Detectives ID body dumped at Tonopah truck stop; 2 men arrested

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on October 13, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 13 at 6:04 PM

TONOPAH, Ariz. -- Maricopa County sheriff's detectives arrested two Buckeye men in connection to a body that was dumped at a truck stop in the Tonopah area on Monday.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the T/A truck stop after a body was found in the parking lot Monday afternoon. The body was later identified as Johnathan Michael-Andrew Greth, 17, of Buckeye.

According to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the investigation revealed that Greth and two men were involved in a burglary at a home in the Buckeye area on Monday. The men have been identified as Matthew Christopher Peters, 20, and Joseph Lambert Domingo-Metcalf Jr., 18.

According to a news release from the sheriff's office, the three burglary suspects were confronted by a neighbor who heard a commotion coming from the home. The neighbor, whose name was not released, tried to stop the suspects as they were fleeing.

The neighbor told detectives that the suspects' vehicle headed in his direction at an increasing speed and he fired a weapon in the vicinity of the vehicle. Greth was hit in the chest.

Detectives tracked the suspects to a Goodyear apartment and took them into custody.

The neighbor is not in custody at this time.

Arpaio said the investigation is continuing.

Peters and Metcalf will be charged under the felony murder rule with first-degree murder, burglary and disposing of a body. They have been booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail.

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