A man who was on the run for three months after a deadly shooting in Youngtown was arrested Tuesday in Peoria, officials said. 

Court records obtained Wednesday by The Arizona Republic say a Peoria police officer pulled over a car Anthony Romero was in and discovered Romero had multiple warrants for his arrest, including one for second-degree murder.

Romero, 37, is accused of shooting and killing Ruben Hernandez on May 17 at a Youngtown residence.

According to court records, witnesses said they heard a verbal argument between Romero and Hernandez before hearing as many as two gunshots.

When detectives arrived on the scene, Romero was gone and Hernandez was found lying outside the front door of the home with a gunshot wound, records show. 

Although detectives initially noticed only one gunshot wound to Hernandez’s left upper arm, an autopsy showed that a small caliber bullet had gone through Hernandez’s left upper arm before entering his torso, court records show. The bullet had traveled through his body and stopped near his right armpit. He died at the scene.

Court records indicate Romero was picked up by a woman after the shooting. The two went to a local shopping center where they abandoned the vehicle, according to court records.

Detectives later found the car, searched it and found a number of rounds of ammunition inside, which matched the shell casing and caliber type used to kill Hernandez, records show.

Romero’s bond is set at $1 million and his next court hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 30. 



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