Investigators Seek Information Leading To Capture Of Shooting Suspects

April 21, 2008

The Mesa Police Department is seeking public assistance in locating two suspects who are wanted for aggravated assault. The crime occurred on March 19, 2008 shortly after midnight in an apartment home located at 130 N. Lesueur in Mesa. Investigators have made four arrests in connection with the incident; however, two suspects remain on the loose.

Investigators believe that on March 19, 2008 at 12:14 am, 18-year-old Mario Jesus Garcia, 28-year old Carlos Ramon Meza, and four other males who have been captured by police, went to the 23-year-old victim's apartment at 130 N. Lesueur and forced entry. Four of the six suspects were armed with various types of firearms. Upon entry, the male victim was shot in the arm at close range. After shooting the victim, the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle that has since been located by investigators. The investigation has lead to the arrest of four of the six suspects on suspicion of aggravated assault. At the time of the shooting, the victim's injuries were considered life threatening; however, the victim survived. Investigators believe the shooting was the result of a prior physical altercation between individuals known to the parties involved.

The suspects who have been arrested in this case have been identified as 19-year-old Emisael Balthazar Paz, 17-year-old Jose Rodolfo Lopez, 17-year-old Fidel Saldana Jr., and 16-year-old Luis Angel Suarez Sanchez, all of Mesa.

Investigators are asking for public assistance in locating suspects Mario Rubio Garcia and Carlos Ramon Meza. Anyone with information related to the suspects in this case is encouraged to contact Silent Witness at 480-948-6377, or the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211. The suspects in this case are considered armed and dangerous.


photo of Mario Garcia and Carlos Meza 


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