Aaron Juan Saucedo is being held on a $750,000 bond in connection with a fatal shooting in 2015.
Maricopa County Superior Court

A 23-year-old Phoenix man is being held in jail in connection with a fatal shooting in 2015.

Police say they developed probable cause to arrest Aaron Juan Saucedo as a suspect in the murder of 61-year-old Raul Romero, who was gunned down outside his car on Aug. 16, 2015.

The link, police say, was a Hi-Point 9mm handgun Saucedo had pawned less than three weeks after the murder.

Saucedo, who was arrested Wednesday, is facing a charge of first-degree murder. A judge set his bond at $750,000.

Detectives were conducting a search warrant at Saucedo’s home Friday near 10th Street and Camelback Road. A neighbor told The Arizona Republic that police had seized Saucedo’s car, a black BMW, from outside the home.

Romero was found dead near his car in an apartment-complex parking lot near Seventh Street and Montebello Avenue after a burst of rapid gunfire sent residents from their homes.

Daughter Lora Romero described the victim as a “loving, caring, hardworking man.” He had five children and four grandchildren whom his daughter said “he would do anything for.”

In stating the case against Saucedo in court records, police did not provide a motive for the fatal shooting.

“Saucedo did not wish to speak with investigators except to say he did not commit this crime,” court records say.

Saucedo’s next court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 27.


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