Phoenix Police Name Suspect In 'Serial Street Shooter' Case

Aaron Saucedo, 23, was arrested in April and later charged with murder in connection with the first of the killings, which occurred in August 2015, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams told reporters at a news conference. Saucedo only knew Romero, who was the first victim in the shooting spree, and police said they don't know what motivated the killings.

Police were led to Saucedo by tips from the community and they said they will be giving out the $75,000 reward they offered for information in the case.

Williams announced Saucedo has been linked to eight other shootings, bringing to nine the total number of killings investigators linked to him.

Police credited tips for helping breaking the case but provided scant details about the suspect's motivation. "'We hope that our community will rest a little easier and that our officers will get a little more sleep knowing that the wheels of justice are finally in motion, ' she said".

Saucedo was a bus driver for the city of Phoenix through a temp agency for several months in 2015, police said.

"[Police] said they couldn't give me a lot of details, as it's still an active case", Ellis said. But he says "the investigators never forgot about this case, and these guys just continued following up on leads".

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Phoenix police refused to comment on whether the evidence could have led them to Saucedo before the random killings started almost four months later. The Associated Press was unable to reach Saucedo's public defender on Monday.

- Diego Verdugo-Sanchez was shot dead on April 1, 2016 in front of his home.

Sylvia Ellis, the mother and grandmother of two victims, said she was reeling from news of the charges after the trail seemed to have grown cold for so long.

"The fact of them finding somebody, at least it was some type of news", Smith said.

The families of victims said that they feel a sense of justice but continue to suffer with their loss.

The suspect struck again the next day but did not kill anyone.

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Saucedo is also implicated in the non-fatal shooting of two teenage boys on March 17, 2016. In addition to Romero's murder, he was charged with the seven homicides that made up the original pattern, and a ninth slaying that had not previously been linked to the serial murders - the fatal shooting of Jesse Olivas, 22, on January 1, 2016.

Manuel Castro Garcia, 19, murdered outside his home on June 10, 2016.

Shots fired into a vehicle on July 11, 2016; a man and a 4-year-old boy inside escaped unhurt.

Rosa Pastrana, the head of a block watch group in the Maryvale neighborhood hardest hit by the killings, was relieved after hearing news of the arrest. "Today we are closer to providing them the justice they deserve".

Holly Cortes, who lives a few doors down from the house where one of the victims was fatally shot, said she was relieved police made an arrest.

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