Police in Phoenix, Arizona, believe that they have finally put the case of the so-called “Serial Street Shooter” to rest after apprehending 23-year-old Aaron Juan Saucedo, the man who is suspected to be behind a string of killings that stretched across more than a year and saw victims get gunned down after dark – seemingly at random.
For months, police were stumped as to who could be the mastermind behind a brutal shooting spree that saw the culprit stalk his victims until they were at home or sitting in their cars and then open fire. Nine people were killed, with all of the incidents consolidated in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of Phoenix.
It wasn’t until Monday that police arrested Saucedo on Monday and slapped him with 26 felony counts of homicide, aggravated assault, and drive-by shootings stretching from August 2015 to July 2016. In a statement announcing the arrest, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams lamented the fact that authorities were not able to detain Saucedo sooner.
“This case plagued our community for more than a year … and left behind a trail of victims that includes mothers, sons, brothers, sisters and families still mourning the loss of their loved ones,” she said, claiming that police still have not pieced together what motivated Saucedo and noting that he did not have any connection to the victims.
In all, law enforcement officials spent tens of thousands of hours analyzing ballistic evidence, going door-to-door in the neighborhood where the slayings took place, and combing through a whopping 3,300 tips they received throughout the course of the investigation.
Saucedo, who was a bus driver for the city of Phoenix up for a few months up until the shootings began, was arrested last month in connection with the August 2015 murder of 61-ear-old Raul Romero, who was close to Saucedo’s mother. Further investigation revealed that Saucedo was connected to the other fatal shootings as well.