Joseph Torres, Alice Puente

Authorities arrested a 38-year-old man Wednesday, in connection with the October shooting death of Israel Dominguez Alfaro on Tucson's south side.

Joseph Torres was booked into the Pima County jail on one count of second-degree murder, after detectives found evidence that linked him to Alfaro's shooting, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

Torres is being held on a $350,000 bond, according to jail records.

Shortly after 1 a.m. on Oct. 23, officers went to the area of South 7th Avenue and West Lincoln Street for reports of a possible shooting.

When they arrived, they found Alfaro in the street with obvious signs of gunshot trauma. He was taken to a hospital, but died shortly after arrival, Dugan said.

Detectives learned that Alfaro and 29-year-old Alice Puente had gotten into a physical altercation earlier that night, and hours later, when Alfaro was walking down the street with his brother, Puente and several men pulled up in an SUV and confronted the two, Dugan said.

A fight broke out and one of the suspects fired a gun, striking Alfaro, after which Puente and the men got back in the SUV and fled, Dugan said.

Puente was located shortly after and taken into custody. She's been charged with manslaughter, kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, according to Pima County court records.

She remains in the Pima County jail on a $750,000 bond.

Detectives are still trying to identify the other suspects in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Contact reporter Caitlin Schmidt at or 573-4191


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