MCSO: Suspect in fatal Youngtown shooting in May is arrested

August 22, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — A suspect wanted in connection to a deadly shooting in Youngtown three months ago has been arrested.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials say 37-year-old Anthony Joe Romero is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.

At his initial court appearance Wednesday, bond was set at $1 million for Romero, who doesn’t have a lawyer yet.

Sheriff’s officials say Peoria police arrested Romero at a traffic stop Tuesday.

Authorities had been searching for Romero since he allegedly fled the scene of a May 17 shooting that left Ruben Hernandez dead following an argument.

They say Romero abandoned the vehicle at a Youngtown shopping center.

Detectives recovered it and reported finding ammunition that matched the shell casings and caliber type from the shooting scene.

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