TPD: Suspects in January shooting now facing murder charges

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Detectives with the Tucson Police Department have identified two suspects in the Jan. 6 fatal shooting of 61-year-old Anthony Quintela, according to a TPD news release.

Thanks to information from an additional witness about the incident, detectives were able to identify the two men as 26-year-old Ariel Montes-Deoca and 22-year-old Hector J. Molina.

According to the release a warrant was obtained on July 5 for the suspects, who were already in the Pima County Jail on unrelated charges.

Both Deoca and Molina are facing the following charges: First Degree Murder, Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Prohibited Possessor and multiple charges of Armed Robbery and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Additional charges are pending, according to TPD.

The incident began on Jan. 6, at 8:30 p.m. as a call for shots fired. When TPD officers arrived at the 700 block of West Irvington Road they learned that the shots were part of an armed robbery that happened at Raspados Funland at 702 West Irvington Road.

According to TPD one person, Quintela had been shot and was transported to Banner University Medical Center where he later died.

TPD determined that a suspect had entered the business armed with a gun and robbed the cashier, taking an undisclosed amount of money. As the suspect was leaving the business, an armed customer confronted the suspect, several shots were fired between the two.  According to TPD it was at this point that Quintela was hit by the gunfire. The customer was not injured, nor was the suspect who fled the scene heading eastbound.

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