Murder suspect arrested in Colo. after accomplice turns himself in

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by David Baker and Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Kristine Harrington

Posted on May 7, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 8 at 6:01 PM

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police say two men suspected in a shooting that left a young man dead are in custody.

Robert Brown, 32, turned himself in to Phoenix police Monday morning and Allen James Christone Robinson, 30, is in the custody of the Colorado State Police.

Robinson was found after Phoenix police detectives distributed numerous bulletins to law enforcement agencies all over the country advising that he was a suspect in a homicide.

Detectives said Brown was driving a Lincoln Town car while Robinson shot two men in another car early Sunday morning. 

Francisco Juarez, 20, was killed and his 19-year-old friend was grazed by a bullet.

The incident started when the two suspects asked Juarez and his friend to buy them beer at a Circle K near 11th Avenue and Hatcher Road after the clerk refused to sell it to them because they appeared intoxicated. Juarez and his friend refused because they were underage.

"They had a conversation there in front of the store," said police spokesman Officer James Holmes. "They were smiling, there was laughing between both parties, there was some handshakes, and Francisco and his friend got into their Toyota vehicle and they left."

Police said the suspects then followed the two friends, shot up their sedan and drove off. The victims' car then crashed through the garage at Intech Automotive at Central Avenue and Hatcher Road.

Police detectives have learned that the victims and suspects had discussed the recent Mayweather/Cotto professional fight while outside the Circle K store. Robinson took from the conversation that the victims did not like Floyd Mayweather so he shot them, according to Holmes.
 
The information distributed to other law enforcement agencies was that Robinson may be traveling in a white 1992 Honda car with a female and two small children. This information was read at a Colorado DPS briefing Tuesday morning and a trooper saw what he believed to be the suspect vehicle in the area of Rifle, Colo., and stopped the car.

Holmes said it was the correct car and Robinson was taken into custody without incident.

Both suspects face murder charges.

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