Phoenix serial killing suspect arrested in deaths of 7

Kari Scott
May 10, 2017

A judge ordered him held without bail.

Aaron Saucedo, a 23-year-old Phoenix, Arizona, is facing nine separate murder charges for killings that all took place last year. Most of the killings happened in a largely Latino neighborhood.

Because of the shootings last summer, some residents stayed inside after dark. He was killed months before most of the other victims.

For more than a year, police were stumped by the string of killings in which a shooter stalked victims after dark and gunned them down as they stood outside their homes or sat in their cars. Weapons technicians concluded only a Hi-Point gun could produce the markings they found, the report went on to say. "Look at the faces on the news".

Phoenix police say ballistics evidence and community tips pointed to Saucedo, who was recently arrested in a 2015 murder case.

Police say that after Romero's killing, Saucedo struck again about four months later in killing 22-year-old Jesse Olivas, who was gunned down on New Year's Day 2016 while standing in front of a home.

Jesse Olivas, 22, was shot dead on the street on January 1, 2016.

Howard says that as the case got cold, "a lot of people probably gave up hope" detectives would ever make an arrest. They followed the evidence, they were thorough. Saucedo's first victim was a man who had a relationship with his mother.

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The shootings stymied the authorities for months, and the police are still unsure of Saucedo's motive.

A call left Tuesday for Dean Roskosz, Saucedo's court-appointed lawyer, wasn't immediately returned.

One tipster could receive a $75,000 reward for information leading to the arrest, police said.

Experts said some of the circumstances surrounding the case are unusual, including Saucedo's young age. Authorities investigated Saucedo more closely and connected him to the serial killings.

"Multiple homicides are much more likely to be committed by someone who is older, who has led a life of frustration over decades and has chose to get even with society", Levin said.

Police said the killings were unrelated to a series of 2015 freeway shootings in Phoenix that terrified drivers.

"I'm happy my kids are going to be able to walk outside and I won't have to fear that they're going to get shot", said Rose Pastrana, who leads a block watch group in the neighborhood.

He was arrested on April 19 for what police now believe was the first murder in the crime spree, the killing of 61-year-old Raul Romero. She said he was never a trouble-maker and preferred playing basketball with friends over partying. But he said that the thousands of tips from the public were extremely important in solving the case - even if a very small percentage of them were usable. Manuel Castro Garcia, 19, (center) was killed a week later on June 10.

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