Tucson crime report: Child attack arrest; Molestation arrest; Firearms arrest; '73 murder conviction

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- An arrest has been made in the case of a man acting aggressively toward children on Tucson's north side.

Police say 28-year-old Christian Mercado groped two girls under the age of 10, at retail stores when their parents weren't looking.

Police put out this photo asking for help identifying him.  Mercado is charged with child molestation and aggravated assault.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Tucson man awaiting trial on charges of soliciting sex with kids on-line has been busted again while out on bail.

Police say 27-year-old Jeffery Albert put an ad on-line wanting to have sex with a mother and young daughter.

He was arrested this week.

In February he was arrested in another sting, where he allegedly put ads on-line asking men to bring their children to him for sex.



TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Tucson gun shop owner has been charged with making machine guns.

Michael Gesty, who runs Spartan Armory and Black Wolf Weapons is accused of teaching and helping others to make fully automatic machine gun rifles, which are illegal.

He faces several other charges such as failing to keep records of gun sales.

He could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of the most serious charge.



TUCSON, Ariz. -- A decades-old cold case in Tucson ends with a murder conviction.

A 57-year-old Wisconsin man William Zamastil, killed Leesa Jo Shaner of Tucson back in 1973.

The evidence at trial showed Zamastil kidnapped Shaner from the Tucson airport, raped, murdered and buried her at Fort Huachuca.

The FBI found out about Zamastil after he was in prison for another rape in Wisconsin.

He now faces life in prison.