Aaron Juan Saucedo, the man identified by Phoenix police as the suspected “Serial Street Shooter,” blurted to a judge that he was innocent after being read the 26 charges, including eight counts of first-degree murder, that police are seeking against him, the Arizona Republic reports. Police said Monday afternoon that Saucedo had been arrested in connection with the string of shootings that left nine people dead and two injured between August 2015 and July 2016.
Saucedo is now facing nine counts of first-degree murder and has been jailed since April 19 in connection with the Aug. 16, 2015, shooting death of 61-year-old Raul Romero, a man whom his mother had been seeing. Police say it appears the other victims of the Serial Street Shooter were chosen at random. Yesterday, the judge ordered that Saucedo be held without bond “until the charges are completely resolved.” Three thousand, five hundred calls came into the Phoenix Police Department regarding the Serial Street Shooter, but it was just one of those tips — reporting a man who looked like the police composite sketch of the suspect, driving a BMW — that led police to Saucedo, 23. the Los Angeles Times reports