More information released about alleged Arizona serial killer
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 11, 2017,
May 11, 2017, 18:15
The victims, including a 12-year-old girl, were ambushed near their homes or cars for no apparent reason.
The former bus driver's only other comment was to acknowledge that he understood the goal of the court appearance late Monday night.
Phoenix police announced that 23-year-old Aaron Juan Saucedo was taken into custody in connection with the case that authorities said was the work of a serial killer.
She described him son as a noble person who studied and worked hard and was loved by everyone he knew.
Documents related to Saucedo's arrest have been sealed by the county, and community leaders say by releasing more information, the public can stay informed on what led to his arrest.
The suspect then went on a killing spree from March of previous year until July, police said.
Saucedo will appear in court on the fresh charges on Tuesday afternoon.
Saucedo is charged with 26 felony counts linked to the shootings.
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.
The man was working as a public bus driver for the City of Phoenix at the time of the offense and pleaded guilty.
This hazy portrait of Saucedo emerged as police said Saucedo was a serial killer responsible for 12 nighttime shootings from August 2015 until July 2016 that unnerved residents of a largely Latino neighborhood. Police said they expect to pay out the $75,000 reward posted for information leading to an arrest.
Aaron Saucedo, 23, appeared before a judge late Monday night and acknowledged that he understood the objective of the court appearance to inform him of the allegations. Authorities investigated Saucedo more closely and connected him to the other killings.
Phoenix police say the serial shootings left at least nine dead and two injured.
Beltran said that although it took a long time for an arrest in her son's death, she feels police did a good job investigating.
Parents and family members of the victims said they were still reeling from the brazenness and randomness of the attacks and because frustrated police couldn't make an arrest sooner. On Monday, they raised the number of people killed to nine and said there were 12 total shootings - with the first one happening in 2015.
On Monday, they announced they had arrested Aaron Juan Saucedo, 23, a former city bus driver, in the killings while providing scant detail about what motivated him or details about how they made a break in the case, other than to credit tips. She said her husband and his friends began hanging out in the backyard instead of the front after the shootings. All of the killings were random except for the first one, Williams said.
"The only thing I can say is thank God there's going to be justice and we leave it in God's hands".
"It's been said that a serial killer is like a chameleon, and that's what made this case so frustrating", said David Gonzales, the USA marshal for the District of Arizona.
The latest incident occurred on July 11, when a gunman shot a vehicle occupied by a 21-year-old man and 4-year-old boy in a residential neighborhood. "But they wanted me to find out from them and not the news".