DNA Links Suspect to Homicide

August 17, 2011

On August 16, 2011 at approximately 7:30 PM, the Mesa Police Department made an arrest related to a stabbing homicide from August 5, 2011. The homicide was at the Rawls Motel, 1310 W. Main St. The arrest was the result of DNA evidence from the scene linking the suspect to the crime. The victim, Johann Ruekert, was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple stab wounds. There were no suspects in the case until the DNA evidence returned.

The suspect, identified as Christopher Adam Ross, 27, (shown here in photo) was located at his residence in Apache Junction. He was arrested and taken into custody without incident. He has been booked on one count of first degree murder, one count of burglary and one count of robbery. Ross has made no admissions to his involvement in the homicide.

Although the suspect has been identified and arrested, detectives are still following up on leads in the investigation. Anyone with information about the suspect or victim is encouraged to contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211.

Christopher Ross









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