Police: Suspect admits shooting, killing 2 young menPosted: Updated:
MESA, Ariz. – Police have made an arrest in the murder of two young Mesa men.
Detective Mike Melendez of the Mesa Police Department said officers arrested Jesus Antonio Busso Estopellan, 21, Thursday in connection with the shooting deaths of Tyler Webster and Olek Wladyszewski.
Webster, 18, and Wladyszewski, 19, were sitting in a parked car at about 1:15 a.m. on Wednesday when Estopellan allegedly shot and killed them.
Melendez said cell phone records indicate that Wladyszewski and Estopellan had been communicating via text message prior to the deadly shooting.
During an interview with detectives, Melendez said Estopellan, who had already been read his Miranda rights, admitted to arranging a meeting with Wladyszewski and directing him to the corner of Cheshire and Farmdale Avenue in Mesa.
“When Wladyszewski and Webster arrived, he [Estopellan] walked up to their vehicle, shot Wladyszewski, and then he shot Webster,” Melendez said in a news release.
Wladyszewski, who was in the driver’s seat, was pronounced dead at the scene. Webster, who was in the passenger’s seat, was air-lifted to a hospital where he later died.
It initially was not clear if Webster, a student at Arizona State University, had any connection to Estopellan or if he knew that Estopellan and Wladyszewski had been texting.
Court paperwork shows Estopellan brokered a marijuana purchase from Wladyszewski two months ago, but the man who bought the pot hadn't paid yet and was threatening Estopellan.
Estopellan, who is in the U.S. illegally, said he did all this to protect his family from the man involved in the purchase of the marijuana. He also indicated he had been planning to the crime for one to two months.
According to the court papers, Estopellan told police his original plan was just to kill Wladyszewski, but had to kill Webster because he could identify him.
Estopellan has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.