Update: 2 Arrested In Arizona
I’m actually at work right now but wanted to pass along the following article. Seems that two people have been arrested in Arizona reguarding the serial killer cases. The lastest attack was on Sunday. Read on for more info:
Two arrested in Arizona ‘Serial Shooter’ killings
Updated: less than 1 minute ago
MESA, Ariz. – Police have arrested two men they said were responsible for one of the two strings of serial killings that have terrorized Phoenix area residents for more than a year, officials said Friday.
Authorities would not say what evidence they have against Dale Hausner and Samuel Dieteman, who were arrested late Thursday at a gated apartment complex in the suburb of Mesa.
But authorities expressed total confidence that the pair were responsible for 15 months of deadly attacks in the “Serial Shooter” case.
“These are the two monsters we’ve been hunting,” Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon said at a news conference.
Police Chief Jack Harris said the men will face numerous counts of murder and aggravated assault, though authorities didn’t have specifics on how many.
Phoenix police Assistant Chief Kevin Robinson said Hausner, 33, and Dieteman, 31, are friends who lived in Mesa. Investigators found no obvious connections between the two men and the victims, Robinson said.
“The best we could tell, they were just random victims. These individuals just picked victims out and that was it,” Robinson said.
Six people were killed and 17 wounded in attacks attributed to the Serial Shooter, mostly in the western and eastern edges of Phoenix’s sprawling suburbs. In addition, 13 dogs and horses have been either killed or wounded.
Police said the crimes appear unrelated to the eight slayings and 11 rapes in the still-unsolved “Baseline Killer” cases.
The two cases doubled the fear and paranoia gripping Phoenix neighborhoods in recent months, and led law enforcement agencies to devote more than 200 investigators to track down the killers. Authorities said they will move investigators from the Serial Shooter to the Baseline Killer case.
Robinson said investigators did not have a motive for the killings. He said the men did not have jobs, as far as the police knew.
Most of those wounded were pedestrians and bicyclists. The shootings have generally happened late at night, with no witnesses, authorities have said.
Suspects did not fight arrests
Earlier, Jerry Gissel, a detective with the police department in nearby Mesa, told MSNBC that the two men were arrested just after midnight and offered no resistance.
Investigators confiscated weapons and a silver Toyota Camry from the apartment where the two were arrested, Arizona’s East Valley Tribune reported Friday.
NBC affiliate KPNX reported that one person was being held as the alleged shooter and the other as the alleged driver.
“I hope they got him,” said Caroll Roberts, whose 19-year-old son was shot in the torso last month and survived after four hours of surgery. “I want to shoot him in the stomach to see how he’d like it, like he did my son.”
Authorities searched the apartment building for evidence. Investigators were seen walking out with several firearms, and a vehicle was towed from the site.
Resident Loraine Salyers said she lives near where police came in. “I came out and there were like a hundred cops,” Salyers said. “I was so scared. My heart’s pounding.”
Collette Kemp, the owner of the house next to the apartment complex, said she saw police officers pulling garbage out of a garbage bin.
Woman killed Sunday
On Thursday, authorities said they had linked the death of a woman who was gunned down while walking to the serial shootings.
The shooting was linked to earlier cases because of similarities and forensic evidence, said Mesa police spokesman Sgt. Chuck Trapani.
Robin Blasnek, 22, was walking to her boyfriend’s home in Mesa, a suburb east of Phoenix, at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday when she was gunned down. Neighbors heard a shot and ran to help the young woman, but she soon lost consciousness and died at a hospital.
Her father told the East Valley Tribune that Blasnek grew up as a special needs child and lived part time with her parents in Mesa and a group home in Tempe.
“She was just a great kid. Very, very naive, and pure as far as not understanding the dangers of the world,” Steve Blasnek said. “I guess my only regret is that I didn’t give her a big hug.”
Second serial case
About 200 officers have been working to try to solve the case, plus the case of the Baseline Killer, named after the road on which the first crimes took place.
Police think the Baseline Killer’s most recent killing was the shooting death of 37-year-old woman at a Phoenix car wash June 29.