Tempe Police identify suspects in murder

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Jose Hernandez, 41, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of Charles Roselli. By Andrew Michalscheck Jose Hernandez, 41, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of Charles Roselli. By Andrew Michalscheck

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe Police have identified the suspects connected with the murder of 52-year-old Charles Roselli.

On May 9, Jose Hernandez, 41, and another suspect reportedly committed a home invasion at Roselli’s apartment at 201 E. Hermosa Drive.

An altercation with Roselli took place and he was subsequently shot.

Roselli was taken to a local hospital, where he died on May 11.

Hernandez and the other suspect fled Roselli’s residence, but lost control of their vehicle and left it in a residential neighborhood.

The suspects were eventually able to enter a home and make off with another car, which they crashed into a retaining wall.

The suspects fled on foot, but Hernandez was arrested a short time later.

Hernandez was found to be in possession of a handgun at the time of his arrest. He was taken to a local hospital with injuries, and on Monday he was booked into jail on several charges including first-degree murder.

The second suspect was able to avoid arrest the night of Roselli’s murder.

Police, however, contacted an investigative lead in the case who is in custody on unrelated charges.

The second suspect has yet to be charged with a crime, but based on information known at this time, investigators say they are not looking for any additional suspects.

Police believe the incident occurred as a result of suspected drug activity in Roselli’s apartment.