Police release composite sketch of suspect in Maryvale serial shootings

Police have released two composite sketches of a suspect believed to be involved in a string of murders in a west Phoenix neighborhood.

- UPDATE: Police have released two composite sketches of a suspect believed to be involved in a string of murders in a west Phoenix neighborhood.

Phoenix police say most of the shootings happened in a Maryvale neighborhood and began on March 17.

In total, seven people have been killed in eight shooting incidents.

All of the serial shooting incidents are listed below:

  • On March 17, a 16-year-old teen was shot while walking near 11th Street and Moreland. The teen suffered non-life threatening injuries.
  • On March 18, a 21-year-old man was shot while standing in the street near 73rd Avenue and Heatherbrae Drive. The man suffered non-life threatening injuries.
  • On April 1, Diego Verdugo-Sanchez was shot and killed in front of a home near 55th and Campbell Avenues.
  • On April 19, 55-year-old Krystal Annette White was found dead front an apparent gunshot wound near 32nd and Filmore Streets.
  • On June 3, Horacio De Jesus Pena was shot and killed in front of a home near 67th Avenue and Flower Street.
  • On June 10, Manuel Castro Garcia was shot and killed in front of a home near 65th Avenue and Coronado Road.
  • One June 12, a vehicle was shot near 6200 W. Mariposa Drive. No one was inside the vehicle during the shooting.
  • One June 12, Angela Linner and Maleah and Stefanie Ellis were shot and killed in front of a home near 63rd Drive and Berkeley Road.

"Someone out there knows who did this," Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner said. "We need our community to call us or Silent Witness and help us solve these cases, bring justice to these families and victims, and prevent more violence from occurring."

The newly hired Phoenix Police Chief who will take over for Yahner later this year, Jeri Williams, echoed Yahner's statement. "We need the help and assistance of the community. We cannot be the eyes and ears all the time and to the suspect, we will find you."

A reward of $30,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

If you have any information, please call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. You can remain anonymous. 


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