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2 Suspects Arrested After Girl Thrown From Car


Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 16-year-old girl who was thrown from a car last week. They both went before a judge on Wednesday.

According to court documents, the suspects, 18-year-olds Lino Alberto Chavez and Jose Solis-Apodaca, stole a laptop from Anita Munoz on March 30.

Chavez was booked into jail on first-degree murder charges on Sunday after being taken into custody last Friday. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Phoenix police contacted Glendale investigators when Chavez's mother called them. She told them that her son had confessed to her that he had been involved in a crash.

When officers caught up to Chavez, they said he confessed the crime to them -- and then turned in his alleged accomplice, Apodaca.

Wednesday, Apodaca saw the judge first and was found to be in the country illegally. Apodaca was arrested Tuesday night at his Phoenix home and has been charged with first-degree murder. He is ineligible for bond.

Anita Munoz, the 16-year-old girl who remained comatose with severe brain injuries, was taken off life support on April 4th.

The apparent victim of a robbery, Munoz is the second person to die over a laptop in the past 6 months. The first was Zachary Marco in Tempe , a 21-year-old ASU student who was walking home from the library when he was shot and robbed of his laptop and cell phone.

Police think Chavez and Apodaca drove into the girl's apartment complex while she was working on her computer outside near the office.

They said Apodaca took her computer by force while Chavez waited in the driver's seat of the vehicle. There was some sort of struggle over the computer, at which point, police said Chavez and Apodaca drove away with Munoz partially inside the vehicle.

Last Wednesday, police were called to the intersection of 67th Avenue and Ocotillo for an injury crash, and that's when they found that Munoz had been pushed or thrown from an unknown vehicle.

Candles and flowers now mark the place where Anita fell to her death.

Court paperwork shows that Chavez later sold Anita's computer to a girl for $280.

Munoz was a student at Independence High School.

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