A 28-year-old Phoenix woman has been arrested in connection with an attempted carjacking that ended when another suspect was shot to death by the intended victim, police said.

Viviana Aldrete, 28, is suspected of running from the scene after the man she was with was shot and killed as he attempted to take another man’s car at knifepoint about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Phoenix police said.

According to police, Aldrete is suspected of walking up to the 19-year-old man as he sat in his vehicle near the gas pumps at a Circle K at 24th Street and Baseline Road, attempting to distract him.

Another man, who has not been identified, then walked up and threatened the man in the car with a knife in an attempt to take his car, police said. The man pulled out a handgun and shot the man with the knife, who was later pronounced dead, police said.

The 19-year-old then called police to report what happened and waited for officers to arrive, Phoenix police said.

Aldrete fled the scene but later was found hiding in a residence in the area, police said.

Aldrete was booked on one count of first-degree felony murder and one count of armed robbery. Under Arizona law, a person can be charged with felony murder if they are involved in the commission of a felony crime that results in someone being killed, even if they were not the one who killed the victim.


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