Law & Order Briefs: Man commits suicide after child-porn arrest

2013-04-26T00:00:00Z 2013-04-26T07:50:40Z Law & Order Briefs: Man commits suicide after child-porn arrestArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Man commits suicide after child-porn arrest

A Tucson man who had been arrested in connection with sexual exploitation of a minor committed suicide, police said Thursday.

Richard Braun, 50, who was arrested last Friday, was found dead in his home Tuesday, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

Braun had recently been released from the Pima County jail, Widmer said.

In January, a tip was sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about three photos depicting child sexual abuse that were uploaded to an online data storage website.

The upload was traced to a home owned by Braun in the 1500 block of West Greenlee Street,near West Prince and North Romero roads, police said. At least two of the photos "appeared to be obviously child pornography," a search warrant stated.

Braun was facing five felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Carmen Duarte

Suspicious backpack prompts evacuations

A charter school, a behavioral health center and other businesses in a central neighborhood were evacuated Thursday after a suspicious backpack was reported in a parking lot, Tucson police said. The bag turned out to contain clothing.

Just after 1:30 p.m., a passerby saw an unattended backpack on the ground between two cars at HOPE Inc. (Helping Ourselves Pursue Enrichment), 1200 N. Country Club Road, one block north of East Speedway, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

Students at nearby AmeriSchools, a K-8 charter school, were evacuated to Himmel Park, where parents picked them up.

An explosives ordnance team used a device to tear open the backpack, which contained clothing and personal belongings, said Widmer.

Detectives talked to witnesses and will pull video from area businesses to try to determine if someone left the backpack accidentally in the lot, or if the incident was a hoax, said Widmer.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Carmen Duarte

Fire breaks out in tire-storage area

A fire broke out at Jack Furrier Tire & Auto Care shop on the city's south side about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Firefighters with Rural/Metro Fire Department encountered thick, black smoke at the shop at 3645 S. Palo Verde Road, north of East Ajo Way.

It took 22 firefighters about 35 minutes to bring the blaze under control, said Capt. Grant Cesarek, a Rural/Metro spokesman.

No one was injured in the blaze, which started in an area that was used for storage of used tires and retired vehicles, said Cesarek.

The cause is under investigation. A damage estimate was not known, he said.

Carmen Duarte

Man gets 17 years for home invasion

Bardo Emmanuel Sanchez-Zamudio, 26, of Tucson was sentenced to 17 years in prison for his role in a May 2011 home invasion.

Sanchez-Zamudio was one of several armed men who forced their way into a home near North First Avenue and East Pastime Road to steal drugs and money, only to learn they targeted the wrong house.

Three of the residents were assaulted.

Sanchez-Zamudio pleaded guilty in February to two counts of armed robbery. He was sentenced by Judge Christopher Browning.

Fabian Iriqui Armenta was sentenced in February to 59 years in prison for the home invasion and another burglary.

Veronica M. Cruz

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