Mesa police arrest murder suspect from Detroit

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MESA -- The following is a press release from the Mesa Police Department:

On September 16, 2007, four people were shot while playing cards in their driveway in Detroit, Michigan. In this incident, two shooters emerged from a vacant field armed with weapons, ran up to the four victims and began firing striking all four. Two of the victims were killed in this incident. Detroit PD investigators identified the shooters and were able to obtain fugitive arrest warrants for two counts of 1st Degree Murder, attempted murder and weapons and drug violations. The Mesa Police Department was contacted by the Detroit Violent Crime Task Force in early 2008. It was believed that one of the suspects, Edward Darwin Winston, was in the Mesa area. Edward Winston was not located at that time.

On March 20, 2009, Detroit Homicide Detectives uncovered information that Edward Winston was still in the Phoenix Metro area. They contacted Mesa PD and requested our assistance in locating Edward Winston. The Mesa PD Major Felon Unit and U.S. Marshals Task Force members began to work this investigation with Detroit PD and were led to the Premier Inn which is located at 10402 N. Black Canyon Highway in Phoenix. Surveillance was conducted at this location and Edward Winston was seen sitting in the hotel lobby area. Detectives were able to make contact with Winston in the lobby where he was taken into custody after a short struggle.

Edward Winston was booked on the Fugitive of Justice Warrant and was turned over to Detroit PD Homicide Detectives for return to Detroit, Michigan.