Law & Order Briefs

2013-05-16T00:00:00Z 2013-05-16T09:00:45Z Law & Order BriefsCarmen Duarte and Kimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Boy, 16, shot in head by accident, cops say

Tucson police were investigating an apparent accidental shooting involving two teens Wednesday near a Rita Ranch neighborhood.

Two 16-year-old boys were in the desert near the 9800 block of East Bainbridge Street, near East Rita and South Houghton roads, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

One teen had a gun and the gun accidentally went off, a bullet striking the other teen in the head, Widmer said.

The injured teen, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, approached a man who was in his front yard in the neighborhood shortly after 11 a.m., and told the man he had been shot, Widmer said. The man called 911.

Paramedics treated the teen before taking him to a hospital, said Capt. Barrett Baker, a Tucson Fire spokesman.

Detectives were investigating the shooting, Widmer said.

Desert Sky Middle School, 9850 E. Rankin Loop, in the Vail Unified School District was temporarily put on lockdown during the initial investigation, said Widmer.

Carmen Duarte

Arrest warrant issued in 2011 fatal crash

Authorities are searching for a man wanted in connection with a fatal crash in 2011.

An arrest warrant for manslaughter has been issued for Reyes Jovan Miranda, 27, who left the scene of a deadly crash on June 23, 2011, said Deputy Jesus Bañuelos, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Traffic investigators found out that Miranda was the driver of a 2002 Jaguar that struck a tree shortly before 3 a.m. in the 2300 block of West Drexel Road, Bañuelos said.

Miranda left the scene before deputies arrived.

Deputies found an injured man lying a few feet from the car, and another man was trapped in the car. The trapped man, Ramon Jesus Steele, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe Miranda has possibly left the country and is living in Mexico, Bañuelos said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Carmen Duarte

Colo. child molester arrested in Tucson

A Colorado child molester was arrested in Tucson on Tuesday by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Juan Carlos Sanchez, 40, was a fugitive and one of Colorado's "Top 100 Most Wanted Sex Offenders," Deputy U.S. Marshal Daniel Leyva, said in a news release. Sanchez was arrested on a warrant out of El Paso County District Court in Colorado.

"In September 2005, Sanchez was convicted of sexual assault on a child after he put a muscle relaxer in the drink of a 12-year-old girl and then sexually assaulted her," Leyva said.

As a result of his conviction, Sanchez is required to register as a sex offender. In 2007, Sanchez was suspected of drugging and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old Colorado woman, Leyva said.

"Investigators in Colorado attempted to interview Sanchez, however, he fled the state," Leyva said.

Recently, the Marshals Service received information that Sanchez was in Tucson. Deputies set up surveillance on a house in the area of North Oracle and West Roger roads. They followed Sanchez when he left with two women and drove to a fast-food restaurant and arrested him.

He was booked into the Pima County jail pending extradition to Colorado.

Kimberly Matas

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