Hector J. Molina (left) and Ariel Montes-Deoca

Tucson police detectives said two men are facing murder charges in the fatal shooting of a Tucson man at a south-side business on Jan.6.

Police arrested 26-year-old Ariel Montes-Deoca and 22-year-old Hector Molina in the killing of 61-year-old Anthony Quintela, who was a bystander gunned down during an armed robbery.

Both men were already in the Pima County Jail on unrelated charges. They now are facing charges of first-degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon, and multiple charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Police say Quintela was shot as a gunman fled Dulceria Funland, 702 W. Irvington Road, after robbing the cashier. Quintela later died at Banner-University Medical Center.

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Quintela's son, Michael, was at the store when his father was killed.

"This man was my world," Quintela said at a press conference for local unsolved homicides. "This is a kind of pain I wouldn’t wish on anybody."

Detectives were able to identify the two suspects from additional witness information paired with evidence collected at the scene, the department said.

Contact Star reporter Shaq Davis at 573-4218 or sdavis@tucson.com

On Twitter: @ShaqDavis1


Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.