After over a year of trying to apprehend the “serial street shooter,” the Phoenix Police Department recently announced that they now have a suspect in custody.
“For more than a year now, Phoenix Police Department has been carefully and methodically working this case. And when it became apparent that there was a serial shooter terrorizing our community, our officers did not rest,” Phoenix City Mayor Greg Stanton remarked during a recent press conference. The department has now identified 23-year-old Aaron Saucedo as a suspect in connection to as many as nine serial murders. Police say that they also have several pieces of evidence that link Saucedo to all of the crimes. These include ballistics, surveillance and several witness accounts.
Police arrested Saucedo in April after charging him with murder that occurred back in August 2015. In particular, this involved the shooting of a 61-year-old victim in front of his own home. He has since been linked to eight other shootings involving the serial street shooter.
Serial shooter terrorized the area with multiple shootings, murders.
Several cases involving the serial street shooter occurred in 2016. On March 17, 2016, a 16-year-old male was shot while walking around the area of 1100 E. Moreland St. His injuries were said to be non-life-threatening. The following day, at approximately the same time, a 21-year-old male sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being shot outside his vehicle in the area of 4300 N.73rd Avenue.
Meanwhile, on April 19, 2016, 55-year-old Krystal Annette White was shot dead in the area of 500 N. 32nd St. She was pronounced dead on the scene. Over a month later on June 3, 2016, Horacio De Jesus Pena was also shot and killed in front of a home in the area of 6700 W. Flower St. Just seven days later, Manuel Castro Garcia was also found dead in front of a home in the area of 6500 W. Coronado.
Two days after Garcia’s body was found, police found an unoccupied vehicle that had been shot and damaged in the area of 6200 W. Mariposa Dr. Less than 30 minutes later, Angela Linner, Maleah Ellis, and Stefanie Ellis were found shot dead in front of a home in the area of 6300 W. Berkeley Road.
Suspect said he no longer drives the BMW police had linked to him.
During the course of the investigation, the Phoenix Police Department said they believe the suspect had access to several vehicles. One of this is an early 2000’s BMW 5 Series. According to a report from Inside Edition, Saucedo told police he has since “changed his appearance and stopped driving his BMW.”
Today, Chief Williams says that Saucedo is already rebooked into the Maricopa County Jail for 26 additional felony counts. These include multiple counts of homicide, aggravated assault and drive-by shooting.