Calif. homicide suspect arrested after standoff in Tolleson

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TOLLESON -- Tolleson police officers arrested a man wanted for a homicide in California.

On Friday, a woman told officers that someone had attempted to rob her and steal her vehicle in the parking lot of the Circle K at Van Buren Street and 83rd Avenue.

The victim was able to give a description of the suspect and a direction of travel.

Sgt. Rudy Mendoza said officers found the suspect inside the Roosevelt Irrigation canal located just south of the Circle K. The suspect, who was holding a gun, refused to exit the canal and a standoff ensued.

During the standoff the suspect told officers that he was wanted for murder in California. After approximately 35 minutes, the suspect put down the gun and was helped out of the canal.

Police identified the man as Steven Chavez Jr., 29, of Compton, Calif.

Police confirmed that Chavez was wanted for a homicide that occurred Feb. 15 in Compton, Calif. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office detectives believe the gun located by the Tolleson officers may be the same one used in the homicide.

Chavez was booked into Fourth Avenue Jail on charges of attempted armed robbery, attempted robbery, burglary, misdemeanor assault, and the homicide warrant.