Police make arrest in 10 year cold case

Jacob Holmes
Jacob Holmes
A cold case murder mystery was solved by Phoenix Police. It's been more than 10 years since Alvaro Escalera was shot and killed.

Police arrested Jacob Holmes and they're still searching for another suspect, identified as James Myron Allen.  They say he was with Holmes when the shooting happened and there's a warrant out for his arrest.

Holmes, 33, is now behind bars.

"I'm super happy for the family, knowing that the person who did the shooting did not get away with it," said Tim Logan.

For more than 10 years, Logan had hoped for justice. He met the Escalera family just after Alvaro's death. The family donated Alvaro's organs, and Tim got his heart.

"It was a miracle for me, but a tragedy for the family," he said.

In 2003, Alvaro was killed while standing with friends in the parking lot of a Mexican food restaurant near 35th Avenue and Glendale. Police say Holmes opened fire into the crowd hitting Alvaro.

"Poor guy didn't know what happened, it was just an incidental shooting, he happened to be struck by accident," said Logan.

Police say Holmes took off from the scene and witnesses didn't cooperate. For years, the case sat cold until detectives reviewed the case and matched DNA to Holmes.

"Justice for his family," said Logan.

Logan is one of six people who received Alvaro's organs.  His heart transplant was a success and he now spends his days caring for his disabled son Mickey.

"If they hadn't of saved my life, I wouldn't be able to stay here to care for my son and that meant the world to me," he said.  "Nobody ever wants to get a heart transplant knowing someone else died so that they could get a heart transplant... I was 47, Alvaro was 26, so my heart is 21 years younger than I am."

Again, police are still searching for a second suspect in this case. If you have any information, call Silent Witness at (480) WITNESS.

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