Man facing charges in killing of baby
A 29-year-old man was arrested and is facing charges that he killed a 3-month-old boy being cared for by his live-in girlfriend.
Genaro Urbina was booked into the Pima County jail, originally on a charge of child abuse after Izayah Garcia was taken to a hospital on Monday with life-threatening injuries, said police Sgt. Chris Widmer.
Izayah died of those injuries Thursday, Widmer said. Urbina will now face a charge of second-degree murder in addition to the abuse charge, Widmer said.
On Monday morning, police and paramedics were called to a home in the 5900 block of South Wood Crest Drive, in the Midvale Park area, because of an unresponsive baby. The child was immediately taken to the hospital.
The hospital staff told police that the baby had suffered nonaccidental injuries, Widmer said.
Investigators determined that Izayah was being cared for by the adult daughter of the baby's custodial guardians.
Early Monday, Izayah awoke crying and Urbina went to check on him, Widmer said. Detectives determined the baby suffered injuries while Urbina was checking on him, Widmer said.
Urbina put the baby back in his crib and returned to bed, he said. His girlfriend awoke at 6 a.m. and found Izayah unresponsive, and she called 911.
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Accidental shooting gets teen a citation
A teen who accidentally shot his friend Wednesday in a desert area near a Rita Ranch neighborhood was cited for minor in possession of a firearm.
The 16-year-old boy told investigators that he had a gun and it accidentally went off, and that a bullet struck his friend, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman. The teen was cited and released to his parents.
The shooting occurred shortly after 11 a.m. near the 9800 block of East Bainbridge Street, near East Rita and South Houghton roads.
The victim, also 16, was shot in the face - not the head, as authorities reported earlier. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and underwent surgery Thursday, Widmer said.
Police arrest 3 boys in east-side alley fires
Three boys were arrested by Tucson police in connection with a series of alley fires in a neighborhood near East 22nd Street and South Wilmot Road.
Since mid-April, Tucson fire crews and police had responded to at least 20 different fires set in the area.
On Sunday, there were seven alley fires set.
Investigators determined three juveniles were responsible, police said in a news release Thursday. The three boys - two age 11 and a 12-year-old - are facing charges of reckless burning and arson of property.
Police believe additional youths have been involved with some of the fires. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.
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Man shot walking dog knew attacker, cop says
A man shot Wednesday while walking his dog in a north-side neighborhood knew his assailant, a police official said.
The man was walking in the area of West Grant and North Oracle roads just before 5 p.m. when a bald man driving a red pickup drove up and shot him multiple times. The victim is in stable condition at a hospital, said Sgt. Maria Hawke, spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department. The dog was not hurt.
Inmate doesn't get far in 5-minute escape
An inmate at the Pima County jail with just 10 days left on his sentence tried to escape Wednesday night.
He got as far as the chain link fence surrounding the secured facility at 1270 W. Silverlake Road and gave up, said Deputy Jesus Bañuelos, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department.
The 26-year-old was serving a 30-day sentence for aggravated assault. He and other inmate workers were being escorted to a van at about 9 p.m. after a shift in the kitchen at the main jail. The inmates were going to be driven back to the minimum-security building when the man made a run for it, Bañuelos said.
One guard stayed with inmates already in the van while two others ran after the escapee. He ran for about 400 yards before being apprehended. The whole incident lasted less than five minutes. All proper procedures were followed by the guards, Bañuelos said.
"He claims he didn't know where he was going to go. He said he planned to walk back to his home, but his home is in Marana," Bañuelos said. "Why he ran with 10 days left, nobody knows. Now he's going to be charged for the escape."
Beer thief threatened clerk with bottles
A thief wielding beer bottles threatened a clerk after she locked him in a convenience store because he refused to pay for a couple of cases of Budweiser.
After he threatened the clerk, she unlocked the door and he got away without paying from the Circle K at 4990 N. Oracle Road at West River Road, just before 10 p.m. April 24, said Deputy Tracy Suitt, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department. Anyone with information about the thief is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.
200 briefly evacuated after McDonald's fire
A grease fire at a McDonald's inside a Walmart forced the evacuation of about 200 customers and employees shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday. The store, in the 1600 block of West Valencia Road at South Midvale Park Road, was closed for about an hour, said Tucson Fire Capt. Chris Jurvig.