Outstanding suspect might help police solve ASU student's murder

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TEMPE, Ariz. - A suspect being sought by Tempe police for a strong armed robbery might be able to shed light on an Arizona State University student’s murder.

As Tempe police search for a suspect, family and friends held a memorial for Zachary Marco. He was remembered by friends and family Wednesday for his passion and commitment to helping others.
On Oct. 17, while walking home from the library, two men in their 20s took it all from Marco -- his laptop, his cell phone and his life.

Witnesses described seeing two black males leaving the scene near University Drive and Rural Road in a newer model, dark-colored four-door vehicle.

Tempe police are looking for Preston Aiookhai Huteson, 21. Huteson is accused of robbery and assault against another ASU student near Lemon Street and Stanley Place the same night as Marco’s death.

“It occurred in the same area or pretty close about four and a half hours or so beforehand,” Sgt. Steve Carbajal said. “We would be remiss if we didn't look into the possibility of those being connected.”

Police already have one suspect in custody with regard to the Lemon Street robbery but need help finding the second suspect.

“There have been robberies around campus and if this person was involved in this one, then there is the possibility he is involved in others as well,” police said.

Huteson is a black male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 165 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He has very distinct facial tattoos on his left cheek, above his left eye and on his right temple. He also has tattoos on both sides of his neck.

Anyone with any information regarding Huteson’s whereabouts or the robbery is encouraged to call the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.