Mesa Police Charge Suspect With First Degree Murder

November 25, 2010

On Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at approximately 4:48 p.m., Mesa Police officers responded to the Merritt Trailer Park, 59 S. Lazona Drive, after receiving a shots-fired call at this residence. When officers arrived, they discovered the victim, 23-year-old Jonathan Luna Limon, injured from apparent gunshot wounds. The Mesa Fire Department also responded and rendered emergency medical assistance to Limon. While they were treating Limon, Fire Department personnel located a small handgun in his pants pocket. Jonathan Luna Limon was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

While at the scene, officers contacted 21-year-old Nidia Alarcon-Vega, the victim's ex-girlfriend. She initially told investigators that she could not describe the shooter in this incident. Additional interviews with Alarcon-Vega uncovered a different story altogether. Earlier in the day, Jonathan left with Nidia Alarcon-Vega's 3-year-old daughter, without permission, from the house. Alarcon-Vega had left with Javier Machado-Aboites, who is her current boyfriend. Another friend, who remained at the residence with Alarcon-Vega's two children, told her that Jonathan had a gun when he left with her daughter. Around 4:00 p.m., Nidia called Mesa Police requesting a civil standby because Jonathan wanted her to meet him at Reed Park to give her daughter back. Shortly thereafter, Nidia called police back and cancelled the call, stating Jonathan was at her residence, her daughter was home and she no longer needed a civil standby.

Javier Machado-AboitesJonathan and Nidia were arguing outside the residence when a Hispanic male walked up and fired several gunshots, striking Jonathan at least twice. Nidia initially denied she could identify the suspect; however, during her interview with homicide investigators, she identified the current shooter as her boyfriend, Javier Machado-Aboites.

On Wesneday, November 24, 2010, detectives located Javier Machado-Aboites (seen here in photo) in Phoenix and took him into custody without incident. Javier Machado-Aboites was booked and is currently being held on the charge of First Degree Murder. 




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