Finally the feared Phoenix serial killer has been apprehended. After keeping the police and authorities on their toes for around two years, the serial shooter has been brought to book.
Aaron Juan Saucedo has been arrested for killing as many as nine people and making many more attempts in the year 2015 and 2016. The stories of the dreaded Phoenix stalker could be heard in many localities in the city, especially in those localities where Latinos make substantial part of the population.
The series of the killings in the city had intrigued not just the common people, but police officials as well. Now they claim that his modus operandi was so hard to detect as these were random cases of shooting and he didn’t try to rob them or do anything else.
Now the killer has reportedly been recognized as Aaron Juan Saucedo. While confirming the news of the arrest of the serial killer, Police Chief Jeri Williams said 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 throwing light on the arrest of the dreaded shooter and killer, Williams said that police officials found “probable cause to arrest 23-year-old Aaron Saucedo for these crimes.”
The serial killer was apprehended last month in a murder case. He was “rebooked into the jail for 26 additional felony crimes,” the chief said, including homicide, aggravated assault, and drive by shootings. Among the victims, the Phoenix killer “ambushed and fatally shot two women and a 12-year-old girl in their driveway,” said NBC News.
A report in the AZFamily.com says that the serial killer was taken into custody in April and charged with the shooting death of 61-year-old Raul Romero, who “was discovered shot at an apartment complex.” He has pleaded not guilty in that 2015 murder, the news site reported, and authorities now say it’s part of the shooting spree.
On why he was not detected by the police and investigators earlier, authorities suggest that it may be due to the fact that he chose very different targets. The feared killer doesn’t always use the same car; witnesses have described a white Cadillac or Lincoln and a “a late ’90s or early 2000s 5 series BMW,” said NBC. This has led police to consider whether the gunman “works as a mechanic or on a used car lot” or somewhere else where he would have easy access to multiple cars, NBC said.
The cases were mostly concentrated in a largely Latino neighborhood of Maryvale. CNN says some people are calling the killer the monster of Maryvale or the serial street shooter.
In the meantime, in a Facebook post, the Phoenix police chief said, “By now, most of you have seen news reports that a person of interest has been identified and related to the Serial Street Shooter series. Investigations of this complexity are rare and take time to properly investigate. We cannot allow the release of unconfirmed information to jeopardize justice for anyone. The investigation and discovery of evidence will guide our timeline as we move forward. We, as your police department, owe that to our victims and to our community. Trust that we are aggressively investigating all leads and information related to this case. As promised, we will continue to share any and all information that will help keep our community safe. Until this case is resolved, we ask everyone in our community to continue reporting suspicious people and activity”.
Meanwhile Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton called the arrest a good news. “Today is a good day in the city of Phoenix. For more than a year now, the Phoenix Police Department has been carefully and methodically working this case. When it became apparent there was a serial shooter terrorizing our community, our officers did not rest” Stanton said at a press conference.
Police had arrested Saucedo in April 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. In addition to Romero, his victims include Diego Verdugo-Sanchez, Krystal Annette White, Horacio de Jesus Pena, Manuel Castro Garcia, Maleah Ellis, Angela Linner, and Stefanie Ellis. You can see photos of the victims here. The Ellises and Linner were shot together.