Tempe Police announced on Saturday they have arrested 32-year-old Bruce Paya for the homicide. Police say Paya got into a fight with the victim, killing him at Tempe Beach Park. Both the suspect and victim were homeless, and Paya now faces second-degree murder charges.
Detectives with Tempe Police began investigating the incident as a suspicious death on Friday afternoon, after the body was discovered at about 1:00 p.m. The investigation has closed a portion of the park.
Police say Paya was cooperative with officers when he was taken into custody, and investigators are now interviewing witnesses in this case.