Stabbing Incident Becomes First Mesa Homicide of 2008

January 23, 2008

photo of Gustavo HuizarOn January 16, 2008, Mesa Police responded to the area of 1440 S. Val Vista reference a possible stabbing incident. Mesa Police discovered victim, David Frank, with a single stab wound to his upper abdomen/lower chest area. Frank was immediately transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

According to a male witness, David Frank was in a vehicle with a Hispanic male on January 16 attempting to purchase heroin from the Hispanic male. Frank then demanded his money back from the male. There was a brief struggle and the witness stated the Hispanic male took out a knife. The witness and Frank exited the vehicle and Frank advised the witness that he had been stabbed.

Mesa Police investigators worked actively on the case and located suspect Gustavo Zamora Huizar, 24, at a residence in Phoenix. Huizar granted consent for Mesa Police to search his bedroom where two handguns, $8,000 in cash and several knives were located.

The male witness positively identified Huizar as the male who stabbed Frank.

Mesa Police booked Gustavo Zamora Huizar (seen in photo) for one count of Second Degree Murder on January 22, 2008.



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