Phoenix police make arrest in cold-case murder

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police say they have made an arrest in a 2001 murder, closing a cold case.

In the early morning hours of June 30, 2001, Rishard LaPointe was found stabbed to death inside his apartment near Seventh Street and Bell Road in North Phoenix. Police never made an arrest.

Cold-case detectives reopened and reviewed the case last fall. After that, an arrest warrant was issued for Marc Salinas, an acquaintance of LaPointe, who was 40 years old when  he was murdered.

On Monday, U.S. Marshals arrested Salinas, 38, in Delhi, Calif. He is being held in the Merced County Jail until he can be extradited back to Arizona. He faces a charge of murder.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department said Salinas took a bus from Phoenix to California the day after LaPointe's murder. Salinas has been living there ever since.

Thompson has not said while led detectives to connect Salinas to the murder of LaPointe.