Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Local | By Dorothy Bennett

Phoenix serial killing suspect arrested in deaths of 7

Phoenix serial killing suspect arrested in deaths of 7

On Monday, Saucedo was technically re-arrested and booked at jail in a move by authorities that signaled they plan to charge him with eight other slayings that occurred in Phoenix, bringing to nine the total number of killings investigators have linked to him, Williams said.

A tip from the community led investigators to Aaron Saucedo, 23, and detectives were able to link him to the string of attacks by analyzing ballistics evidence, surveillance video and witness statements, police said.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, there are now 12 shootings and nine deaths linked to the Serial Street Shooter, including a 12-year-old girl.

The targets of the serial shooter included men, women and children, many of them ambushed near their homes, between August 2015 and July 2016.

The shooter stalked victims after dark, police have said, selecting people who were either outside of their homes or sitting in cars before opening fire with a handgun.

Authorities on Monday said Aaron Saucedo faces homicide charges in connection with a case police have said was the work of a serial killer.

The Phoenix police chief and mayor appeared alongside other top officials including the county's top prosecutor to announce the break in a case that had appeared largely stalled in recent months as leads and tips dried up.

"They had a clear mission: bring this killer to justice and get it right".

Saucedo was arrested last month in connection with the August 2015 fatal shooting of a man who had a relationship with his mother, 61-year-old Raul Romero.

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Phoenix police say they have caught the man responsible for Phoenix-area serial killing.

Detectives eventually linked the disparate victims through crime-scene evidence and issued a sketch of a suspect - but for almost a year, they had no big breaks in the case.

The suspect then went on a killing spree from March of past year through July, police said.

Gisela Castro, the mother of shooting victim Manuel Castro-Garcia, said news of the arrest felt like she was reliving the day she was told her son had been killed.

Records show Saucedo was pulled over for allegedly running a red light on October 27, 2015, just a month after the first killing.

She said he preferred playing basketball with friends to partying. "The fact of them finding somebody, at least it was some type of news", she said.

Nobody was killed in those shootings, in which about a dozen vehicles on the interstate outside the city were shot between August 29 and September 10.

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

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