Aaron Saucedo, 23, of Phoenix, Arizona, has been arrested and charged with nine murders that occurred over the last year. Saucedo is accused of being the man behind the separate slayings, which police have previously described as the work of a serial killer.
Saucedo was apprehended on April 19 on suspicion of killing his mother’s boyfriend in 2015. While in custody, authorities connected him to separate killing which all took place in Latino neighborhoods between March and July of 2016.
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said at a press conference Monday that the arrest brought the families of the nine victims “closer to justice.”
“Our hearts go out to the surviving families. Today we are closer to providing them the justice they deserve.”
Authorities have been investigating the killings for more than 12 months. As the hunt wore on, police began calling the suspect the “serial street shooter.”
The murderer randomly opened fire on pedestrians and cars in west Phenix, killing seven people between March and July last year.
The murder took place in a handful of different cars, including a black BMW 5-series and a white Cadillac. Detectives produced sketches based on witness and survivor descriptions and even offered a $75,000 reward for information that might lead police to the killer. In April, police arrested Saucedo while investigating the death of 61-year-old Raul Romero, who was dating Saucedo’s mother at the time.
Detectives closed in on Saucedo when they learned he owned a 9mm handgun at the time of the murder. He pawned it shortly after Romero’s death. Following his arrest, Saucedo has also been charged with a January 2016 killing.
Overall, he faces nine separate murder charges.
Aaron Saucedo is a 23-year-old man from Phoenix, Arizona. He was arrested in April for the murder of his mother’s boyfriend, 61-year-old Raul Romero. He is also facing charges in the killing of several other victims: Krystal Annette White (55), Maleah Ellis (12), Stefanie Ellis, Horacio De Jesus Pena (32), Manuel Castro Garcia (19), Diego Verdugo-Sanchez (21) and others.