PHOENIX — Burglary was the apparent motive behind the September beating death of a young boxer that resulted in the arrests of two men Friday night, police said.
Police said the two men arrested in connection with the death of 17-year-old Alexis Urbina had been trying to sell property they stole from his home, which led police to connect them with the crime.
Urbina, a 2013 USA Boxing youth national champion and an Olympic hopeful, died in a hospital after being beaten at his home in south Phoenix.
Police arrested Joseph Jessie Corrales, 23, and Robert Chavez, 22, on Friday night in connection with the Sept. 3 burglary at Urbina’s home that ended in his being beaten to death, said Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump. Urbina had stayed home from school that day and was home alone while his family ran errands, Crump said.
Crump said police believe Corrales and Chavez chose the home because they thought it was an “easy target” to burglarize.
The teen was likely caught off guard. “This young man was used to a fair fight and that’s not what he got this day,” Crump said.