Victim's Friend Arrested for Murder at Circle K

August 31, 2011

On August 28, 2011 at approximately 1:50 am, the Mesa Police Department responded to a shooting call in the parking lot of the Circle K at 1961 S. Val Vista Drive. The victim in this case was shot in the face and died at the scene as a result. The victim has been identified as 30-year-old Christopher M. Chavez.

During the investigation, a witness came forward who had been drinking with the suspect and the victim at a bar in Scottsdale earlier on the night of this homicide. At some point while in the bar, the suspect had placed the victim in a choke hold and covered his eyes from behind. The victim, not knowing who was doing this, spun around and pushed the suspect onto the ground. The suspect was upset with the victim over this incident because he embarrassed him in front of some female patrons. The witness told investigators the victim apologized and attempted to explain that he did not know who was choking him and covering his eyes. Security at the bar had to intervene and removed the three subjects from the bar.

The victim drove the suspect and witness back to Mesa and stopped at the Circle K at 1961 S. Val Vista Drive for bottles of water. According to the witness, the suspect remained angry at the victim for the incident at the bar in Scottsdale and they verbally argued during the drive. When the victim returned from the convenience store, he offered the suspect a bottle of water. He refused the water and instead punched the victim in the face inside the car. The suspect took off his shirt and challenged the victim to a physical fight. They both got out of the vehicle began a mutual physical confrontation in the parking lot. During this fight, the witness was able to pull them apart and they separated with the victim walking to the rear of his vehicle and the suspect going to the passenger side of the vehicle.

The suspect, removed a handgun from under the passenger seat and pointed it in the direction of the victim and the witness who were still at the rear of the vehicle. The suspect then fired the gun once, striking the victim in the face, killing him. Both the suspect and witness ran from the scene; however, officers later located the suspected murder weapon in a planter near the scene of the homicide. According to the witness, Raimonde and the victim have been friends for 15 years.

The suspect has been identified as Anthony E. Raimonde, 24. He was arrested yesterday afternoon without incident in Mesa. During questioning, Raimonde requested an attorney and did not provide any statements. He was booked on the following charges stemming from this incident -- 2nd Degree Murder; Aggravated Assault; Prohibited Possessor in Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm.

Anthony Raimonde



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