Two Arizona men escalate petty crime into murder

On Saturday morning tragedy struck the City of Casa Grande in Arizona when Julian Reynolds, aged 30, was gunned down on Isom Road near Elzy Pearson Shooting Range.

Upon arriving at the scene, the Casa Grand Police Department learned that Roberto Barrera, 21, and Victor Leal, 20, along with a 16-year-old juvenile, had encountered Reynolds after their car ran out of gas and had proceeded to burglarize a vehicle belonging to him. Reynolds then confronted them, which ended in his death from multiple gunshot wounds.

The suspects, along with the juvenile who had fled the scene on foot, were located and apprehended by police. Evidence of the crime was recovered, such as the alleged murder weapon found in the desert with the assistance of K9 member Blitz, as well as Reynold’s stolen property. Barrera and Leal face charges, including first degree murder, third-degree burglary and tampering with evidence.

The 16-year-old was released without charges after being questioned by police. Another teenager was charged with concealing evidence but was not present at the time of the shooting.

Mark McCrory, Police Chief, extended an expression of gratitude to the community in light of the investigation, noting that it demonstrated the police department’s commitment to justice and safety in the City of Casa Grande.