Latino neighborhood between August 2015 and July 2016.
Aaron Juan Saucedo, in the absence of any trace leading to him was called Serial Street Shooter by both authorities and the common people. Authorities suggest that till now, the investigation into the serial killings had focused around seven fatal shootings. But police on Monday said they had tied Saucedo to nine killings in all — eight random victims and one man that he knew. The serial killer has been booked on 26 felony counts, including homicide, assault and drive-by shooting.
Police Chief Williams said, “Our hearts go out to the surviving families. Today we are closer to providing them the justice they deserve”.
The modus operandi of the serial killer is now very clear. He would stalk victims after dark, selecting people who were either outside of their homes or sitting in cars before opening fire with a handgun.
The police had come under severe criticism during 2015 and 2016 for their inability to catch the serial killer. People said that the twenty-something killer had completely outsmarted the massive police force in the city.
William said, “This case plagued our community for more than a year … and left behind a trail of victims that included mothers, sons, brothers, sisters and families still mourning the loss of their loved ones”.
When Saucedo apprehended last month, police didn’t suspect him to be the serial killer. He was arrested in connection with a fatal shooting of a man who had a relationship with his mother, 61-year-old Raul Romero. Later, things became apparent when more clues came forward.
Merely four months after Paul Romero’s killing, the then 21 year old youth killed 22-year-old Jesse Olivas, who was gunned down on New Year’s Day 2016 while standing in front of a home. The suspect then went on a killing spree from March of last year through July, police said.
Williams, while appreciating her officer’s extra-ordinary work said, “We hope that our community will rest a little easier and that our officers will get a little more sleep knowing that the wheels of justice are finally in motion”.