Jean P. Villena-Celis

Tucson Police Department

Murder charge possible
after DUI crash, police say

A 63-year-old man was killed early Saturday morning in what Tucson police are calling a DUI-related crash.

Tucson police gave the following account through Sgt. Chris Widmer, a spokesman:

Juan Lorenzo Avila-Arce, who was driving a 1991 four-door Volkswagen, was killed about 2:30 a.m. when he was rear-ended by 21-year-old Jean P. Villena-Celis, who was driving a 2012 Dodge Charger. Villena-Celis was uninjured in the crash.

Detectives determined the Volkswagen was driving west on Roger Road, passing through the intersection of Mountain Avenue — which is a four-way stop — when the Charger, traveling at a high rate of speed, came up behind the Volkswagen and rear-ended it.

The collision caused the Volkswagen to rotate and veer off the road into the dirt shoulder on the north side of the street. The Charger continued westbound, out of control, spinning off the roadway onto the north side dirt shoulder at Freemont Avenue.

Avila-Arce was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Officers at the scene noticed signs and symptoms of intoxication on the driver of the Dodge Charger,” Widmer said. “A DUI investigation was conducted and the driver was arrested.”

Villena-Celis was booked into the Pima County jail and faces one count each of second-degree murder and criminal damage.

S. Tucson man fatally shot through his front door

A 31-year-old south-side man was shot and killed early Saturday morning.

Tucson homicide detectives have determined the suspect drove to a home in the 300 block of West 44th Street southwest of Interstates 10 and 19, went to the front door and spoke to the victim at about 12:45 a.m., Sgt. Chris Widmer, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release.

“At one point, the suspect produced a handgun and the victim immediately shut the door. The suspect fired through the door striking the victim. The suspect then fled in a vehicle,” Widmer said.

Two other adults in the home were unharmed.

“Detectives believe the suspect was known to the victim and are working to confirm his identity,” Widmer said.

Anyone with information should call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Kimberly Matas