Arrest made is 11-year-old cold case homicide

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By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer

PHOENIX - Phoenix police make a cold case arrest in a 2001 double homicide.

On January 3, 2001, the victims Michael Cordova, 35, and Jose Rojas, 38, were found shot to death inside the E & G Auto Body business located at 5040 South Central Avenue.

During the initial investigation a suspect was identified. Abel Hildalgo, 33, was identified as the suspect and shooter in the incident.

At the time of the identification, Hildalgo was already in long-term federal custody on an unrelated triple homicide case from Idaho.

According to police, due to the nature of the case and belief there were co-conspirators in the incident, Hildalgo was not charged.

Cold case detectives began looting at the case again on April 14 and arrested Hildalgo at the Federal prison in Tucson for his involvement in the 2001 crime.

Hildalgo admitted his involvement in the double-homicide and was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail in Phoenix.

He faces two counts of first degree murder.

Cold case detectives continue to investigation the double-homicide and want to identify anyone else that may have been involved in the deaths.