Police said on Monday that a 23-year-old Arizona man had been arrested in connection with street shootings that terrorized the Phoenix area over four months last year.
The man, Aaron Saucedo – initially arrested April 19 for a fatal shooting in 2015 – was re-booked Monday into a Maricopa County jail.
He now faces 26 charges related to the serial street shootings that happened from March to July 2016.
Making the announcement on Monday afternoon, Police Chief Jeri Williams revealed that at least two additional murders had been linked to the serial shooter, bringing the death toll to nine.
Investigators also recently added to the series of shootings an incident in August 2015, when shots were fired into a house, but no one was hurt.
The addition brings the total shootings to 12.
The announcement comes after weeks of speculations and unconfirmed reports on the investigations.
According to Williams, about 3,300 tips from the community ultimately led to Saucedo.
“We hope that our community will rest a little easier and that our officers will get a little more sleep, knowing our wheels of justice are finally in motion at work,” she said.
Last month, Saucedo was arrested and held on a $750,000 bond on suspicion of murdering 61-year-old Raul Romero in August 2015.
Romero had been dating the suspect’s mother at the time of his death.
And on Monday, police connected Romero’s death with what were dubbed the “Serial Street Shootings” at the time.
Romero’s death was also linked to the shooting of 22-year-old Jesse Olivas. Olivas was killed in a drive-by-shooting on Jan. 1, 2016.
Unlike Romero, the rest of the victims were seemingly picked at random. They were returning home from work, visiting family, or lounging in their yards when a phantom assailant gunned them down.
Witnesses and survivors described the gunman as a slender, young, Hispanic man, but couldn’t agree on the vehicle’s model.
Police said that the suspects could have had access to multiple vehicles at the time, but circulated a stock photo of a car one witness described in detail; a black BMW 5 series, late 1990s to early 2000s.