A Glendale suspect was tracked to Texas and arrested in connection with a deadly shooting earlier this week.
Glendale police on Friday announced the arrest of Rodolfo Apolinar Cardenas, 39.
Police on July 8 responded to the area of 67th Avenue and Bethany Home Road for a shooting. Officers located two men with gunshot wounds.
The Glendale Fire Department treated both and took them to a hospital. While there, 26-year-old Martiniano Sandoval Jr. of Phoenix died. The other man had a non-life threatening injury.
Witnesses told police a verbal argument happened between the three before the shooting. Mr. Cardenas allegedly fled the scene in a gray SUV. Information from a Peoria police officer led to Mr. Cardenas being labeled a suspect.
The officer had taken a previous report involving Mr. Cardenas as the victim of a vehicle theft. However, the vehicle was recovered shortly after.
His vehicle matched the description of the shooting suspect vehicle, police said.
Glendale and Peoria detectives worked together in the investigation, with the latter agency developing probable cause to arrest Mr. Cardenas on a warrant for first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Authorities found Mr. Cardenas’ vehicle in Tucson and learned he may have fled to Texas.
Help from Tucson and San Antonio police, and the US Marshals led to Mr. Cardenas being located and taken into custody in San Antonio on Wednesday.
Mr. Cardenas is awaiting extradition and will be held on a $2 million bond.
Glendale police say the investigation is ongoing, but the lead detective believes the victims in the shooting were not involved in the theft of Mr. Cardenas’ vehicle.