Law and order briefs

2014-04-16T00:00:00Z Law and order briefs Arizona Daily Star
April 16, 2014 12:00 am

South Tucson police arrest slaying suspect

South Tucson police arrested a suspect in a deliberate hit-and-run that killed a man.

Alkila Bonds, 44, was arrested Tuesday at a residence in the 300 block of East 30th Street, Lt. Jeff Inorio, a South Tucson Police spokesman, said in a news release.

The victim has been identified as Jerod Anthony Chaney, 40, but police have been unable to contact his family.

A confidential source gave information about the suspect and the vehicle to the Tucson Police Department, which gave the info to South Tucson police, the release said.

Detectives found the suspect’s vehicle at the residence “and it appeared that crude repairs to the damaged areas were attempted,” the release said.

Bonds was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and weapons misconduct and was booked into jail.

The slaying happened Saturday near South Fifth Avenue and East 31st Street. Police found Chaney laying in an alley with life-threatening injuries when responding to a report of a man who was struck by a vehicle around 7:45 a.m., the release said.

Chaney was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Detectives learned the man was being chased by the driver of a silver four-door sedan and was intentionally struck before the driver fled.

Chaney may have relatives in Memphis, Tenn., the release said.

Bonds was sentenced in April 2012 to 1½ years in prison for weapons misconduct after accidentally shooting his friend in the stomach when showing off a new gun, according to Star archives. Bonds was a prohibited possessor at the time of the shooting.

Veronica M. Cruz

Name of homicide victim released

A man found dead in a midtown apartment has been identified as 48-year-old Victor Ruiz.

Ruiz was found dead Monday in his apartment at the Summit Ridge Apartments, 1252 S. Craycroft Road, by a manager, Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson police spokesman, said in a news release.

The man had “obvious signs of trauma,” the release said.

Anyone with information can call 911 or 88-CRIME (882-7463).

Veronica M. Cruz

Student arrested
with nonworking gun

A Canyon del Oro High School student was arrested Tuesday morning after police said witnesses saw him pointing a rifle at cars and two people from a park near the school.

Oro Valley police school resource and patrol officers responded to James D. Kriegh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia, around 8 a.m. and found the teen, Lt. Kara Riley an Oro Valley Police Department spokeswoman said in a news release.

“The rifle was later found to be a non-functioning weapon,” the release said.

Riley describe the gun as something that would be used by a member of the honor guard or ROTC to perform drills.

“It looks as real as you’re gonna get but it’s not a functioning weapon,” she said.

The teen was booked into Pima County Juvenile Court Detention Center on suspicion of aggravated assault, a class 3 felony, criminal nuisance, a class 3 misdemeanor, and endangerment, threat and intimidation and disorderly conduct, which are class 1 misdemeanors, Riley said.

Veronica M. Cruz

Police arrest suspect in sexual assaults

Tucson police arrested a man suspected in a series of sexual assaults committed in the last four months in the midtown area.

The man, whose name is being withheld “for investigative purposes,” was arrested on April 11 in connection with one of the assaults that happened in March, Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson police spokesman, said in a news release.

The man lived in the area of East 22nd Street and South Craycroft Road, where the assaults occurred, and had a prior arrest for sexual assault, the release said. He was booked into jail.

On Tuesday, detectives linked the man to another assault that happened April 9 near Craycroft Road and East Broadway, based on forensic information from the police department’s crime lab, the release said.

Detectives believe the man was involved in at least two other sexual assaults and are awaiting forensic test results.

Five attacks between January and April were reported in the same area. The victims were all women who were walking alone in the area and the assaults all happened between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

In four of the incidents, the attacker was armed with a weapon.

Veronica M. Cruz

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